Slot Machine Location

Books have been written on this item, and the conflict and discord about where the "hot" slot machines are placed in a casino are still happening – over 60 years after slot games were 1st added to the gaming floor in gambling houses.

The quintessential rule is that the better slot machine games were positioned just inside the main entrance of the casino; so that people passing by would see real jackpot winners … be influenced to come inside and play. Our deduction is that this is definitely no longer the case.

The majority of the big name casinos nowadays are enormous complexes and it’s no longer possible to see inside from the sidewalk, so there is no longer a reason to position the ‘loose’ one armed bandits near any exits.

An additional classic rule is that loose slot games are put on the major aisles inside the casinos, again so that more persons could see winning jackpots and be motivated to play. Importantly 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!

Today, casinos are constantly changing their philosophy about where to place the loose one armed bandits.

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