What Is a Slot?


A narrow notch, groove, or opening, such as a keyway in a machine, a slit for a coin in a vending machine, or a space in an aircraft fuselage for attachment of an instrument panel. Also: (by extension) a position in a group, series, sequence, or hierarchy: He slotted himself into his new role on the board.

A slot in a machine is the place where the player slides cash currency or, in “ticket-in, ticket-out” machines, a paper ticket with a barcode into a slot to activate the machine. A spin of the reels then causes symbols to appear, and if they match a winning combination on a payline, the player receives credits according to the payout schedule. Most slot games have a theme and use recognizable symbols, such as fruits, bells, or stylized lucky sevens.

In addition to the basic slot properties discussed in the Using Slots chapter of the ATG Personalization Programming Guide, slots have additional properties that are important when working with offer management. For example, a slot must only contain images; it cannot contain text or other content from the Solutions repository. It is also recommended that you only use one scenario for each slot in your offering. Using multiple scenarios can lead to unpredictable results. Read on to learn more about slots and how to use them for your offering. Also, be sure to consider the number of paylines when choosing a slot. Some slots allow you to decide the number of paylines to enable; others are fixed and unchangeable.