What is a Slot?


You’ve checked in, made your way through security, fought for overhead space and settled into your seat on an airplane. All that’s left is boarding and taking off. Except the captain says, “We’re waiting on a slot.” What is a slot and why can’t we take off as soon as the plane is ready?

In gambling, a slot refers to a machine where someone has cashed out. A player will often move on from a slot that hasn’t paid out in a while, and look for another that has. This is smart strategy because it allows players to focus on machines that have a good chance of paying out.

The slot on a slot machine is where the reels stop, and the symbols in that slot determine whether or how much a player wins. When a player spins the wheel, the computer assigns a random sequence of numbers to each reel position and then finds the number that corresponds with a winning combination. This is why it’s important to read a slot machine’s pay table before you play.

To slot something means to place it into a location where it fits. He slotted the CD into the player. A slot is also a narrow opening, such as one in a door or window. A slot in a schedule or program is an opportunity for activity to occur. A slot in a machine is an opening where coins are dropped into a machine to activate it for a spin.