What is a Slot?


A narrow opening into which something can fit, such as a keyway in machinery or the slit for a coin in a vending machine. The word is also used to describe a position in a series or sequence: the slot on the right side of the copy desk at the Gazette; the slot car, which runs on a narrow track.

An allocated time and place for a plane to take off or land, assigned by an airport or air-traffic control authority: The airline got more slots at U.S. airports.

In casinos, the slot symbol is a special kind of reel that accepts cash or tickets with a cash value (TITO). When you click the spin button, the slot will display both the current number of credits in the machine and the amount you’ve won. If you see the winnings total in the hundreds or more, it’s a good sign that this is a high-paying machine.

While you can’t control what symbols will appear on the reels, you can increase your chances of winning by focusing on speed and concentration. Minimize distractions by turning off your cell phone and avoiding socializing with other players. Also, be sure to select a machine you enjoy playing. Whether you prefer simpler machines with just one payout line or those with elaborate bonus features, play the types of games that give you satisfaction. Luck plays a big role in slots, but having fun is equally important.