What is a Slot?


A slot is a narrow opening that allows coins to be dropped into a machine or container. It is also the name of an electronic game that uses reels to pay out winning combinations.

Symbols and Bonus Features

Most slots have symbols that follow a theme, for example figures from Ancient Egypt or stylized lucky sevens. They may also have special symbols such as wilds or scatters, which can trigger bonus games. These symbols usually pay out the most for three or more of them, but the actual paytable will tell you how much you can win with different combinations.

Reels and Paylines

A slot machine has three or more reels that spin and stop to rearrange the symbols. When a winning combination is made, the machine stops and credits the player with credits.

The maximum number of reel positions on a slot machine is determined by the number of symbols on each reel and the size of the jackpot. The higher the jackpot, the more reels there are.


In the US, machines must be randomly generated by a random number generator that is free from outside influences. However, it is possible for some machines to prevent certain features from appearing too early or only when you have already lost a certain amount of money.


A slot machine’s taste is a small amount that is often paid out to keep a player seated and continuously betting. The amount pays out only slightly above the minimum payout on a machine, and only rarely will the machine fail to pay out at all over a series of pulls.