What Is a Slot?


A slot is an allocated time and place for an aircraft to take off or land, as authorized by an airport or air-traffic authority. It is often a small area in which the aircraft can fly, but it may also refer to a specialized section of an airport runway or other flight infrastructure:

The slots of slot machines are used for depositing cash or, in “ticket-in, ticket-out” machines, paper tickets with barcodes, which are then exchanged for credit. In some jurisdictions, slot machines must be located in a specific zone and be accompanied by signage.

In a slot game, the symbol set is aligned with the overall theme and can range from traditional fruits and bells to stylized lucky sevens. The paytable usually contains a description of the symbols and their values, along with how to activate bonus features and other elements of the slot machine. Depending on the game, the pay table may be displayed as a separate page or incorporated into the game’s user interface.

Despite the belief that slot machines are “due” to hit, the results of each spin depend on the random number generator (RNG) chip inside the machine. The RNG generates numbers within a massive spectrum and decides whether the reels will stop on a winning or losing combination. The odds of a particular spin are not affected by previous results or any actions taken after the spin. This is why it is important to have a bankroll that can handle losses and wins equally.