Slot Machine Location

Books have been written on this issue, and the conflict and arguments about where the "hot" slot games are placed in a casino are still taking place – more than 60 years after slot games were first placed in casinos.

The classic rule is that the superior slot machines were placed just inside the entry of the casino; so that potential players passing by would see jackpot winners … be drawn to come unto the gaming floor … play. Our inclination is that this is definitely no longer the case.

The great majority of the mega casinos these days are super-colossal complexes and it is not possible to see inside from the sidewalk, so there’s no longer a reason to situate the ‘loose’ one armed bandits close-by any entrances.

An additional standard rule is that loose slots are positioned on the major aisles inside the casinos, again so that more folks could see winning jackpots and be encouraged 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 slot machine 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 perspective about where to place the loose slots.

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