Slot Machine positioning

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Books have been written on this topic, and the bickering and face-offs about where the "hot" video slots are placed in the casino are still taking place – 60 years after the slots were first added to the gaming floor in the casinos.

The standard rule is that the very best slot machine games were positioned just inside the main foyer of the casino; so that fun seekers walking by would see jackpot winners … be stimulated to come into the casino and play. Our slant is that this is not so anymore.

Practically all of the mega casinos these days are mammoth complexes … you can no longer see inside from the sidewalk, so there’s no longer a reason to put 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 inside the casinos, again so that more people could see winning jackpots and be roused to play. Interestingly 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 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 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 slot games.

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