Archive for March, 2018

Slot Machine positioning

March 6th, 2018 No comments

Books have been said on this subject, and the disquiet and squabbling about where the "hot" one armed bandits are located in a casino are still raging – over 60 yrs after slot machine games were first installed in gambling dens.

The quintessential rule is that the most favorable slots were located just inside the entrance of the casino; so that fun seekers going by would be able to see jackpot winners and be convinced to come into the casino and play. Our position is that this is no longer true.

Most of the major casinos presently are gigantic complexes … you can no longer see inside from the sidewalk, so there’s no longer a reason to situate the ‘loose’ slot machine games close to any entrances.

Yet another standard rule is that loose slots are positioned on the major aisles inside the casinos, again so that more folks could see winning jackpots and be galvanized to play. However, 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 slot machine games 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!

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