What is a Slot?

A slot is a narrow notch, groove or opening, as in a keyway, slit for a coin in a vending machine, or the position of a reel on a video game. The term may also refer to:

Slot can also be used as a nickname for a person who is short or narrow-looking, or to someone who occupies a small place or space. In football, a slot receiver is a wide receiver who lines up slightly inside the backfield, close to the line of scrimmage. Unlike traditional outside receivers, who may be taller and more physically imposing, slot receivers are often shorter and quicker. As offenses shift to more three-wide receiver formations, the slot has become a vital position in the modern game.

The slot also requires advanced blocking skills. Because they are so close to the line of scrimmage, slot receivers must be able to block (or at least chip) nickelbacks and outside linebackers on running plays, and perform a crack-back block on defensive ends. They must also be able to run precise routes that require a high degree of elusion and evasion, which is why they tend to have more speed than outside receivers.

Paylines are the lines that determine what types of prizes, bonuses and features you can win during a spin. Some slots allow you to choose which paylines you wish to wager on, while others have fixed numbers of paylines that you cannot change. A slot that allows you to choose your paylines is considered a ‘free slot’, while one that automatically wagers on all available paylines is referred to as a ‘fixed slot’.