Slot Machine positioning

Volumes have been said on this issue, and the controversy and discussion about where the "hot" video slots are positioned in the casino are still rampant – more than sixty yrs after one armed bandits were first installed in gambling houses.

The traditional rule is that the best slot machines were placed just inside the entry of the casino; so that persons passing by would see actual jackpot winners … be impressed enough to come unto the gambling floor and play. Our slant is that this is definitely no longer so.

The great majority of the big name casinos these days are magnificent complexes … it is not possible to see inside from the sidewalk, so there’s no longer a reason to position the ‘loose’ slot games near any entrances or exits.

An additional classic rule is that loose slot machines are installed on the major aisles in the casinos, again so that more potential gamblers could see winning jackpots and be influenced to play. Notably however, we find that this also is no longer a universal rule.

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!

Nowadays, casinos are constantly changing their philosophy about where to place the loose slot machines.

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