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A narrow notch, groove, or opening, as a keyway in machinery or a slit for a coin in a vending machine. Also used: a position in a group, series, or sequence.
Depending on the type of slot machine, players insert cash or, in ticket-in, ticket-out machines, paper tickets with barcodes, into a designated slot to activate the machine. The machine then spins the reels and, if matching symbols line up on a pay line (which can be horizontal, vertical, diagonal, or zigzag), the player receives credits based on a payout table. Symbols vary by game, but classic icons include fruit, bells, and stylized lucky sevens.
Some slots allow players to win additional credits by hitting bonus rounds, such as free spins or multipliers. Bonus rounds are often tied to a game’s theme and can increase the chances of winning big. Some slots also offer a progressive jackpot, in which a percentage of all wagers are added to a central account. This jackpot can reach millions of dollars and be won at any time by a lucky player.