What Is a Slot?


A narrow notch, groove, slit, or opening, especially one for receiving or admitting something, as a coin or a letter.

A slot is also a position in a sequence or schedule: They reserved the first episode of that new show for its peak viewing time slot. In linguistics, a position having a specific grammatical function within a construction into which any one of several morphemes or morpheme sequences may fit: The morphemes in this clause fit into the tense slots.

The symbol or symbols that make up a winning line in a slot machine are listed on the pay table, usually above and below the reels. Video slot machines also typically display this information in a window that overlays the reels. The pay tables will include an example of each symbol, and they will tell you how much you will win if you land three, four, or five of a kind.

In addition to the symbols that form paying lines, slot machines have a special “credit” meter that shows how many credits you currently have. This can be found in the lower right-hand corner of the screen. The credit meter can be lit up to indicate that you need more change, want to see the jackpot total, or have a problem with the machine.

While the odds of hitting a particular payline are set to lead to a certain payout percentage, results are random and cannot be predicted. This is true even in pick ’em-style bonus events, where you select one of several symbols to reveal a reward amount. Over a long period of time, your selections will average out — but you can’t predict which symbols you will choose.