What is a Slot?


A narrow notch, groove, or opening, as in a door or window; also, a position in a group, series, or sequence.

You checked in on time, made it through security, found your gate, queued to get on board and struggled with the overhead lockers – only to find out that you are waiting for a slot. What is that and why can’t the plane take off as soon as you are ready?

In computing, a slot (also known as expansion slots) is an engineered technique for adding capability to a computer by connecting circuitry with pinholes (usually 16 or 64 closely-spaced holes) on the motherboard. Almost all desktop computers have expansion slots to allow them to be upgraded.

Psychologists have linked slot machines to gambling addiction. Robert Breen’s research, which was featured in the 2011 60 Minutes episode ‘Slot Machines: The Big Gamble’, showed that people who play video slot machines reach a debilitating level of involvement with gambling three times as quickly as those who play traditional casino games.

The good news is that it is possible to improve your chances of winning by choosing a machine that offers a higher payout percentage. But, don’t be fooled – it is still a game of chance. In addition, you should choose a machine based on what you like to increase your enjoyment of the experience. Whether that means selecting a simpler machine with one payout line or more elaborate machines with bonus features, remember that you are playing for entertainment and not to win the jackpot.

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