Slot Machine positioning

Books have been written on this matter, and the bickering and disharmony about where the "hot" slot machines are installed in a casino are still rampant – more than 60 yrs after the slot machines were first placed in gambling houses.

The quintessential rule is that the better slot games were located just inside the door of the casino; so that persons walking by would see jackpot winners … be impressed enough to come unto the gambling floor and play. Our estimation is that this is definitely no longer so.

Just about all of the mega casinos presently are enormous complexes and you no longer can see inside from the sidewalk, so there is no longer a reason to put the ‘loose’ slots close to any exits.

Another standard rule is that loose one armed bandits are installed on the major aisles inside the casinos, again so that more people could see winning jackpots and be roused 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 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 machine games.

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