Slot Machine positioning

Volumes have been written on this topic, and the disquiet and disharmony about where the "hot" slot machine games are installed in the casino are still intense – sixty years after slot games were first added to the gaming floor in the casinos.

The traditional rule is that the most favorable slot games were located just inside the entry of the casino; so that people passing by would be able to see real jackpot winners … be infatuated enough to come inside … play. Our attitude is that this is no longer true.

Almost all of the big name casinos nowadays are monstrous complexes and it’s no longer possible to see inside from the sidewalk, so there is no longer a reason to situate the ‘loose’ slot machine games near any exits.

Yet another standard rule is that loose slot games are located on the major aisles in the casinos, again so that more people could see winning jackpots and be roused to play. Importantly 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 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!

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

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