What Is a Slot?


A slot is a position in an aircraft that allows for the placement of a flight control surface. A slot is also a term used in airport traffic management to indicate a reserved time for airspace that may be limited or restricted.

In a slot machine, players insert cash or, in “ticket-in, ticket-out” machines, paper tickets with barcodes, into a designated slot to activate the machine. The machine then rearranges the symbols and pays out credits based on the paytable. The symbol set varies, but classics include fruit (cherries, lemons, oranges), bells and stylized lucky sevens. Most slot games have a theme and bonus features aligned with that theme.

A slot is also a position in a hockey game, often the top spot for a defenseman to take a slap shot at the puck. A well-placed one-timer from the high slot can send the puck into the net at speeds of over 100 miles per hour. This is one of the reasons why a skilled defenseman is so valuable to his team. In online casinos, slots can range from classic three reel games to complex megaways games. Many have themes that are popular in land-based casinos and are adapted to online play. Bonus features can range from mystery chases in the Crime Zone to outer-space cluster payoffs. Online slots can be played on computers, tablets and phones. Most online casinos offer generous bonuses to new customers. Some also have loyalty programs that reward regular players with extra spins and free gifts.