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Slot Machine positioning

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Volumes have been stated on this topic, and the contention and squabbling about where the "hot" one armed bandits are installed in the casino are still happening – over sixty years after the slot machines were 1st placed in gambling dens.

The quintessential rule is that the very best one armed bandits were installed just inside the main door of the casino; so that individuals walking by would be able to see actual jackpot winners and be smitten to come unto the gambling floor and play. Our resolution is that this is no longer the case.

Most of the major casinos nowadays are oversized complexes and it is not possible to see inside from the sidewalk, so there is no longer a reason to position the ‘loose’ slots in close proximity to any exits.

Another traditional rule is that loose slot machine games are installed on the major aisles inside 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 not 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!

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


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