Slot Machine positioning

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Volumes have been written on this subject, and the contention and interchanges about where the "hot" slot machine games are positioned in the casino are still intense – over 60 yrs after slot machine games were first placed in the casinos.

The standard rule is that the most favorable slot games were put just inside the main foyer of the casino; so that potential gamblers passing by would see real jackpot winners and be drawn to come inside and play. Our sentiment is that this is definitely no longer true.

Just about all of the major casinos nowadays are super-colossal complexes … you can no longer see inside from the sidewalk, so there’s no longer a reason to have the ‘loose’ slot machines in close proximity to any doors.

Another classic rule is that loose one armed bandits are put on the major aisles in the casinos, again so that more folks could see winning jackpots and be encouraged to play. Importantly 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 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 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!

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

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