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Volumes have been stated on this matter, and the controversy and ruckus about where the "hot" slots are installed in a casino are still raging – 60 yrs after one armed bandits were first placed in gambling houses.

The classic rule is that the more favourable slots were put just inside the main door of the casino; so that individuals going by would be able to see jackpot winners and be convinced to come unto the gambling floor … play. Our sneaking suspicion is that this is no longer true.

The great majority of the big name casinos these days are humongous complexes … you can no longer see inside from the sidewalk, so there is no longer a reason to have the ‘loose’ one armed bandits near to any exits.

An additional classic rule is that loose slots are put on the major aisles in the casinos, again so that more fun seekers could see winning jackpots and be encouraged 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!

In recent times, casinos are constantly changing their perspective about where to place the loose slots.