What is a Slot?


A thin opening or groove in something, such as a mail slot at the post office. In a computer, it can also refer to an expansion slot, like an ISA or PCI (peripheral component interconnect) slot, and may refer to an area of memory on the motherboard.

Originally, casino players put money into slot machines as a distraction from table games, and the machine read whether the player had won or lost by looking at what pictures lined up on the pay line (or reels). When it comes to video slots, the random number generator determines outcomes, so every spin is independent of previous and future ones. This means that slots don’t get “hot” or “cold.”

The pay table for a slot displays the regular symbols and how much you can win for landing matching ones on a pay line. If the slot has any special symbols, these are usually listed as well. Some slots also include information on how to trigger bonus features, which can add even more winning potential to the game. However, you should always consult the rules of each slot before playing to ensure that you understand how they work.