What is a Slot?

A slot (plural: slots) is the opening in a machine into which coins, paper tickets or other tokens are inserted to activate and initiate a game. The term is also used to describe the position of one or more slots in a computer or on a network.

In a computer, the term ‘slot’ refers to an operation issue and data path machinery that surrounds a set of execution units called functional units (FU). A single slot may have multiple functional units sharing the same resources.

When playing online slots, it is often a good idea to switch machines regularly. This can help you spread your bankroll over a larger number of spins and potentially increase your chances of hitting the jackpot. However, this doesn’t mean you have to abandon the machine if you are not seeing the wins you would like. Instead, you can always make a quick cash out and transfer your winnings to another slot.


A pay table is a chart which shows the possible payouts of a slot based on the combinations of symbols. It usually displays each symbol within the slot, alongside how much you will win if you land three, four or five matching symbols in a row on a payline. Typically, a slot’s pay table will fit in with its overall theme, and is displayed on-screen using colourful graphics to help you understand the information.

It never fails to amaze us how many players plunk their dollars into a slot and hit spin without even looking at the pay table. This can be a huge mistake because the information provided in a slot’s pay table is essential for understanding how the game works and maximizing your enjoyment.