What is a Slot?

A narrow notch, groove, or opening, such as a keyway in a piece of machinery, a slit for a coin in a machine, or a slot where a postage stamp can be placed. Also, the period of time when something fits into a larger scheme or schedule, such as an airplane taking off during peak evening viewing time or a TV show airing during its usual slot on a given day.

In a slot machine, the sequence of numbers generated by the Random Number Generator (RNG) determines where your reels will stop and how much you’ll win. The RNG produces a string of three numbers that the computer then maps to different stops on each reel. If the numbers correspond to a winning combination, then you’ll be awarded the amount listed in the pay table for that particular symbol.

Most slots have a pay table that displays all of the possible combinations of symbols and their associated payouts. Often the pay tables fit in with the theme of the slot and use bright colors to make them easy to read. They can also highlight any special symbols, like the Wild symbol, and explain how they work. You’ll also find information about how to adjust your slot’s betting range here.