slot

A narrow opening into which something can be inserted, such as a hole for coins in a slot machine. Also called a pocket, slit, or aperture. He dropped a coin into the slot and dialed. A time or place in a schedule, or in a series or sequence of events. Visitors can book a time slot a week or more in advance.

In a slot machine, the pay table is the list of potential payouts for combinations of symbols on the reels. It displays a picture of each symbol, together with how much you’ll earn if you land three, four, or five of them on a pay line. It also explains any special symbols, such as Wilds or Scatters, and what their payout values are. Some slot games have additional bonus features as well, and these will be explained on the pay table too.

The pay table is usually displayed by clicking an icon on the machine, or by selecting a Help menu option. Many players don’t bother to read the pay table before they play a slot, but it’s important to know what you’re getting into. The pay table contains important information about the game rules, the number of paylines and their payouts, betting requirements, the return to player (RTP) rate, symbols, and other features. In addition, the pay table will typically include a chart showing how the symbols must line up to form a winning combination. If you’re unfamiliar with reading these charts, it can be difficult to understand them at first.