A slot is a position on a football field that is between the X receiver and the Z receiver. It allows a player to have a step or two before contact with the CB covering him, and is typically used by quicker guys or shifty players who can run the ball in and out of the box.
A spin of a slot machine takes place when a person inserts cash or, in “ticket-in, ticket-out” machines, a paper ticket with a barcode into the designated slot on the machine. A computer then uses a random number generator to produce a sequence of symbols on the reels, and if a winning combination is produced, the player earns credits based on the payout table.
The pay tables on slot games are designed to make it easy for the player to understand how much he or she can win from a particular machine based on specific symbol combinations. They also explain which bet sizes correspond to each prize and any bonus features that may be available.
Depending on the machine, the pay table can be found in different places. Many video slots have a ‘help’ button or ‘i’ on the touch screen that will walk you through the different payouts, pay lines and bonus features. In addition, most physical slots have a candle on top known as the ‘candle light’ or ‘tower light’ that will flash in specific patterns when the machine needs service, is paying out a jackpot or is not displaying a paytable.