What is a Slot?


A slit or other narrow opening, esp. one for receiving something, as a coin or a letter. Also: a position in a group, sequence or series; a job, or place in an organization or hierarchy.

Slot is a game in which players try to line up symbols on paylines to win credits. The amount of coins or credits won is based on the payout table, which lists the various combinations and their respective values. Symbols vary by game, but classic symbols include fruit, bells and stylized lucky sevens. Newer games often feature bonus rounds and other special features that add to the excitement.

In order to play a slot machine, a player inserts cash or, in “ticket-in, ticket-out” machines, a paper ticket with a barcode into a designated slot. The machine then activates the reels and stops them when a winning combination is lined up. Players earn credits based on the payout table and, if applicable, triggered bonus rounds.

In the mid-1990s, Australian developer Aristocrat introduced video slots with five reels and multiple bonuses events. These machines were a huge success in the region and inspired many U.S. manufacturers to start working on their own high-tech models. A few months later, WMS Gaming unveiled Reel ‘Em In, a big hit in the United States that introduced the concept of progressive jackpots to American gamblers. In addition to the jackpots, the new game featured other ways to win prizes, such as regular multipliers (like 2X or 3X) and a Wild Multiplier that increases with each spin.