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Slot Machine positioning

Books have been said on this topic, and the bickering and discussion about where the "hot" video slots are located in the casino are still raging – more than sixty years after slot games were 1st placed in gambling dens.

The quintessential rule is that the superior slot machine games were put just inside the main entry of the casino; so that persons passing by would be able to see real jackpot winners … be keen enough to come into the casino and play. Our leaning is that this is definitely no longer true.

Almost all of the large casinos these days are humongous complexes … you can no longer see inside from the sidewalk, so there’s no longer a reason to place the ‘loose’ slot machines in close proximity to any doorways.

Another classic rule is that loose one armed bandits are positioned on the major aisles in the casinos, again so that more potential players could see winning jackpots and be encouraged to play. Interestingly though, 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 slot games 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!

Nowadays, casinos are constantly changing their perspective about where to place the loose one armed bandits.