6 Jul 22

Volumes have been written on this subject, and the debates and face-offs about where the "hot" video slots are installed in a casino are still raging – sixty yrs after slots were first placed in gambling dens.

The quintessential rule is that the superior slot games were located just inside the main door of the casino; so that people going by would see actual jackpot winners … be captivated to come into the casino and play. Our philosophy is that this is definitely no longer so.

Many of the major casinos these days are enormous complexes and now you can’t see inside from the sidewalk, so there’s no longer a reason to position the ‘loose’ slots near to any entrances.

An additional traditional rule is that loose one armed bandits are put on the major aisles inside the casinos, again so that more persons could see winning jackpots and be influenced to play. However, 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 the slot machines 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 one armed bandits.

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