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Slot Machine Location

Volumes have been written on this issue, and the disquiet and disharmony about where the "hot" slot machines are placed in a casino are still raging – more than sixty yrs after the slot machines were first placed in casinos.

The classic rule is that the more favourable slot machines were put just inside the main doorway of the casino; so that potential gamblers walking by would see real jackpot winners and be inspired to come unto the gaming floor and play. Our theory is that this is no longer the case.

Practically all of the big name casinos presently are huge complexes and now you can’t see inside from the sidewalk, so there is no longer a reason to position the ‘loose’ slot games near to any doors.

Yet another classic rule is that loose slot machine games are positioned on the major aisles inside the casinos, again so that more fun seekers could see winning jackpots and be motivated to play. Notably however, 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 one armed bandits 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 philosophy about where to place the loose slot games.