Volumes have been said on this issue, and the bickering and discourse about where the "hot" video slots are positioned in a casino are still happening – more than sixty years after slots were first added to the gaming floor in gambling houses.
The traditional rule is that the best one armed bandits were located just inside the main door of the casino; so that people passing by would be able to see jackpot winners and be challenged to come into the casino and play. Our point of view is that this is no longer the case.
Just about all of the mega casinos these days are massive complexes … you no longer can see inside from the sidewalk, so there’s no longer a reason to situate the ‘loose’ slot machines close-by any entrances or exits.
Another standard rule is that loose slot machine games are put on the major aisles in the casinos, again so that more persons could see winning jackpots and be motivated to play. Interestingly 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 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.