The term “slot” is used to describe the narrow opening on a computer motherboard that holds an expansion card. These slots are usually for expansion cards like ISA, PCI and AGP but can also hold memory. In the world of online gambling, slots are also used to describe a certain type of game.
When playing a slot game, it never ceases to amaze us how many players dive straight in without even looking at the pay table. A pay table is an invaluable piece of information that tells you everything you need to know about the symbols, payouts and bonus features in a game. It can even help you understand the nuances of side bets and other wagering options that may be available, especially when playing online.
A pay table will normally include a picture of each symbol alongside their value, as well as how much you can win for landing (typically) 3, 4, or 5 of them on a payline. It will also typically provide the rules for any special symbols such as wilds and scatters, as well as any bonus features that the game has to offer.
Lastly, the pay table will also explain any other rules that may be relevant to the game, such as the minimum and maximum wins. This can be useful in determining the best times to start and stop gambling, particularly if a game hasn’t produced any wins for several spins.