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Books have been said on this topic, and the contention and arguments about where the "hot" slot machine games are installed in the casino are still bubbling – sixty years after slot machine games were first added to the gaming floor in gambling dens.

The quintessential rule is that the superior one armed bandits were located just inside the main foyer of the casino; so that fun seekers going by would be able to see jackpot winners … be titillated to come unto the gambling floor and play. Our view is that this is not so anymore.

The great majority of the major casinos nowadays are enormous complexes and you can no longer see inside from the sidewalk, so there is no longer a reason to situate the ‘loose’ slot games close-by any entrances or exits.

An additional classic rule is that loose one armed bandits are positioned on the major aisles inside the casinos, again so that more fun seekers could see winning jackpots and be energized to play. Interestingly though, 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 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!

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

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