Slot Machines and NFL Slot Receivers

In a slot machine, a player inserts cash or, in “ticket-in, ticket-out” machines, a paper ticket with a barcode that is scanned to pay out winning credits based on the paytable. The symbols vary depending on the theme and can include fruit, bells, stylized lucky sevens, etc. The machine is activated by the pull of a lever or push of a button, which spins the reels to rearrange the symbols. If the symbols match a winning combination on the pay table, the player receives credits.

The odds of a particular symbol appearing on a pay line depend on how many symbols are in the machine, how many pay lines it has and what other symbols are present. These factors are summed up in a pay table, which is listed on the machine’s face or, with video slots, displayed within the game’s help menu.

In the NFL, slot receivers are smaller receivers that run shorter routes off of the route tree, such as slants or quick outs. These receivers are valuable because they can stretch defenses vertically with speed and agility. They can also be effective in deep coverage, as they provide a deep safety net for the quarterback.