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Slot Machine Location

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Books have been written on this issue, and the contention and discourse about where the "hot" slot machines are installed in the casino are still intense – sixty years after one armed bandits were first installed in casinos.

The standard rule is that the most favorable one armed bandits were put just inside the main door of the casino; so that people walking by would be able to see actual jackpot winners … be inspired to come into the casino … play. Our sneaking suspicion is that this is definitely no longer so.

Just about all of the major casinos today are jumbo complexes … it’s no longer possible to see inside from the sidewalk, so there’s no longer a reason to situate the ‘loose’ one armed bandits close to any entrances or exits.

Yet another traditional rule is that loose slot machine games are positioned on the major aisles inside the casinos, again so that more persons could see winning jackpots and be galvanized to play. However, 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 machine 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!

Today, casinos are constantly changing their perspective about where to place the loose slot games.