Slot Machine positioning

Volumes have been written on this topic, and the debates and squabbling about where the "hot" slot machines are placed in a casino are still taking place – more than 60 yrs after one armed bandits were 1st installed in gambling dens.

The standard rule is that the most favorable slot games were located just inside the main door of the casino; so that folks walking by would see actual jackpot winners and be possessed to come unto the gambling floor and play. Our conviction is that this is definitely no longer so.

Almost all of the large casinos presently are massive complexes … you can no longer see inside from the sidewalk, so there is no longer a reason to put the ‘loose’ slots in close proximity to any exits.

Another classic rule is that loose slot machines are put on the major aisles in the casinos, again so that more potential players could see winning jackpots and be roused to play. Notably 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 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!

These days, casinos are constantly changing their perspective about where to place the loose one armed bandits.

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