A slot is a virtual line on the reels that is activated when you get a certain number of matching symbols. The symbols may be a specific type, such as a cherry, or they could be a combination of several symbols.

Symbols in a slot typically have a value, which is the amount that you win if you get a specific number of matching symbols on an active payline. Some symbols also have a bonus effect, such as the Wild, which substitutes for other symbols to create a winning combination.

When you play a slot, you can bet a minimum or maximum amount, depending on the machine’s pay table. Usually, you can bet up to five coins on a standard slot machine, though some machines allow you to bet as little as one coin.

Some advanced slots have a scatter symbol that doesn’t require you to bet on an active payline to trigger a win. These symbols also act as a multiplier and may trigger other special features.

The time it takes a slot to complete a spin is called the “time of spin” (TOS). If you’re playing a machine with a short TOS, you can speed up the process by stopping it by yourself.

When you create a slot, you can choose between existing custom slot types or built-in slot types. You can also create a new list, regex, or dynamic slot type.