What is a Slot?


A slit or other narrow opening, especially one for receiving something, as a coin or a letter. Also, a position in a group, series, or sequence; an assignment or job opening.

In the context of slot machines, a slot is a combination of symbols that line up on the payline to receive a payout. Each machine has a pay table that lists the amount you can win for different symbol combinations, and it’s important to familiarize yourself with this before you start playing.

One of the most important things to know about slots is that the outcome of each spin is determined by chance and luck, not by a set pattern. This means that you should never waste money chasing a payout that you feel is ‘due’ because it’s simply not possible to predict when the slot will land on a winning combination.

The first true slot machine was created in 1887 by Charles Fey, who added a lever and reels to Sittman and Pitt’s original poker machine. His design included three spinning reels and five symbols, including hearts, spades, diamonds, horseshoes, and liberty bells—three aligned liberty bells would trigger the highest payout.

Today’s slots use random number generator (RNG) technology to determine the results of each spin. The RNG generates a series of numbers that correspond to each stop on the digital reel, and then the computer uses an internal sequence table to match those numbers with a corresponding symbol on the slot’s paytable.