What is a Slot?


In a slot machine, players insert cash or, in “ticket-in, ticket-out” machines, a paper ticket with a barcode into a designated slot. The machine then activates reels that spin and stop to rearrange symbols. If a player matches a winning combination of symbols, the machine pays out credits based on its pay table. Depending on the game theme, symbols can include classic objects such as fruits or bells, or more elaborate items such as stylized lucky sevens.

In computing, a slot is an operation issue and data path machinery surrounding a set of one or more execution units (also known as functional units). In very long instruction word (VLIW) computers, the term is also used for the relationship between the operation in the instruction and the pipeline to execute it.

A slot is also a position in a series or sequence, as of jobs, appointments, or other tasks. It can also refer to an open door or window in a building.

While playing a slot, it is important to always check the pay table. The pay table shows all the different possible winning combinations and how much they payout, alongside pictures of each symbol. It can also list other bonus features and how to trigger them. The pay table can usually be accessed by clicking an icon close to the bottom of the game screen, and may come in bright colours so it’s easy to read.