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Slot Machines and Slot Receivers

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A slit or other narrow opening, especially one for receiving something, such as a coin or a letter. The slit may be in the shape of a rectangle or a circle and may be in the wall of an office or other building, on the edge of a table, or in a piece of furniture.

In sports, the area between the face-off circles on an ice hockey rink. A player can receive the puck from either of the two opposing players in the slot by passing the puck between them. The puck can then be pushed into the other team’s zone to score a goal.


A slot machine is a gambling device that accepts cash or, in the case of “ticket-in, ticket-out” machines, barcoded tickets with barcodes that correspond to winning combinations on the reels. Activated by a lever or button (physical or on a touchscreen), the reels spin and, if symbols match, a payout is awarded according to the paytable. Symbols vary by game, but classic symbols include fruit, bells, and stylized lucky sevens. Most slots have a theme, and bonus features often align with that theme.

Slot receiver

A position on a football team’s offense, the slot receiver lines up just inside the wide receiver and behind the line of scrimmage. This position gives them the ability to run up, in, and out of the pattern, making them versatile receivers for quarterbacks. Typically, slot receivers are faster than their counterparts at the wideout position and have great hands. They are also very good blockers, picking up blitzes and protecting running backs on outside run plays.

Before putting money into a slot machine, players should always check the paytable to see what each combination of symbols is worth and any maximum jackpots that are available on that particular machine. This information is usually spelled out above the machine on its glass or, for video slots, there may be a HELP or INFO button that will walk players through the various pay tables, payouts, and special features. Players should also be aware that a single spin on two different machines could result in very different payouts, even though they look identical.

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