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Slot Machine positioning

Written by Julissa. No comments Posted in: Slots

Books have been written on this issue, and the contention and ruckus about where the "hot" one armed bandits are positioned in a casino are still on-going – over sixty yrs after slots were 1st installed in casinos.

The standard rule is that the best one armed bandits were located just inside the door of the casino; so that people passing by would be able to see jackpot winners … be baited to come into the casino … play. Our philosophy is that this is definitely no longer so.

The great majority of the big name casinos today are grand complexes and it’s no longer possible to see inside from the sidewalk, so there is no longer a reason to put the ‘loose’ slot machine games near any entrances or exits.

Another traditional rule is that loose slot machines are located on the major aisles inside the casinos, again so that more people could see winning jackpots and be influenced to play. Interestingly 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 slot 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 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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