What is a Slot Machine?


A narrow notch or opening, especially one for receiving something, as a keyway in a piece of machinery or a slit for a coin in a vending machine. Also: a position within a group, series, or sequence; an assignment or job opening.

In a slot game, you insert cash or, in “ticket-in, ticket-out” machines, a paper ticket with a barcode. The machine then activates reels that spin and stop to rearrange symbols. If the symbols match a winning combination, you earn credits based on a pay table. Symbols vary from game to game, but classic symbols include fruits, bells, and stylized lucky sevens.

The payout values of a slot’s symbols are shown in its pay table, which is usually accessed by clicking an icon near the bottom of the game screen. The pay table will show an image of each symbol, together with how much you can win if you land three, four, or five of them on a payline. It may also feature information about Scatter or Bonus symbols, which trigger mini bonus games with a different set of reels and paylines. These bonus games can add to your overall winnings, but they are not required to play the game.