Slot Machine positioning

Books have been said on this item, and the bickering and discussion about where the "hot" slot machines are installed in a casino are still taking place – more than sixty years after the slot machines were first placed in casinos.

The quintessential rule is that the better slot machines were located just inside the main doorway of the casino; so that people passing by would see real jackpot winners and be smitten to come unto the gaming floor and play. Our speculation is that this is definitely no longer the case.

Nearly all of the major casinos presently are behemothic complexes … it is not possible to see inside from the sidewalk, so there’s no longer a reason to position the ‘loose’ slots near to any of the doors.

An additional standard rule is that loose one armed bandits are located on the major aisles in the casinos, again so that more potential gamblers could see winning jackpots and be encouraged to play. Importantly though, 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 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!

Today, casinos are constantly changing their perspective about where to place the loose slot games.

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