Slot Machine Location

by Lucy on November 5th, 2017

Books have been said on this item, and the bickering and ruckus about where the "hot" one armed bandits are located in the casino are still rampant – 60 yrs after slot games were 1st placed in gambling dens.

The classic rule is that the superior slot machine games were installed just inside the main door of the casino; so that potential players going by would see real jackpot winners and be drawn to come into the casino and play. Our perspective is that this is no longer true.

Most of the major casinos nowadays are giant complexes and now you can’t see inside from the sidewalk, so there is no longer a reason to put the ‘loose’ one armed bandits close-by any doorways.

Another standard rule is that loose slot machines are placed on the major aisles inside the casinos, again so that more folks 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 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 slots.

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