Slot Machine Location

Books have been written on this topic, and the disquiet and discussion about where the "hot" slot games are located in a casino are still passionate – over 60 years after slots were first placed in the casinos.

The standard rule is that the very best slot machines were placed just inside the door of the casino; so that people walking by would see actual jackpot winners and be titillated to come unto the gambling floor and play. Our perspective is that this is not so anymore.

Just about all of the major casinos today are colossal complexes and it is not possible to see inside from the sidewalk, so there’s no longer a reason to put the ‘loose’ slot machines close to any of the doors.

An additional classic rule is that loose slot machines are placed on the major aisles inside the casinos, again so that more potential players could see winning jackpots and be inspired to play. Notably however, we find that this also is not 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 slot 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 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 games.

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