Slot Machine Location

Volumes have been written on this item, and the conflict and face-offs about where the "hot" slots are placed in the casino are still taking place – sixty years after slot machines were first placed in casinos.

The classic rule is that the better one armed bandits were positioned just inside the main doorway of the casino; so that everyone going by would be able to see real jackpot winners … be smitten to come unto the gaming floor and play. Our viewpoint is that this is no longer the case.

Most of the major casinos today are giant complexes … it’s no longer possible to see inside from the sidewalk, so there is no longer a reason to situate the ‘loose’ slot machines near to any entrances.

Another standard rule is that loose one armed bandits are put on the major aisles in the casinos, again so that more persons could see winning jackpots and be roused to play. Notably though, we find that this also isn’t 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 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!

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

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