Frequently Asked Question about RTP (Return to Players) on video slot machines
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Are there any tricks or tips I can use to make RTP work in my favour?
In short, there are no video slot tricks that will help you manipulate the RTP on any slot. Every spin on a slot is completely random. The upside of this is that you can’t make a mistake or make a wrong decision when it comes to the outcome of the spin. On the other hand, in games like blackjack, if you choose to hit, split, or stand and it is mathematically the wrong move, you can end up reducing the RTP. Luckily for online slot players, slots are incredibly simple to play.
If the RTP is 96%, will I win 96% of my money back?
In theory, yes, but in reality, no. Now that RTP percentage is ‘theoretical RTP’ and achieving exactly a 96% return would be over a long period. If you go on a hot streak, you could end up with a 150% RTP playing a particular slot. Conversely, you can just as easily end up with a 50% RTP. It’s all down to variation and pure luck. It could take 2 years of playing the same slot for the RTP to exactly 96% or you could hit that theoretical average every week with one-week winning and the next losing, and so on.
Is the RTP on a mobile slot the same as on a desktop slot title?
Not anymore. There was a time when the mobile and desktop slots were different versions of the same gameplay – one for desktop and one for mobile. Occasionally, this also meant varying RTPs across mobile and desktop versions. However, today that is no longer the case because mobile slots and desktop slots now use the same technology to deliver the game and outcomes.
Is RTP different on cryptocurrency slots that use Provably Fair algorithms?
If you are playing crypto slots from a well-known provider that uses cross-currency betting interfaces, then the RTP on the virtual currency and real-money versions are the same. For example, Endorphina casino games accept BTC, ETH, LTC, DOGE, USD, UKP, INR, CAD, AUD, CAD, EUR, ZAR, and more currencies. You can see this is a mix of crypto and fiat currency. However, the same slot game will load with the same RTP with the only difference being the currency accepted.
Do online casinos change the RTP on video slots?
No, not really. It is generally the software provider that changes the RTP or offers the casino a version choice. For instance, there could be 84%, 90%, 94%, 96%, or 98% versions of the slot, and the casino chooses the version it wants. In theory, the casino could change the version it wants at request. In most cases, the RTP is displayed in the slot’s paytable or in the help menu. On UKGC casinos, the RTP should be listed, or the support should be able to tell you the RTP, which is part of the licensing.
How do I know a casino’s RTP on its video slots are fair?
Licensing, testing certificates, and payout percentage reports are the key indicators. Under the MGA, UKGC, and Curacao eGaming licenses, casinos must produce an algorithm testing certificate to verify their RNGs (Random Number Generators) are fair and tie in with the game’s RTP. Also, regular payout calculation reports are run on the casinos to check the slots are producing fair results. The best payout calculation report out there today is by eCOGRA. This company makes sure casinos holding an eCOGRA seal of approval all produce a payout percentage report that is publicly accessible through its logo in the footer of the casino.