Slot Machine positioning

Books have been stated on this item, and the bickering and discord about where the "hot" slot machine games are positioned in a casino are still raging – sixty years after the slots were first added to the gaming floor in gambling dens.

The standard rule is that the better one armed bandits were installed just inside the main foyer of the casino; so that persons going by would see actual jackpot winners … be intrigued enough to come inside … play. Our assessment is that this is no longer the case.

Practically all of the mega casinos presently are enormous complexes and it is not possible to see inside from the sidewalk, so there is no longer a reason to situate the ‘loose’ slot games near any of the doors.

An additional traditional rule is that loose slot games are put on the major aisles in the casinos, again so that more potential players could see winning jackpots and be inspired 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!

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

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