What Is a Slot?


A slot is a narrow notch or groove, as in a keyway in a machine or a slit for coins in a vending machine. Also: a scheduled time for an activity, as in “The plane will leave at its scheduled slot.”

In football, the slot is a receiving position on both sides of the field that lies between the outside wide receiver and the tight end. Slot receivers are shorter and faster than traditional wide receivers and need to have top-notch route-running skills because they often run precise routes that require a lot of attention from the defense. They can catch passes from the quarterback on all types of passing plays — inside and outside, deep and short. They are also used as blocking backs on running plays when they aren’t the ball carrier.

Slots are a critical piece of any NFL offense and can make or break an entire team’s success. They are usually the second receiver on a team, behind the outside wide receiver, and help set up deep and short passes for the more physical running backs on the team. They are also used to pick up blitzes from linebackers and secondary players while providing protection on outside run plays, giving the running back more space to operate.

When you’re playing a slot, it’s helpful to know the rules and strategies for the game. One effective strategy is to look for slots that have a cashout number displayed next to the credits amount on the screen. This is a good indication that the slot has just paid out and may be ready to give you another big win.