Slot Machine Location

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Volumes have been written on this issue, and the bickering and squabbling about where the "hot" slot games are positioned in a casino are still bubbling – over 60 years after the slot machines were first placed in gambling dens.

The traditional rule is that the most favorable slot machines were positioned just inside the main entryway of the casino; so that individuals passing by would see real jackpot winners and be influenced to come unto the gaming floor and play. Our conviction is that this is no longer true.

The great majority of the major casinos presently are giant complexes … it is not possible to see inside from the sidewalk, so there’s no longer a reason to situate the ‘loose’ slot machine games close to any doorways.

An additional classic rule is that loose slot games are placed on the major aisles inside the casinos, again so that more potential players could see winning jackpots and be encouraged 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 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 slots.

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