If you love playing games of chance, chances are you love playing games at online casinos. And what is there that’s not worth loving? The absolute thrill of risking it all for the sake of winning alone is one of the major attractions of casino games.
If you are familiar with online casinos and casino games, you’ve probably noticed the return to player (or RTP) of each game indicated on the site. While a lot of experienced gamblers select their games based on the RTP, some are not exactly sure what RTP is, and how it can influence their gaming experience and winnings.
As professional game developers, we have to incorporate the RTP when developing our games. Therefore, we have a pretty good understanding of the mechanics of RTP, what it is and how it is calculated.
We’ve come up with this handy guide that will fill you in on all the details you need to take note of regarding RTP. Let’s get started.
RTP or return to player is a percentage that reflects how much of the amount gamers bet on a specific game they will win during their gameplay. It is important to note that games that reflect a higher RTP will give more opportunities to win the longer you play.
You probably also notice that each game, including table games and slot games, have their own designated RTP displayed. There is also an overall RTP displayed on each online casino site. The latter is the average RTP of all the games the casino has to offer.
How RTP Works
RTP is a calculated estimation and does not display your chances of hitting the jackpot or chances of losing. In the simplest of terms, RTP can be described as the opposite of the casino house edge.
Let’s say you wish to play a slot game where the house edge sits at about 6%. That would indicate an RTP of around 94%. You’ll very seldom see RTPs that is higher than 97%, but you do come across them sometimes.
If the RTP is over 100% you’ll know that your chances of winning are pretty big. Games with RTPs of less than 94% are however considered to be less rewarding than those with a higher RTP percentage. The golden rule to keep in mind is the fact that the house always wins.
While RTP is a pretty good indication of payout possibilities, it should not be the only thing taken into consideration when choosing a casino game to play. Let’s see how RTP is calculated.
How RTP is Calculated
The RTP calculation is fairly simple, where the total amount of winnings or returns is divided by the total amount betted. This is usually based on a period of a month where the total amount returned refers to the total amount of each bet per player and round.
The amount returned to the player refers to the total amount won by a player in a single round.
It is important to note that table games’ RTP is not based on the total amount the player bet, but rather on the total amount the player won.
RTP and Transparency
While RTP is not a definite way of knowing whether or not you will win, it can help you in finding casinos and games that are fair. You should also be aware of the fact that the RTP does not explicitly show how many times you will win.
You can, for example, come across a game with infrequent payouts but handsome amounts. On the other hand, you can come across a slot game where you win frequently, but the payout is pretty low. In this example, the RTP for both games would be the same.
Games of Chance
While RTP can be a good indication of your chances of winning at a specific game as well as the casino’s house edge, it should not be the deciding factor in your gaming choices. It is important to keep in mind that casino games are games of chance.
Casinos and game developers have to implement random number generators (RNGs) to ensure all the games are fair, and that outcomes are based on chance and chance alone.