A slot is a position or opening in a machine or system, into which something may be inserted. It is a type of slit, hole, or channel, often with a variable width and depth, used for receiving something such as coins or paper tickets with barcodes. In casinos, a player inserts cash or, in “ticket-in, ticket-out” machines, a paper ticket with a barcode that represents a particular amount of money. The machine then displays a series of reels, and when the machine stops spinning, the symbols that lined up are arranged to give the player credits according to the paytable. Symbols vary, but classics include fruits, bells, and stylized lucky sevens.

A person who plays a slot machine may develop a gambling addiction, especially if they play on a video machine. Psychologists have found that players of video slots reach a debilitating level of involvement with gambling three times as rapidly as those who play other casino games.

In American football, a slot receiver is a wide receiver who usually plays on passing downs and is situated between the outside receivers and tight ends on the line of scrimmage. A great slot receiver, like Wes Welker, is extremely good at running short routes and opening up other wide receivers on longer passes.

A slot is a space for something, such as a cylinder in an engine or a place on a device. It is also a position in a game of poker, in which each player has a fixed number of cards to draw from a deck of 52. A player who has a high enough hand wins.