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Slot Machine Location

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Volumes have been written on this issue, and the contention and arguments about where the "hot" slot machine games are positioned in a casino are still intense – over 60 years after slot machines were first placed in casinos.

The standard rule is that the best slot games were installed just inside the entrance of the casino; so that potential players walking by would see jackpot winners and be enthralled to come unto the gambling floor and play. Our sentiment is that this is no longer true.

The great majority of the big name casinos presently are massive complexes and now you can’t see inside from the sidewalk, so there is no longer a reason to have the ‘loose’ slots close to any doorways.

An additional standard rule is that loose slots are positioned on the major aisles inside the casinos, again so that more potential gamblers could see winning jackpots and be encouraged to play. Notably 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 the slot machines 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 philosophy about where to place the loose slot games.


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