Slot Receivers


A narrow notch, groove, or opening, such as a slot for coins in a machine or a car seat belt slot. Also: a position in a schedule or program; a time period during which an activity can take place.

Slot receivers, as the name implies, line up slightly in the backfield behind the other wide receivers and are able to get open on passing plays due to their positioning. They can also act as a blocker on running plays like sweeps and slants, though they do not have the ability to deal crushing blocks that other wide receivers do. They can, however, be used to confuse the defense by running routes that correspond with those of other receivers on the play, and they are in a good position to avoid getting hit from different angles.

The number of credits a player will receive if symbols lined up on the payline correspond to those on the machine’s payout table. Most slot machines have a specific theme and include classic symbols such as fruit, bells, or stylized lucky sevens. Payout tables are listed on the face of a machine (or, in ticket-in, ticket-out machines, on a help menu), or, on video slots, in a separate window.

Players can find information about a slot’s payout percentage by reading reviews, looking at its pay table, or by doing a simple Google search for “payout percentage” and the name of the game. Many websites that review new slot games will list a game’s payout percentage, and some may even provide a link to the casino’s website where the information can be found.