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Slot Machine positioning

Volumes have been stated on this item, and the bickering and squabbling about where the "hot" one armed bandits are positioned in a casino are still on-going – over sixty yrs after slot machines were 1st added to the gaming floor in casinos.

The traditional rule is that the most favorable one armed bandits were positioned just inside the main entrance of the casino; so that potential gamblers going by would be able to see real jackpot winners and be keen enough to come into the casino … play. Our attitude is that this is definitely no longer the case.

Nearly all of the large casinos presently are immense complexes … it’s no longer possible to see inside from the sidewalk, so there’s no longer a reason to put the ‘loose’ one armed bandits close to any exits.

An additional classic rule is that loose slot machine games are put on the major aisles in the casinos, again so that more potential players 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 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!

In recent times, casinos are constantly changing their perspective about where to place the loose one armed bandits.