Slot Machine positioning

Volumes have been set forth on this subject, and the bickering and feuds about where the "hot" slot machines are installed in a casino are still ongoing – over sixty years after slot machine games were 1st placed in gambling houses.

The quintessential rule is that the superior slot machines were positioned just inside the main entry of the casino; so that folks going by would be able to see real jackpot winners and be intrigued enough to come into the casino … play. Our position is that this is definitely no longer so.

Many of the large casinos today are huge complexes and now you can’t see inside from the sidewalk, so there is no longer a reason to have the ‘loose’ slot games near to any entrances.

An additional standard rule is that loose slot machines are put on the major aisles in the casinos, again so that more potential players could see winning jackpots and be roused to play. Interestingly 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 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.

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