What is a Slot?

In a slot machine, players insert coins or, in “ticket-in, ticket-out” machines, a paper ticket with a barcode into a slot and then activate the machine by pressing a lever or button (either physical or on a touchscreen). The reels spin, stopping to rearrange symbols when they align. If the symbols form a winning combination, the player earns credits based on the paytable. Many slot games have a theme, and symbols vary depending on the theme. Classic symbols include fruits, bells, and stylized lucky sevens.

In aviation, a time period during which an aircraft may land or take off at a busy airport; a slot is allocated by a coordinator. See also air traffic slot.

A slot in a computer in which a file can be stored; a position or place in a sequence or series, or in a job or school. See also time slot, vacancy, spot, place, window.

The part of a machine on which a coin or ticket is inserted to activate the game; a slot in a computer in which a data file can be stored. Often, slots are grouped together in a casino. Unlike in the past, when slots had only one pay line, some video slots have fifty different pay lines, which increase your chances of winning. These machines also offer other perks that make your time playing them more fun.