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A narrow opening, as a keyway in a piece of machinery or a slit for coins in a machine. Also: a position in a group, series, or sequence; a vacancy in an office or job.

A slot is a game that involves spinning reels, the goal of which is to line up symbols to win credits based on the paytable. The number of reels varies from one machine to another, but most have at least three, and sometimes more than five. The symbols used in a slot machine depend on the game theme and may vary from classic objects to stylized lucky sevens. Most modern games are based on digital technology and allow players to choose the number of paylines they wish to bet on with each spin.

The first mechanical slots were developed in the 1890s by Charles Fey, who patented his invention in 1899. His machines allowed automatic payouts and had three reels, making them more convenient to play than the earlier Sittman-and-Pitt patents. The Fey machine was named after its Liberty Bell symbol, which represented the highest payoff. A plaque marks the location of Fey’s workshop in San Francisco, which is a California Historical Landmark. Fey’s design influenced subsequent slot machines, which have evolved from electromechanical devices to computerized video games. In addition to allowing more paylines, some machines have special features such as Free Spins and mini games that can be triggered during the spinning of the reels.