Slot Machine positioning

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Volumes have been said on this issue, and the conflict and ruckus about where the "hot" slot machine games are installed in a casino are still passionate – over sixty years after the slots were first placed in casinos.

The quintessential rule is that the superior slot games were located just inside the door of the casino; so that people walking by would see actual jackpot winners and be stimulated to come unto the gaming floor and play. Our conviction is that this is no longer true.

Many of the major casinos today are massive complexes and you can no longer see inside from the sidewalk, so there’s no longer a reason to have the ‘loose’ slot games in close proximity to any exits.

An additional standard rule is that loose slot machines are placed on the major aisles in the casinos, again so that more folks could see winning jackpots and be energized to play. Notably however, 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 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 very 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 one armed bandits.

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