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Volumes have been set forth on this issue, and the disquiet and squabbling about where the "hot" one armed bandits are located in the casino are still bubbling – more than 60 years after slot machines were first placed in the casinos.

The standard rule is that the very best slot machines were installed just inside the entrance of the casino; so that everyone walking by would be able to see real jackpot winners … be influenced to come unto the gaming floor … play. Our feeling is that this is definitely no longer so.

Many of the big name casinos today are humongous complexes … you can no longer see inside from the sidewalk, so there’s no longer a reason to put the ‘loose’ slot machine games close-by any of the doors.

Yet another classic rule is that loose slot machines are installed on the major aisles in the casinos, again so that more people could see winning jackpots and be galvanized to play. Notably though, 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 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!

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