A narrow notch, groove or opening into which something can be fitted, as in a keyway in machinery or a slot for a coin in a vending machine. Also: a position in a group, series or sequence (Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition).
Slot is the slot game that pays out credits when matching symbols line up along a payline. Slots come in many different themes, and the winning combinations vary depending on the rules of each game. Some slots have special features that make them more fun to play, such as wild symbols, scatters or bonus symbols.
You can find a list of the payouts for each slot in its pay table, which is usually displayed on the screen of the slot machine. The pay table will show you pictures of each symbol, as well as how much you can win if you land three or more of them on a payline. The pay table may also highlight any special symbols, like the Wild symbol, and explain how they work.
It is a good idea to limit how many machines you play at a time, especially in crowded casinos. Too many machines can make it difficult to watch over them all, and you may miss out on a big jackpot. As a rule, it’s best to play one machine at a time. Otherwise, you might end up dropping money into machine number six while machine number one, on the next aisle over, pays out a big prize to someone who was lucky enough to grab it in the nick of time.