Brit a gambling machine that pays out when certain combinations of diagrams, usually of fruit, are displayed.
The pub was charming, clean and rather bare, with not a fruit machine in sight.--The Awakened Heart
Our last word of the day 'pools' also dealt with gambling but this one seems to just mean a specific kind of slots. I don't really play the slots but find a weird sort of delight at the phrase, 'We've got the loosest slots in town.' It sounds like something a dose of Kaopectate would clear up.
Anyway, if they sound anything like the slots at the Las Vegas airport, I can see how they'd cast a damper on romance.