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Books have been set forth on this issue, and the debates and interchanges about where the "hot" one armed bandits are installed in a casino are still ongoing – more than sixty years after slot machines were 1st installed in the casinos.

The quintessential rule is that the better slots were put just inside the main door of the casino; so that people walking by would be able to see jackpot winners and be attracted to come into the casino and play. Our determination is that this is definitely no longer true.

The great majority of the large casinos these days are mammoth complexes and you no longer can see inside from the sidewalk, so there’s no longer a reason to place the ‘loose’ one armed bandits close-by any exits.

Another standard rule is that loose one armed bandits are put on the major aisles inside the casinos, again so that more persons 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!

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