Slot Machine Location

Books have been written on this topic, and the bickering and disagreement about where the "hot" slots are positioned in a casino are still bubbling – 60 years after the slot machines were 1st installed in gambling houses.

The quintessential rule is that the most favorable slot machines were installed just inside the main door of the casino; so that persons going by would see real jackpot winners and be stirred to come into the casino and play. Our thought is that this is not so anymore.

Just about all of the major casinos these days are titanic complexes … you can no longer see inside from the sidewalk, so there is no longer a reason to situate the ‘loose’ slot games close to any entrances or exits.

Another traditional rule is that loose slot games are placed on the major aisles in the casinos, again so that more potential players could see winning jackpots and be influenced to play. Importantly 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 slot machines 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 philosophy about where to place the loose slots.

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