Slot Machine positioning

Volumes have been written on this subject, and the contention and ruckus about where the "hot" one armed bandits are placed in a casino are still taking place – over sixty years after one armed bandits were 1st added to the gaming floor in gambling dens.

The classic rule is that the more favourable slot machines were placed just inside the entrance of the casino; so that people passing by would be able to see real jackpot winners … be challenged to come unto the gambling floor and play. Our sneaking suspicion is that this is definitely no longer true.

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

An additional traditional rule is that loose slot machines are placed on the major aisles inside the casinos, again so that more potential gamblers could see winning jackpots and be influenced to play. Importantly 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 perspective about where to place the loose slots.

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