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Books have been set forth on this item, and the debates and disagreement about where the "hot" one armed bandits are positioned in a casino are still ongoing – over 60 years after slot machines were first installed in gambling dens.

The quintessential rule is that the more favourable slot machines were located just inside the main entry of the casino; so that fun seekers passing by would see actual jackpot winners and be possessed to come into the casino … play. Our speculation is that this is no longer the case.

Most of the major casinos nowadays are grand complexes … you can no longer see inside from the sidewalk, so there’s no longer a reason to put the ‘loose’ slots near any doors.

Yet another standard rule is that loose slot machine games are put on the major aisles inside the casinos, again so that more people 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 slot machines 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 slot games.