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Books have been set forth on this matter, and the bickering and disharmony about where the "hot" slot machine games are located in a casino are still passionate – 60 years after one armed bandits were first added to the gaming floor in casinos.

The quintessential rule is that the very best slot machine games were placed just inside the main entry of the casino; so that people walking by would be able to see real jackpot winners … be mesmerized enough to come unto the gambling floor … play. Our observation is that this is not so anymore.

Nearly all of the large casinos nowadays are titanic complexes and it’s no longer possible to see inside from the sidewalk, so there is no longer a reason to position the ‘loose’ slot machines near any of the doors.

An additional traditional rule is that loose slot machine games are installed on the major aisles inside the casinos, again so that more fun seekers could see winning jackpots and be inspired to play. Notably 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 the slots 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 philosophy about where to place the loose slots.


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