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Not all machines are created equal. While some machines keep a big percentage of coins others don't. The slot machines that keep a lesser number of coins on average are called loose. Casinos use these to stimulate play in the casino. When a machine is paying like crazy, other slot players want to get in on the action. The loose slot machine is occupied, so excited players choose nearby machines that are invariably tighter. Other eager players already at machines often play faster. There is more spending, but also more winning, more bells ringing. The whole experience feeds on itself. That's great for the casino, but bad news for the poor slot players who choose tight machines.

That's why it's so important to learn how to spot loose slots. Evaluating the entire layout of the particular casino where you're playing is the key to finding loose slot machines. Each casino has its own individual layout and various different placing methods may be used. The trick is not to think according to what previous sources have said about the placement of loose slot machines, but rather to think like a casino executive. If you were in charge of the casino, where would you place them to attract the most attention? Here's a small list of things to consider:

  1. Table players like a quiet area to concentrate and sounds going off on a slot machines would only be distracting to them and also slow down the games, which is bad for the casino.


  2. Although table players might play a few coins here and there when passing by the slots area, they won't spend much; they prefer table games.


  3. It's easier to influence slot players just before, during, or just after a session than when they're focused on another activity such as checking in or waiting in line for a show.


  4. Tight slots are most profitable when players are so eager or so casual that they won't be disappointed when the wins are less frequent.


  5. There is no switch or button that can instantly make a slot tighter or looser. Each machine is set to pay back at one particular level. Any change would require the machine to be removed and reprogrammed.
So, keeping the above points in mind, let take a walk through a casino. Any machines at the end of a row next to a table should be tight. That's most likely true for the second and third machine into that row. The fourth and fifth machine may be looser, but look around. Is the aisle frequently used by people who don't play slots? If it is, then most of these machines will be tight or in the mid-range. The really loose slots will be away from the tables and the table players.

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