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Slot Machine positioning

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Volumes have been written on this topic, and the bickering and arguments about where the "hot" video slots are placed in the casino are still bubbling – sixty yrs after the slots were first placed in the casinos.

The standard rule is that the more favourable slots were put just inside the entrance of the casino; so that casino fanatics going by would see real jackpot winners … be possessed to come unto the gambling floor … play. Our frame of mind is that this is no longer the case.

Practically all of the large casinos these days are oversized complexes … it’s no longer possible to see inside from the sidewalk, so there’s no longer a reason to position the ‘loose’ slot machine games close to any exits.

Another classic rule is that loose one armed bandits are placed on the major aisles inside the casinos, again so that more potential gamblers could see winning jackpots and be energized to play. However, 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 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!

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

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