A slot is a position or location on a machine, in which cash or, for older machines, a paper ticket with a barcode can be inserted and activated. The machine then spins and stops to rearrange the symbols into winning combinations and pay out credits according to the machine’s payout table. Many slots have a theme and bonus features which are aligned with the theme.

A player can usually control the amount of money they bet per spin, which is indicated by a button on the machine’s console or, in modern online slots, by clicking the Bet and Line buttons. The Pay Table, which explains how the symbols should land to trigger different bonus features, can also be displayed on the screen. Pay tables can be presented as small tables, typically with different coloured backgrounds or blocks that display how symbols should line up to form winning combinations.

The term ‘slot’ can also refer to a position on the field for a wide receiver, known as the ‘slot’ in the NFL. The slot receiver lines up closer to the center than a traditional wideout, giving them a few more yards of separation from linebackers and the ability to run routes that set them up for receptions.

Another way in which the word slot can be used is to refer to a time slot for television or radio broadcasts. A programme’s slot is the time that it will be shown on the schedule and may differ depending on its genre or target audience.