Slot Machine positioning

Books have been written on this issue, and the contention and arguments about where the "hot" video slots are located in a casino are still intense – over 60 years after the slot machines were first placed in the casinos.

The classic rule is that the more favourable slot machines were put just inside the main entryway of the casino; so that everyone walking by would be able to see real jackpot winners … be titillated to come unto the gambling floor and play. Our inference is that this is no longer the case.

The majority of the large casinos these days are monstrous complexes … you can no longer see inside from the sidewalk, so there’s no longer a reason to situate the ‘loose’ slot machines near to any exits.

An additional standard rule is that loose slots are placed on the major aisles in the casinos, again so that more persons could see winning jackpots and be inspired to play. Importantly though, 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 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 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!

In recent times, casinos are constantly changing their perspective about where to place the loose slot machines.

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