Slot Machine Location

Volumes have been set forth on this item, and the debates and disagreement about where the "hot" one armed bandits are located in a casino are still bubbling – more than sixty years after slots were first placed in gambling dens.

The quintessential rule is that the better one armed bandits were located just inside the main entryway of the casino; so that everyone passing by would be able to see real jackpot winners and be titillated to come into the casino … play. Our inclination is that this is no longer the case.

Almost all of the large casinos today are grand complexes and it’s no longer possible to see inside from the sidewalk, so there is no longer a reason to situate the ‘loose’ one armed bandits in close proximity to any exits.

Another traditional rule is that loose slot machines are located on the major aisles inside the casinos, again so that more fun seekers could see winning jackpots and be inspired to play. Nonetheless, 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 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 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!

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

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