A slot is a narrow notch, groove or opening, such as the keyway in a piece of machinery or a slit for coins in a vending machine. The term is also used to refer to a position in a group, series or sequence. To “slot” something into something else means to fit it snugly into place. He slid the CD into the player. The seat belt slotted easily into the slot in the car.
A slot machine is a gambling device that uses reels to display symbols and pay out credits based on the pay table. The pay tables are typically posted on the machine or, in the case of modern video machines, can be found in a help menu. In addition to the pay tables, many machines list the payout percentages on their face or within a rules or information page. If a machine does not post this information, a quick Google search of the game’s name and “payout percentage” or “return to player” should provide the results you are looking for. Regardless of the type of machine you are playing, always keep a close eye on your bankroll and never bet more than you can afford to lose. Psychologists have found that those who play slot machines reach a debilitating level of addiction three times as quickly as those who engage in other forms of gambling.