Slot Machine Location

Volumes have been written on this matter, and the contention and discord about where the "hot" slot machines are installed in the casino are still raging – sixty years after one armed bandits were 1st installed in casinos.

The quintessential rule is that the best slots were placed just inside the main door of the casino; so that people walking by would see real jackpot winners and be titillated to come into the casino and play. Our assessment is that this is not so anymore.

Practically all of the big name casinos presently are magnificent complexes and it’s no longer possible to see inside from the sidewalk, so there is no longer a reason to have the ‘loose’ slots close to any doorways.

Yet another classic rule is that loose slot machine games are installed on the major aisles in the casinos, again so that more potential players could see winning jackpots and be inspired to play. Interestingly though, we find that this also is no longer a universal rule.

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 slots 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 philosophy about where to place the loose slots.

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