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Books have been written on this issue, and the conflict and feuds about where the "hot" slot machine games are placed in a casino are still there – sixty years after one armed bandits were 1st installed in gambling dens.

The quintessential rule is that the more favourable slot games were installed just inside the entrance of the casino; so that potential players going by would be able to see actual jackpot winners … be drawn to come unto the gaming floor … play. Our speculation is that this is no longer the case.

Most of the mega casinos nowadays are herculean complexes and you no longer can see inside from the sidewalk, so there is no longer a reason to put the ‘loose’ slots close to any doors.

Another classic rule is that loose one armed bandits are positioned on the major aisles inside the casinos, again so that more people could see winning jackpots and be galvanized to play. Notably 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!

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

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