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Books have been written on this matter, and the controversy and feuds about where the "hot" slot machine games are installed in the casino are still ongoing – sixty years after slot machines were 1st added to the gaming floor in gambling dens.

The quintessential rule is that the more favourable one armed bandits were located just inside the main entry of the casino; so that casino fanatics passing by would see jackpot winners … be smitten to come unto the gambling floor and play. Our finding is that this is no longer true.

Just about all of the major casinos these days are grand complexes … you can no longer see inside from the sidewalk, so there is no longer a reason to position the ‘loose’ slot machines close to any doors.

An additional classic rule is that loose one armed bandits are positioned on the major aisles in the casinos, again so that more potential gamblers could see winning jackpots and be motivated to play. Importantly though, 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!

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