Slot Machine Location

by Gabrielle on March 15th, 2020

Volumes have been said on this issue, and the bickering and face-offs about where the "hot" slot machines are positioned in a casino are still ongoing – 60 years after slot games were first placed in casinos.

The standard rule is that the most favorable slot machine games were located just inside the main door of the casino; so that everyone walking by would be able to see jackpot winners … be enthralled to come unto the gaming floor and play. Our assessment is that this is definitely no longer the case.

Many of the large casinos these days are titanic complexes and now you can’t see inside from the sidewalk, so there’s no longer a reason to place the ‘loose’ one armed bandits close-by any entrances.

An additional classic rule is that loose slot machines are located on the major aisles inside the casinos, again so that more fun seekers could see winning jackpots and be energized to play. Notably though, 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 slot machine games 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!

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

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