Can Casinos Ask Button Slappers to Stop?

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There are definitely those among us who are not fond of button slappers. But we can’t be the only ones who’ve noticed casinos often don’t intervene when they do this. So that leads some players to wonder why:

I would like to know if casinos are allowed to ask players to not button slap? Not only is it annoying but it sucks when you sit down to play your favorite games and the spin buttons don’t work.


Given casinos are private property, and the equipment either theirs to own or lease, they certainly could opt to say something or do something about it.

But they don’t, for reasons we can only figure are to not anger players and cause them to leave, costing them revenue. We can’t be sure whether other guests leave as a result of the button slappers (we’d presume not really), but given many of the slappers are people who play for long hours on games like Lightning Link and Dragon Link, it’s probably a revenue decision.

In our article with IGT recently about cabinets, we discussed the robustness of slot machines, and one of the aspects of their testing is slot tournaments – if their machines can sustain a beating with players slapping those buttons all day, surely so could a slot machine set up for play on the floor.

And they usually do – it’s somewhat remarkable how well machines hold up to all the use and abuse they put up with.

The thing we also have noted before is that some players go beyond a bit of button slapping to bang the screens, the glass, and so forth. Machines are designed to put up with that too, but they do have their limits. We’ve seen examples of machines getting smashed by an angry player that just hit once too many times, too hard. And when that happens that player is generally going to get a bill to fix the machine.

So while we’re sure we’re preaching to the choir here, please take it easy on your slot machines. Don’t bang them or slap them. Not only do they not help your game, if the casino catches you breaking a machine it could also cost you dearly.

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6 Replies to “Can Casinos Ask Button Slappers to Stop?”

  • Nina says:

    If I am sitting next to a button slapper, I immediately leave that machine. It’s just too annoying.

  • Jake M. says:

    Just wish something or someone could get it through their heads that slapping, hitting etc. Does nothing to increase the wins or get symbols to drop. That stupidity of it all bothers me most.

    • says:

      We’re with you Jake – there’s not really a need to do it. We’ve unfortunately been witness to a machine or two breaking, and it really wasn’t necessary.

  • Sandra says:

    Button slapping is VERY annoying but so are people who constantly putting their hands all over the screens. A little “Windex” now and then is one thing but I have seen people put their hands on the screen so much you can hardly see through it when they leave! 🤦

    • says:

      It’s a good point – we appreciate those casinos that still have the machine wipes, because aside from wiping down the buttons it can help with the screens in those cases!

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