Slot Machine positioning

Volumes have been set forth on this subject, and the contention and face-offs about where the "hot" slot machine games are installed in a casino are still there – over 60 yrs after slot machine games were 1st installed in gambling dens.

The classic rule is that the best slot machines were located just inside the main door of the casino; so that casino fanatics going by would be able to see jackpot winners … be challenged to come inside and play. Our attitude is that this is definitely no longer so.

Almost all of the large casinos these days are huge complexes … you can no longer see inside from the sidewalk, so there’s no longer a reason to have the ‘loose’ one armed bandits near to any doors.

Yet another classic rule is that loose one armed bandits are placed on the major aisles inside the casinos, again so that more potential players could see winning jackpots and be motivated to play. Notably however, 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 slot machines 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 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 one armed bandits.

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