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There is no Platonic ideal of a slot machine, but certain principles underlie most games. There is a vague aesthetic uniformity: colors tend toward primary or pastel, franchise tie-ins are ubiquitous, and the soundtrack is typically in a major key. There is also a mathematical uniformity: the odds of hitting a particular symbol on a given reel are proportional to its frequency on that reel, and there are only 22 possible symbols, which limit jackpot sizes.

Slot games are designed to be addictive, so if you are concerned about becoming addicted, please speak with your physician or a therapist and try playing responsibly. Set daily loss limits and avoid playing when you are feeling down. In addition, we encourage you to visit our responsible gambling page for tips and advice.

In a computer, a slot is an opening into which you can insert a printed circuit board, which expands the capabilities of the system. A slot may refer to an ISA, PCI or AGP (accelerated graphics port) slot, or it could be the site where a disk drive is installed.