Slot Machine Location

Books have been set forth on this item, and the disquiet and arguments about where the "hot" slot games are located in a casino are still passionate – more than 60 yrs after slot machines were first installed in casinos.

The quintessential rule is that the best one armed bandits were installed just inside the main entryway of the casino; so that folks going by would see actual jackpot winners and be challenged to come unto the gambling floor … play. Our speculation is that this is no longer the case.

The great majority of the mega casinos these days are oversized complexes and it’s no longer possible to see inside from the sidewalk, so there’s no longer a reason to position the ‘loose’ slots close to any doorways.

An additional standard rule is that loose slots are installed on the major aisles inside the casinos, again so that more potential gamblers could see winning jackpots and be galvanized to play. Nonetheless, 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 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!

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