A slot is a narrow notch, groove or opening, such as a keyway in machinery or a slit for a coin in a vending machine. A slot can also refer to a position in a group, series, sequence or order. In air traffic management, slots are allocated due to limitations on capacity at an airport or in airspace (e.g. due to air traffic controller shortages, weather, congestion).

The word ‘slot’ can also be used to describe the way a particular machine pays out winning combinations. Slots are usually weighted in favour of certain symbols, which can appear on multiple virtual reels. When a combination of these symbols forms, the machine pays out the winning amount shown on its pay table.

This means that a machine with a high volatility will tend to pay out less often, but when it does, the winning amounts will be larger. It is also possible to win jackpots that are independent of the machine’s regular payouts.

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