What Is a Slot?

In the game of football, a receiver is said to be in the slot when his pattern does not extend far down the field. He is positioned between the X and TE, usually in a 2×2 formation, although he can also be between the TE and SB. A good slot can gain 8-15 yards on a reception, but will not break a long gain unless he can make a defender or two miss.

In modern slot machines, manufacturers use microprocessors to weight the probability of a particular symbol appearing on a given reel. This is a way to increase jackpot sizes and prevent players from believing that certain symbols are more likely to appear than others.

A Slot Viewer displays multiple scalar slots and 1×1 table slots in a compact tabular format that allows easy editing. The viewer provides different menu options based on the selected slot. You can select a scalar slot in the viewer by highlighting cells in its row or column header. You can also click the slot’s icon in the Viewer to open a Slot Dialog.

Some types of slots (Scalar with Expression and Series Slot with Periodic Input) have additional configuration options in their respective Slot Dialogs. These slots have a special icon/button in the column heading to indicate their type, as shown in Figure 6.24. You can also dock these slots to the Slot Viewer by dragging the slot icon on the viewer.