What is a Slot?


A narrow notch or groove into which something fits, as a keyway in a piece of machinery or the slit for a coin in a vending machine. Also, a position or place in a group, series, or sequence: a slot in the choir; a time slot for an appointment.

In computer science, a named slot (named after the element it references) is a slot> element with a name attribute. This allows the slot to be referenced in scripts by its name rather than its position within the element or the element’s id.

Slot is a game that spins reels and pays out credits based on combinations of symbols, and most slots have themes. The symbols vary by machine, but classics include fruits, bells, and stylized lucky sevens. Players insert cash or, in ticket-in, ticket-out machines, a paper ticket with a barcode into the slot, then activate the machine by pushing a lever or button (either physical or virtual). The reels then stop spinning and, if matching symbols line up, the player earns credit based on a pay table.

While many players may jump right in to playing online slots without reading a pay table, it’s always a good idea to do so. The information is usually displayed in a small table that’s easy to read, with each symbol listed alongside how much the player can win for landing 3, 4 or 5 of them on a payline. It’s sometimes shown in coloured boxes for extra clarity.

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