What is a Slot?


A narrow opening, such as a slit for a coin in a machine or an air hole in a jet engine. Also: A time period in a calendar or schedule when an activity is permitted to take place: We booked a slot for the first episode of the season during peak evening viewing.

A position in a line or in a game: I was lucky to get a good seat at the slot.

In computerized gaming, a position or time to play: The kids were lined up for the 6pm slot.

In ornithology, a small opening in the tips of the primaries of certain birds, used during flight to maintain an even flow of air over the wings.

Casino gambling machine:

There are two main types of slots — mechanical and video. Mechanical slots are traditional machines with physical reels, but they now often use microchips for random number generation and other features. Video slots are a little different. They have digital representations of reels on a screen and use microchips for the same functions as mechanical slots, but they can be more complex. They can have multiple paylines that run straight across the screen, V’s, upside down V’s, zigs and zags, or in other configurations, and may offer special symbols that trigger bonus rounds. Generally, the more symbol combinations on the payline that are hit, the greater the winnings. Many video slots have a help or info button that will walk players through the various payouts, lines and other features.