What Is a Slot?


A slot is an open space on the surface of a body, especially one of an aircraft, to accommodate an attachment or control device. The term may also refer to a recess in the wing or tail of an airplane for such devices.

A slot> element is used to provide a name for a resource that can be later referenced by another slot> element, or by the application using the resource. The names assigned to slots are case-sensitive and unique.

In hockey, the slot is the area of the ice right in front of the goaltender and between the face-off circles in the offensive zone. The high slot is the prime location for a defenseman to launch a blistering slap shot on net, while the low slot allows for a winger or center to take a wrist shot with a straight-on view of the net.

The theoretical payout percentage of a slot machine is set at the factory, and can only be changed by physically swapping out an EPROM or similar non-volatile memory component in the presence of casino supervisors. This process is expensive and time-consuming, so it is done only when necessary.

The pay table on a slot game displays the amount of coins that can be won per spin, the number of available paylines, and any additional features the slot offers such as free spins rounds or a jackpot. It will also display the maximum bet and if the slot has a fixed coin value or is a variable coin value machine.