A slot is a position within a series, sequence, or group. The word is also used as a name for the physical opening on a computer motherboard where expansion cards fit into.
In slot machines, the term is used to describe a location on a reel where a specific symbol must land for a winning combination. Most online slots have pay tables that you can access by clicking an icon near the bottom of the game screen. These tables will display all the symbols and their values, alongside how much you can win if you hit certain combinations of them. They also show the number of paylines, which is how many different ways you can form a winning spin.
The pay table will usually be in line with the theme of the game itself, and the graphics and information are presented in a way that is easy to read. It never ceases to amaze us when players dive straight into playing an online slot without checking out the pay table first!
Generally speaking, the amount you can win from a slot machine depends on its POP and RTP. POP is the percentage of money a slot machine is designed to return to its player over the long run, and RTP is its payout percentage over an individual session.
The slot position is an extremely important one, and it’s often considered the most movable spot on the field. Quicker guys and shifty players love to be in the slot because they can get into open space a couple of steps before the CB covering them gets a chance to grab them.