What is a Slot?

A narrow notch, groove, or opening, as in a keyway in machinery or a slit for a coin in a vending machine. Also: A position in a group, series, or sequence, as of the first, second, third, etc., positions of a card game or a hockey play: He was assigned the slot on the blue line.

A position in a group, series, sequence, or the like: The second episode of the season was aired after the first, and took its slot at the top of the ratings.

An area in which a machine or its controls may be placed, as on the back of a piece of furniture. Also: The place in a gang where a member will sit: He’s been put in the third slot.

In a slot game, the computer uses an internal sequence table to map the three-number sequence to the appropriate stop on the reels. The sequence is then re-triggered and the next numbers in the sequence are recorded. When the computer stops on the correct reel, you win the prize indicated in the pay table.

Some players believe that a jackpot is ‘due to hit’, but this can never happen. The outcome of each spin is random, controlled by a computerized system. Even if the jackpot is at its highest value, you can’t know when it will hit, so don’t waste your time and money chasing one.