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What is a Slot?

What is a Slot?

Slot is a game that allows you to win credits based on the symbols lined up. There are different types of slots and a variety of themes to choose from, but all have a basic principle: spin the reels, stop when a winning combination is reached, and earn credits based on the amount of bet.

To play a slot, the player inserts cash or, in “ticket-in, ticket-out” machines, a paper ticket with a barcode. When the machine is activated, reels start spinning and stop to rearrange the symbols. If the same symbols line up again when the machine stops, a win is awarded to the player based on the paytable.

Symbols vary from one type of slot to the next, but classic symbols include objects such as fruits and stylized lucky sevens. Most modern games also offer special symbols for free spins and bonus rounds.

Reels and ways to win

A video of a slot machine in action can give you a feel for how the reels work, the symbols, the theme and how a particular bonus round plays out. The videos are usually made by the manufacturer and can help you decide whether or not to try a new game.

Static lines and win factors

The number of possible lines you can spin depends on the game, but most video slots encourage players to bet more than a single line. This is because the long-term return to a player is higher when the player plays more than one line.