Slot Machine Location

Volumes have been set forth on this topic, and the bickering and ruckus about where the "hot" slot machine games are positioned in the casino are still on-going – more than sixty years after the slots were first installed in gambling houses.

The quintessential rule is that the superior slots were put just inside the entry of the casino; so that fun seekers walking by would be able to see real jackpot winners … be challenged to come unto the gaming floor … play. Our conviction is that this is definitely no longer the case.

Many of the mega casinos these days are massive complexes and it’s no longer possible to see inside from the sidewalk, so there is no longer a reason to situate the ‘loose’ slot machines close to any doorways.

An additional traditional rule is that loose slots are positioned on the major aisles inside the casinos, again so that more folks could see winning jackpots and be inspired to play. Importantly 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 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!

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

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