Slot Machine positioning

Volumes have been written on this issue, and the bickering and disharmony about where the "hot" video slots are installed in a casino are still on-going – more than 60 years after one armed bandits were first installed in the casinos.

The classic rule is that the best slots were located just inside the main entry of the casino; so that casino fanatics walking by would be able to see jackpot winners and be attracted to come unto the gambling floor and play. Our theorem is that this is definitely no longer so.

The great majority of the large casinos today are magnificent complexes and it’s no longer possible to see inside from the sidewalk, so there’s no longer a reason to situate the ‘loose’ slots close to any doors.

Yet another standard rule is that loose slot games are installed on the major aisles inside the casinos, again so that more persons could see winning jackpots and be energized to play. Importantly however, we find that this also is no longer a universal rule.

What casinos found over the years is that people walking down the busy aisles were frequently on the way to somewhere else. If they played the slots at all, they would simply put in their loose change because they happened to be walking by. Win or lose, they would very often not stop to keep playing. And the very last thing a casino wants is for someone to win a jackpot by playing only a few coins and then not stay to put it all back in!

Nowadays, casinos are constantly changing their philosophy about where to place the loose one armed bandits.

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