Slot Machine positioning

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Volumes have been written on this item, and the conflict and discussion about where the "hot" one armed bandits are positioned in the casino are still rampant – sixty years after slot machines were first placed in casinos.

The standard rule is that the more favourable one armed bandits were positioned just inside the entry of the casino; so that potential gamblers walking by would be able to see jackpot winners and be baited to come inside … play. Our resolution is that this is no longer the case.

The great majority of the big name casinos nowadays are humongous complexes and now you can’t see inside from the sidewalk, so there’s no longer a reason to put the ‘loose’ slot games close-by any doorways.

Another standard rule is that loose slots are installed on the major aisles in the casinos, again so that more people could see winning jackpots and be galvanized to play. Importantly though, 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 slot machine games.

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