We’re Waiting on a Slot


When you’ve checked in, queued for security and waited at the gate to board your flight, it can be frustrating to find that you’re waiting on a plane with empty seats. The captain might say “We’re waiting on a slot.” But what does this mean, and why can’t we just take off as soon as the plane is ready?

Slot is an opening in a machine or system that holds or receives something, especially a payment. It may also refer to the time allocated to a particular job or activity: He was given a three-hour slot at work.

In a slot game, the pay table will give you all the information you need to play: The number of paylines, what symbols are on each reel, how much can be bet per spin, and whether there’s any bonus features. Many slots have multiple paylines, which increase the chances of forming potentially winning combinations.

A slot in football is a position on the team’s roster, usually at wide receiver. Players who play in the slot require a certain skill set to run routes effectively, and they often need to be faster than other wide receivers to avoid being tackled.

To play a slot machine, you put cash or, in “ticket-in, ticket-out” machines, a paper ticket with a barcode into the designated slot on the machine. A button or lever (either physical or virtual) is then pushed to activate the reels and spin them. If a winning combination is formed, the player earns credits based on the paytable.