A slot is a narrow depression, perforation, or aperture in a structure for receiving a piece, or for sliding something into it. The word “slot” has many different uses, but its most popular usage is as a noun, referring to a deer track, the place where a wounded deer will eventually fall. Interestingly enough, the word “slot” has become synonymous with the term “bloodhound,” meaning that a bloodhound will follow a deer’s slot if it bleeds.
In hockey, a slot is the area behind the blue line where a player has the best chance to score without deflection. When a player scores from the slot, he or she will have a clearer and more accurate line of sight on the goal. Also, a low slot provides a good view of the net and is often used to make wrist shots. Unfortunately, the slot is not always conducive to accurate shooting because defenders will set up the slot as no man’s land to keep the puck in.
The technology behind slot machines has evolved over the years, from mechanical designs to computer-controlled ones. The underlying game concept remains the same, however: a player pulls a handle in the machine to spin a series of reels. Each reel has a picture on it and a payline, which is the line in the middle of the viewing window. This is the “payback percentage.”