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Slot Machine positioning

Volumes have been written on this topic, and the debates and squabbling about where the "hot" one armed bandits are installed in a casino are still bubbling – 60 years after slots were first installed in casinos.

The traditional rule is that the most favorable slot machines were placed just inside the main doorway of the casino; so that casino fanatics walking by would be able to see jackpot winners … be stirred to come unto the gaming floor and play. Our determination is that this is definitely no longer true.

Practically all of the large casinos these days are massive complexes and you no longer can see inside from the sidewalk, so there’s no longer a reason to have the ‘loose’ slots close-by any exits.

Yet another standard rule is that loose slot games are installed on the major aisles in the casinos, again so that more fun seekers could see winning jackpots and be inspired 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 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 slots.