What is a Slot?

In a slot machine, players insert cash or, in “ticket-in, ticket-out” machines, a paper ticket with a barcode. The machine then activates a series of reels that spin and stop to rearrange symbols, rewarding the player with credits according to the pay table. Symbols vary by game, but classic icons include fruits, bells, and stylized lucky sevens. Most slots have a theme, and bonus features and other elements are aligned with the theme.

Slot is the name of a number of different computer games that allow players to win money by matching combinations of symbols on reels. The games can be played on a variety of platforms, including PCs, mobile phones, and social media sites. Many slots have a progressive jackpot, which increases the amount of money that can be won with each spin. Others have a fixed payout, which is awarded when the winning combination appears on the payline.

A slot is also a position in an organization or hierarchy, such as the job of chief copy editor. It can also refer to an allocated time and place for an aircraft to take off or land, as authorized by an airport or air-traffic controller:

In ice hockey, the slot is the area directly in front of an opposing goal that allows wingers and centers to shoot with a good chance of scoring without deflection. Slots are often considered no man’s land by defenders, who try to make it hard for offensive players to enter the zone.