A slot is a place for something. Typically slots are arranged in sections by denomination, style or brand name and many have a HELP or INFO button that will help you understand the pay tables, play lines and bonus rounds of each machine.
In modern slot machines, a random number generator (RNG) selects the sequence of symbols that appear on the reels. Each symbol is assigned a different probability of appearing on the reels, based on the weighting given to it by the manufacturers. This means that the odds of a particular losing combination occurring are disproportionate to the frequency with which it appears on each physical reel, and this is why some people become frustrated when they see someone else win a jackpot that they think should have been theirs.
The RNG works by generating thousands of mathematical combinations every second. The computer chip in each machine makes this process independent of any previous spins, so the chances of a specific player pressing the button at the exact moment that a certain winning combination occurs are extremely small.
Getting greedy or betting more than you can afford to lose are the 2 biggest mistakes that can turn what should be a fun and relaxing experience into a frustrating one for slot players. The good news is that avoiding these mistakes is as simple as following the tips in this article!