18 Nov 09

Books have been set forth on this matter, and the bickering and feuds about where the "hot" video slots are positioned in the casino are still bubbling – over sixty yrs after one armed bandits were first placed in gambling dens.

The quintessential rule is that the very best slot machines were positioned just inside the main entryway of the casino; so that folks passing by would be able to see real jackpot winners … be aroused to come into the casino and play. Our disposition is that this is definitely no longer so.

Many of the big name casinos today are oversized complexes and it’s no longer 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 standard rule is that loose one armed bandits are positioned on the major aisles in the casinos, again so that more potential players could see winning jackpots and be encouraged to play. Importantly though, 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 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!

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


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