Slot Machine positioning

by Lucy on July 25th, 2023

Volumes have been written on this subject, and the controversy and discord about where the "hot" slot machines are located in a casino are still on-going – sixty yrs after one armed bandits were first placed in gambling dens.

The traditional rule is that the best slot machines were put just inside the entry of the casino; so that casino fanatics going by would see actual jackpot winners … be keen enough to come unto the gambling floor and play. Our opinion is that this is definitely no longer true.

Most of the large casinos presently are giant complexes and it is not possible to see inside from the sidewalk, so there’s no longer a reason to place the ‘loose’ slot machine games in close proximity to any doorways.

An additional traditional rule is that loose slots are installed on the major aisles inside the casinos, again so that more people could see winning jackpots and be encouraged to play. However, we find that this also isn’t 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!

These days, casinos are constantly changing their philosophy about where to place the loose slot games.

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