Slot Machine positioning

February 3rd, 2019 by Maci Leave a reply »

Volumes have been written on this issue, and the conflict and disharmony about where the "hot" slot machines are positioned in a casino are still ongoing – 60 years after slot machines were first installed in the casinos.

The standard rule is that the most favorable slots were located just inside the main entryway of the casino; so that individuals passing by would see jackpot winners and be convinced to come unto the gaming floor and play. Our viewpoint is that this is no longer true.

Many of the large casinos these days are giant complexes … it is not possible to see inside from the sidewalk, so there is no longer a reason to have the ‘loose’ slots near any doorways.

An additional standard rule is that loose one armed bandits are installed on the major aisles inside the casinos, again so that more potential gamblers could see winning jackpots and be influenced to play. Importantly 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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