Slot Machine positioning

Volumes have been written on this matter, and the debates and face-offs about where the "hot" one armed bandits are installed in a casino are still intense – sixty yrs after slot machines were first added to the gaming floor in casinos.

The quintessential rule is that the superior slot machine games were put just inside the entrance of the casino; so that fun seekers going by would be able to see jackpot winners and be aroused to come unto the gambling floor … play. Our persuasion is that this is no longer the case.

Just about all of the big name casinos nowadays are herculean complexes … it’s no longer possible to see inside from the sidewalk, so there’s no longer a reason to put the ‘loose’ slots close-by any doorways.

An additional standard rule is that loose slots are put on the major aisles inside the casinos, again so that more fun seekers could see winning jackpots and be encouraged to play. Interestingly though, 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 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 perspective about where to place the loose slot machines.

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