What is a Slot?

A narrow notch, groove, or opening, as a keyway in machinery or a slit for a coin in a vending machine. Also: a position within a group, series, or sequence; an assignment or job opening. From Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

The slot in a football defense is an important position to fill, as it allows the team to cover a lot of ground and stay connected to every play. It can be a challenging position to master, but with practice you will become a much more confident and accurate pass defender. In addition, you will learn how to play both press and off-man coverage, which is a difficult combination for a new player to pick up on.

In computer science, a slot is a set of connections on the motherboard of a computer that accepts a processor plug-in. It is a variation on the socket, and the original slot was developed by Intel for their Pentium processors in 1997. Since then, other manufacturers have released their own slots, most notably AMD with their Slot A and Socket 7 (pictured below).


The paylines on a slot machine are lines that run across the reels, usually horizontally, from left to right. These lines may have different combinations of symbols on them that win a prize when they line up on the reels. Most modern video slot machines have anywhere from 30 to 100 paylines. Some have as few as three tiers with five reels (15 “stops” or “squares” total) while others have up to four tiers with five reels (20 “stops” or “squares” in all).

While some people believe that it is better to increase the size of their wagers when they are winning and decrease them when they are losing, this is not sound advice. Changing the size of your wager does not change the probability that you will win a given spin. However, if you have been losing for several spins, it may be time to walk away.