Volumes have been said on this matter, and the disquiet and discourse about where the "hot" video slots are placed in a casino are still intense – over 60 yrs after one armed bandits were first placed in gambling dens.

The traditional rule is that the superior slots were put just inside the entrance of the casino; so that potential players passing by would be able to see actual jackpot winners and be titillated to come inside … play. Our opinion is that this is definitely no longer the case.

The majority of the mega casinos these days are titanic complexes … it is not possible to see inside from the sidewalk, so there’s no longer a reason to place the ‘loose’ slot machines close-by any doorways.

An additional standard rule is that loose slot games are put on the major aisles inside the casinos, again so that more potential gamblers could see winning jackpots and be motivated to play. Nonetheless, 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 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!

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