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Books have been stated on this topic, and the debates and discord about where the "hot" slot machines are placed in a casino are still ongoing – more than sixty yrs after the slot machines were first placed in gambling dens.

The classic rule is that the very best slot machines were located just inside the entrance of the casino; so that everyone walking by would see actual jackpot winners … be convinced to come into the casino and play. Our deduction is that this is no longer the case.

Just about all of the mega casinos today are titanic complexes and it is not possible to see inside from the sidewalk, so there is no longer a reason to have the ‘loose’ slot machine games near any doorways.

An additional classic rule is that loose slots are installed on the major aisles inside the casinos, again so that more potential gamblers could see winning jackpots and be galvanized to play. Importantly 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 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!

Today, casinos are constantly changing their philosophy about where to place the loose slot games.