Slot Machine positioning

by Gabrielle on March 20th, 2018

[ English ]

Books have been said on this topic, and the controversy and disagreement about where the "hot" slot machines are positioned in a casino are still bubbling – more than sixty years after slot machine games were 1st installed in gambling dens.

The quintessential rule is that the better one armed bandits were installed just inside the main doorway of the casino; so that folks walking by would see actual jackpot winners … be tempted to come unto the gambling floor … play. Our verdict is that this is no longer the case.

Many of the major casinos these days are super-colossal complexes and it’s no longer possible to see inside from the sidewalk, so there is no longer a reason to put the ‘loose’ one armed bandits near any doorways.

An additional classic rule is that loose slots are put on the major aisles inside the casinos, again so that more folks could see winning jackpots and be galvanized to play. However, we find that this also is no longer a universal rule.

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 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!

Today, casinos are constantly changing their philosophy about where to place the loose slots.

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