In hockey, a slot is a rectangular area that extends toward the blue line. This area is a prime spot for the puck to be placed, because the shot is not likely to deflect. Players can also take a wrist shot into the slot, if the puck is low enough. Goalies are tasked with detecting the puck in the slot and reacting quickly to make sure it does not deflect. A well-placed one-timer from the slot is among the most powerful shots in hockey.

Modern slot machines feature multiple pay lines. The most common payline is the main horizontal pay line, but many machines feature additional horizontal or diagonal lines, as well. The higher the number of paylines, the higher the prize, but the odds of winning are lower. Players who wish to increase their chances of hitting a jackpot can increase their bet size by choosing different combinations of symbols.

Slot machines can accept cash or paper tickets with barcodes. When players insert money into a slot machine, they activate the lever or button, which then spins the reels. Winning combinations earn credits, according to the paytable. While the symbols used vary depending on the theme, classic symbols include bells, fruit, and stylized lucky sevens. Almost all slot games have a theme, and the bonus features they offer are generally aligned with that theme.

A slot is a narrow opening. It is used to receive things, and it can also be an unmarked area between two circles. Slots are common in airports, and are used to prevent recurrent delays.