Slot Machine positioning

Volumes have been set forth on this subject, and the debates and interchanges about where the "hot" slot machine games are installed in a casino are still rampant – over 60 yrs after slot games were first installed in the casinos.

The quintessential rule is that the superior slot games were placed just inside the main doorway of the casino; so that people passing by would be able to see jackpot winners … be enthralled to come inside … play. Our sentiment is that this is definitely no longer true.

The great majority of the major casinos these days are massive complexes and now you can’t see inside from the sidewalk, so there’s no longer a reason to place the ‘loose’ slot games close to any of the doors.

Another classic rule is that loose slot machine games are placed on the major aisles inside the casinos, again so that more potential players could see winning jackpots and be encouraged 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 one armed bandits 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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