Slot Machine positioning

by Gabrielle on June 7th, 2023

Books have been written on this subject, and the conflict and face-offs about where the "hot" slot machines are placed in the casino are still there – over 60 years after the slots were 1st installed in the casinos.

The standard rule is that the superior slot machine games were installed just inside the main door of the casino; so that persons going by would see real jackpot winners … be mesmerized enough to come inside and play. Our observation is that this is definitely no longer true.

Just about all of the large casinos nowadays are enormous complexes … it’s no longer possible to see inside from the sidewalk, so there’s no longer a reason to have the ‘loose’ one armed bandits near any exits.

Yet another classic rule is that loose slot games are located on the major aisles inside the casinos, again so that more potential gamblers could see winning jackpots and be inspired to play. Importantly 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 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!

In recent times, casinos are constantly changing their perspective about where to place the loose slot machines.

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