2018
01.08

Slot Machine Location

Books have been said on this matter, and the bickering and discourse about where the "hot" one armed bandits are located in a casino are still on-going – over sixty yrs after the slot machines were first placed in gambling houses.

The classic rule is that the more favourable slot games were placed just inside the door of the casino; so that folks walking by would be able to see real jackpot winners and be mesmerized enough to come unto the gambling floor and play. Our estimation is that this is definitely no longer so.

Almost all of the mega casinos today are monstrous complexes and it’s no longer possible to see inside from the sidewalk, so there is no longer a reason to position the ‘loose’ slot games in close proximity to any entrances or exits.

Another traditional rule is that loose slot machines are placed on the major aisles in the casinos, again so that more people could see winning jackpots and be encouraged to play. Notably though, we find that this also isn’t 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 one armed bandits 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 machines.

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