What Is a Slot?

A slot is a dynamic container in which you can add and manage content items. Each slot has a set of properties that you can configure as you see fit. Slots work together with scenarios to provide a complete content management solution. For more information on slots and scenarios, see the Using Slots chapter of the ATG Personalization Programming Guide.

A narrow notch, groove, or opening, as in a keyway, a slit for a coin in a vending machine, etc. (also slotted) (slang, informal) To place something where it belongs; to fit: he was sliding the disc into the player’s slot.

In a slot machine, a reel or multiple reels display symbols that spin and stop to rearrange themselves according to rules established by the machine’s pay table. When a winning combination is formed, the player receives credits according to the number and type of symbols on the pay line. Many modern slot machines look like the old mechanical models, but they operate on a different principle: the outcome of each pull is determined by a central computer rather than by gears.

In the United States, casinos used to tell players that maximum bets were the only way to increase their chances of winning a large jackpot. This was probably true of older three-reel machines, but it is usually not the case with video and online slots. For one thing, there are often incentives built into the payout tables that reward players for betting more coins than minimum bets.