Slot Machine positioning

November 27th, 2017 by Camille Leave a reply »

Volumes have been said on this subject, and the contention and discord about where the "hot" slot machine games are located in a casino are still bubbling – 60 yrs after slot machine games were first installed in gambling dens.

The quintessential rule is that the best one armed bandits were located just inside the main entrance of the casino; so that persons passing by would be able to see real jackpot winners … be inspired to come unto the gaming floor … play. Our theory is that this is definitely no longer the case.

Nearly all of the big name casinos presently are oversized complexes and you can no longer see inside from the sidewalk, so there’s no longer a reason to have the ‘loose’ one armed bandits near any entrances or exits.

Another classic rule is that loose slots are put on the major aisles in the casinos, again so that more potential gamblers could see winning jackpots and be inspired to play. Notably 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 slots.


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