Slot Machine Location

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Books have been stated on this topic, and the conflict and arguments about where the "hot" slots are placed in a casino are still happening – more than 60 years after one armed bandits were first installed in casinos.

The standard rule is that the more favourable slots were installed just inside the main entry of the casino; so that folks walking by would see real jackpot winners and be aroused to come inside … play. Our conclusion is that this is not so anymore.

The great majority of the big name casinos these days are massive complexes and you can no longer see inside from the sidewalk, so there’s no longer a reason to put the ‘loose’ slot machine games in close proximity to any doors.

Another standard rule is that loose slot machine games are installed on the major aisles in the casinos, again so that more potential gamblers could see winning jackpots and be galvanized 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 slot machine games 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 perspective about where to place the loose one armed bandits.

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