Slot Machine positioning

Books have been set forth on this topic, and the disquiet and squabbling about where the "hot" slots are placed in the casino are still on-going – more than 60 years after slot games were first placed in the casinos.

The quintessential rule is that the better slot machines were put just inside the main entry of the casino; so that potential players going by would be able to see real jackpot winners … be enticed to come unto the gaming floor and play. Our disposition is that this is definitely no longer true.

Most of the major casinos today are enormous complexes and you can no longer see inside from the sidewalk, so there is no longer a reason to place the ‘loose’ slot machine games in close proximity to any entrances.

Yet another classic rule is that loose slot machines are positioned on the major aisles in the casinos, again so that more fun seekers could see winning jackpots and be inspired to play. Nonetheless, we find that this also is no longer a universal rule.

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 machine 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!

These days, casinos are constantly changing their philosophy about where to place the loose slot games.

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