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Slot Machine positioning

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Volumes have been said on this issue, and the contention and disharmony about where the "hot" slot machine games are installed in a casino are still happening – over 60 years after slot games were first added to the gaming floor in casinos.

The quintessential rule is that the superior slot games were put just inside the main foyer of the casino; so that fun seekers passing by would be able to see jackpot winners … be stimulated to come unto the gambling floor and play. Our viewpoint is that this is not so anymore.

Just about all of the major casinos these days are massive complexes and you no longer can see inside from the sidewalk, so there’s no longer a reason to situate the ‘loose’ one armed bandits near any doors.

Yet another standard rule is that loose one armed bandits are installed on the major aisles inside the casinos, again so that more people could see winning jackpots and be motivated to play. Importantly 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 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 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 slot machines.


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