Slot is a type of gambling machine that has reels and paylines, and pays out winnings when certain combinations of symbols appear on them. Modern slots can have a variety of themes, and many feature bonus rounds or interactive elements.

Symbols and Bonus Games

The symbols on the slot reels are designed to represent a variety of objects or characters. Classic symbols include fruits, bells, and stylized lucky sevens. Some modern machines have a wide range of bonus features, including a random jackpot and free spins.

Special Symbols

The special symbols of most modern slot machines are called “wild” symbols, and usually award a payout for matching three or more of them in a row. They can also trigger bonuses, which offer larger prizes.

Bonus Modes

Slot machines often feature “bonus” modes, which allow players to win large amounts of money in a short amount of time. These modes can be triggered by landing particular symbols on the reels, or can be activated by pressing a button on the game console.


The term “tilt” is derived from electromechanical slot machines’ “tilt switches,” which triggered an alarm if the machine was tilted or otherwise tampered with. This was an important feature of the early slot machines, and is no longer necessary in modern models.


The amount that a slot machine pays out to keep a player seated and betting continuously is known as “taste.” This is usually a small amount that doesn’t affect the payout percentage, and can only be paid out when a player has made several pulls. In addition, a “tenjo” (or ceiling) limits the number of games between the triggering of a bonus and the release of that bonus.

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