17 Jul 21

Volumes have been stated on this topic, and the debates and interchanges about where the "hot" slots are located in a casino are still bubbling – more than 60 years after slots were 1st placed in the casinos.

The standard rule is that the more favourable one armed bandits were located just inside the main foyer of the casino; so that people walking by would see real jackpot winners and be smitten to come unto the gambling floor … play. Our conviction is that this is no longer true.

Many of the major casinos today are magnificent complexes and it is not possible to see inside from the sidewalk, so there is no longer a reason to position the ‘loose’ slot machines in close proximity to any entrances or exits.

An additional traditional rule is that loose slot machines are placed on the major aisles inside the casinos, again so that more potential players could see winning jackpots and be motivated 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 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 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!

Today, casinos are constantly changing their perspective about where to place the loose slot machine games.

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