9 Aug 23

Books have been stated on this topic, and the bickering and disharmony about where the "hot" slot machine games are placed in the casino are still bubbling – sixty yrs after slot games were first added to the gaming floor in casinos.

The traditional rule is that the most favorable one armed bandits were put just inside the main entrance of the casino; so that casino fanatics walking by would be able to see real jackpot winners and be stirred to come inside … play. Our feeling is that this is definitely no longer so.

Almost all of the major casinos presently are enormous complexes … it’s no longer possible to see inside from the sidewalk, so there’s no longer a reason to position the ‘loose’ one armed bandits close to any entrances or exits.

Yet another traditional rule is that loose slot machines are installed on the major aisles inside the casinos, again so that more folks could see winning jackpots and be roused to play. Nonetheless, 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 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 machines.

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