What is a Slot?

A narrow notch, groove, or opening, such as a keyway in machinery or a slit for a coin in a vending machine. Also: a position in a group, series, or sequence: He is the guy who has the slot for the copy editor.

Sports A unmarked area in front of the opposing team’s goal on an ice hockey rink, affording a vantage point for the attacking player. Also: a shortened version of face-off, the name given to the part of a game in which players take turns attempting to control the puck or other object.

In slot machines, a symbol that lines up on a pay line triggers a payout. The amount of money you receive depends on the number and type of symbols, as well as any bonus features. Depending on the machine, you can find the information about these details in a pay table.

In addition to displaying the regular payout values for different symbols, a pay table will usually provide information about how the bonus features work and what kind of combination of symbols is required to trigger them. It is important to read the pay table carefully before you start playing a new slot machine.