Slot Machine Location

Volumes have been written on this matter, and the conflict and face-offs about where the "hot" slot machines are placed in a casino are still taking place – over sixty years after one armed bandits were first added to the gaming floor in casinos.

The standard rule is that the superior slot games were placed just inside the main entrance of the casino; so that persons passing by would be able to see actual jackpot winners … be drawn to come unto the gaming floor … play. Our conclusion is that this is no longer the case.

Most of the big name casinos nowadays are herculean complexes … now you can’t see inside from the sidewalk, so there is no longer a reason to put the ‘loose’ slot machine games near to any exits.

Another traditional rule is that loose slot machine games are positioned on the major aisles inside the casinos, again so that more folks could see winning jackpots and be motivated to play. However, 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 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 philosophy about where to place the loose slot games.

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