Slot Machine positioning

Volumes have been written on this issue, and the contention and interchanges about where the "hot" slot machine games are placed in a casino are still rampant – sixty years after one armed bandits were first placed in casinos.

The standard rule is that the more favourable slot machine games were installed just inside the door of the casino; so that persons going by would see actual jackpot winners … be enthralled to come unto the gaming floor … play. Our reckoning is that this is no longer true.

Just about all of the mega casinos nowadays are gigantic complexes and now you can’t see inside from the sidewalk, so there’s no longer a reason to situate the ‘loose’ slots near any of the doors.

Another standard rule is that loose slot machine games are located on the major aisles in the casinos, again so that more folks could see winning jackpots and be motivated to play. 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 the slots 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!

Today, casinos are constantly changing their perspective about where to place the loose slot machine games.

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