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Slot Machine positioning

Books have been stated on this subject, and the controversy and disagreement about where the "hot" slot machine games are placed in the casino are still passionate – 60 yrs after one armed bandits were first placed in gambling dens.

The classic rule is that the most favorable slot games were positioned just inside the door of the casino; so that potential gamblers going by would see actual jackpot winners and be stirred to come into the casino … play. Our point of view is that this is definitely no longer so.

Just about all of the large casinos today are enormous complexes and you can no longer see inside from the sidewalk, so there is no longer a reason to position the ‘loose’ one armed bandits close-by any doors.

Yet another traditional rule is that loose slot machines are located on the major aisles inside the casinos, again so that more folks could see winning jackpots and be roused to play. Interestingly 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 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.