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, sequence, or series; an assignment or job opening. From the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition.
When you play a slot, the odds are that you’ll win some money if you line up symbols on the reels in a winning payline. These lines are determined by a random number generator, which runs an algorithm that cycles thousands of numbers each second. When you press “spin,” the program stops the reels at a random set of symbols. Each machine has a different return to player (RTP) rate and variance (how much and how often it pays out). Look for these statistics on the game’s help screen or online.
The term ‘slot’ can also be used in sports to refer to a specific area of the ice hockey rink. For example, the area in front of the goaltender and between the face-off circles is known as the low slot.