Slot Machine positioning

Books have been set forth on this matter, and the controversy and discord about where the "hot" one armed bandits are placed in the casino are still intense – 60 yrs after the slot machines were first added to the gaming floor in the casinos.

The traditional rule is that the superior slot machines were placed just inside the entrance of the casino; so that fun seekers walking by would be able to see jackpot winners and be drawn to come into the casino and play. Our assurance is that this is definitely no longer so.

Almost all of the large casinos presently are gigantic complexes and you can no longer see inside from the sidewalk, so there’s no longer a reason to place the ‘loose’ slot machines near to any entrances or exits.

An additional traditional rule is that loose slot machines are located on the major aisles inside the casinos, again so that more fun seekers could see winning jackpots and be influenced to play. Importantly 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 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!

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