1 Sep 15

Volumes have been said on this issue, and the bickering and face-offs about where the "hot" one armed bandits are installed in a casino are still happening – more than 60 yrs after slot games were 1st placed in the casinos.

The standard rule is that the most favorable slot machine games were put just inside the main entry of the casino; so that casino fanatics passing by would see actual jackpot winners and be challenged to come into the casino and play. Our frame of mind is that this is definitely no longer true.

Practically all of the large casinos these days are grand complexes … now you can’t see inside from the sidewalk, so there is no longer a reason to place the ‘loose’ one armed bandits close to any doors.

Yet another traditional rule is that loose slots are positioned on the major aisles in the casinos, again so that more persons could see winning jackpots and be energized to play. Interestingly though, 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 the 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 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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