Slot Machine Location

Books have been set forth on this matter, and the debates and squabbling about where the "hot" slot machines are installed in the casino are still bubbling – sixty years after the slots were first placed in gambling dens.

The standard rule is that the most favorable one armed bandits were located just inside the main entry of the casino; so that folks passing by would see jackpot winners … be stimulated to come into the casino … play. Our determination is that this is definitely no longer true.

Almost all of the major casinos presently are massive complexes … you can no longer see inside from the sidewalk, so there is no longer a reason to have the ‘loose’ one armed bandits close-by any entrances.

Yet another standard rule is that loose slot machines are placed on the major aisles inside the casinos, again so that more fun seekers could see winning jackpots and be energized to play. Interestingly though, we find that this also is not a universal rule any more.

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 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 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!

These days, casinos are constantly changing their philosophy about where to place the loose slot machine games.

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