What is a Slot?

You’ve checked in on time, made it through security, queued to get on board and struggled with the overhead lockers – only to find out your flight is delayed due to “a slot”. So what is a slot and why can’t you take off as soon as you’re ready?


A slot is a container that holds dynamic items on a Web page. Slots are controlled by scenarios that either wait for content (passive slots) or call out for it using a targeter (active slots). Renderers then display the content in the slot.

Slot rules

The rules of slot vary by game but will generally include the pay table, POP, RTP and other important information to help you increase your probability of winning. The pay table will clearly show how much you can win if you hit certain combinations on the reels, alongside information on the game’s symbols and bonus features. Many slot games also feature animations to make the information easy to understand.

There are many myths and misconceptions surrounding slot machines, with some players believing that there’s a back room at the casino pulling the strings and determining who wins and loses. While it’s true that luck plays a big part in any slot game, the reality is that every spin of the wheel is completely random and has no bearing on what happened before it. The best way to maximise your chances of winning is by playing responsibly and setting a monetary and time limit before you start spinning.