A slot (also known as a slit, hole, groove, vent or opening) is a position, space or place where something can be fitted. For example, a slot in a door is a location where you can insert a key. In a computer, a slot is a part of the hardware that stores and executes instructions. It also enables data to be transferred between the memory and the processor.
A pay table is an information table that gives you all of the essential details about a slot’s symbols, payouts and bonus features. It will show you how much you can win if you land a specific sequence of symbols on a pay line and it will usually have brightly coloured graphics to make it easier to understand.
The original pay tables appeared directly on the slot machine’s screen but with modern video games containing massive HD computer monitors, they are more typically embedded into the game’s help screens. Regardless of where they are located, they still provide all the vital information you need to play the game.
Whether you’re planning to fly by air or sail by sea, getting a flight time or a berth is all about having a slot. But what exactly is a slot and how does it work?