What is a Slot?


A narrow opening, groove, or channel. (Computing) A space in a storage device, disk, or memory in which a file can be stored. (Computer gaming) A position in the computer game that holds a player’s avatar and allows them to interact with the virtual world.

A slot can be passive or active and is filled by a scenario that uses an action to add content to it or by using a targeter to direct where to display the content. Slots work in tandem with scenarios and renderers to deliver dynamic content on pages.

The process of spinning a reel in a slot machine is called ‘sequencing’ and consists of three steps:

Step 1: The Random Number Generator (RNG) generates a sequence of numbers, which are recorded in an internal sequence table as the quotients of a large multiplication formula. The computer then finds the corresponding locations on each reel, and causes them to stop at those placements.

Some slot machines use special “All Ways” or “Cluster Pays” paylines that give players multiple opportunities to win on each spin. Whether or not these types of paylines improve your chances of winning depends on how much you wager per spin, the payout percentage, and other factors.