31 Jul 23

Books have been written on this item, and the bickering and feuds about where the "hot" one armed bandits are positioned in a casino are still intense – over 60 yrs after slots were 1st installed in casinos.

The quintessential rule is that the better slot games were installed just inside the main doorway of the casino; so that fun seekers going by would see jackpot winners and be stimulated to come into the casino … play. Our slant is that this is definitely no longer true.

Nearly all of the big name casinos these days are mammoth complexes and it’s no longer possible to see inside from the sidewalk, so there is no longer a reason to have the ‘loose’ slots in close proximity to any entrances.

An additional classic rule is that loose one armed bandits are located on the major aisles in the casinos, again so that more potential players could see winning jackpots and be energized 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 slots 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!

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

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