A slot is a place in the schedule where an event takes place. For example, an airplane lands in its designated time slot at the airport. A slot is also a time period in a computer program.
A machine that dispenses coins or, in “ticket-in, ticket-out” machines, paper tickets with barcodes, after the player has activated it by pressing a lever or button (either physical or on a touchscreen). The reels then spin and stop to rearrange symbols, and if the symbols match a paytable pattern the player receives credits according to the payout table. The machine may also offer bonus games. Many slots have a theme, with classic symbols like fruits and bells or stylized lucky sevens.
Historically, slots have fulfilled only the first two criteria. By lowering volatility, they have begun to fulfill the third and fourth criteria as well. In addition, by adding features such as multiple lines, endless bonus rounds and mini-games, slots have started to meet the fifth criterion.
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