A narrow notch, groove or opening, as in a piece of machinery, the slit for a coin in a vending machine, or the position in a group, sequence, series, etc. Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

In slot games, a number of virtual stops on the reels correspond to a pay table and symbols that are shown when the game is activated. A win occurs when matching symbols line up on the winning lines, indicated by the game’s help screen. Often, these lines are shown above the reels, and include the symbols that won, as well as the win amount. In addition to paying out for matching symbols, many slots also have special symbols called Wilds that can substitute for other symbols to create a winning combination.

While it was once true that maximum bets brought the highest payback percentages on older three-reel machines, this is not necessarily true in video and online slots. It’s still a good idea to bet the maximum coins, however, as there are incentives built into pay tables that encourage players to play max bets.

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