Return to Player or RTP reflects the expected return to player in percentage of bet returned as winnings. If a game has a 96.1% RTP — and that’s about average for online video pokies these days – on 1000 coins bet over time, the punter can expect to get 961 coins back.
On any given spin, or any given day, your results may be much better or much worse. There’s a reason it’s called gambling.
RTP is usually used for pokies, while house edge (HE) is more often applied to table games. HE refers to the advantage of the casino and is the complement of RTP: 100% – RTP = HE.
Game makers usually don’t often publicise the RTP, unless it is very high, though you can usually find this info somewhere deep in the T&C or other documents. But an easier way is to search “RTP” with the pokie’s name and find the number you’re looking for.
Some game makers allow casinos to adjust RTP to their liking, so keep that in mind.
Or you can just check out the following list of pokies with 98% + RTP. Make sure to play them at vetted casinos.
Goblin’s Cave from Playtech. Playtech isn’t really known for frequent paying slots – in fact, its most famous for high volatility games. But this little gem has the highest RTP we’ve come across at a lofty 99.32%. The graphics here will not wow you but the returns may. There are just 3 reels and 3 pay lines. You need to play at max coins of 5 to get the top RTP.
Playtech also snags second place at 99.07% RTP with Ugga Bugga, featuring 3 reels and 10 pay lines. There’s a wild and a scatter in the somewhat dubious tribal theme. It may not be politically correct, but the returns may justify any offense caused to your sensibilities.
MegaJoker from NetEnt, also reaches the 99% zone. Not only that, the 3-reel, 5-line classic pokie has a mystery jackpot which produces five-figure winners every few days. Supermeter mode allows wins of up to 2000 coins, but you can only win the jackpot in basic mode.
Jackpot 6000, also from NetEnt is also a fruit machine coming in a close second at 98.86%. This 3-reel 5-line pokie also features basic and Supermeter modes. There’s also a heads or tails double or nothing option.
1429 Uncharted Seas from Thunderkick breezes in with a 98.63% RTP. 5-reel, 25-payline pokie features a maritime theme symbols like ships, sun and moon, mermaids, and more.
Give a rub on Aladdin’s Lamp from Cryptlogic with a 98% RTP. The pokie has 5 reels and 5 paylines, paying from leftmost to right, and rightmost to left. There are no wilds here. But 2 or more adjacent genies will trigger a bonus feature where you can pick from 5 lamps and hope that your wish for a big win is granted.
Another 98% RTP classic pokie from Cryptlogic is Reel in the Cash, a 5-reel, 5-line pokie with a fishing theme. Spin your reels and hope to land a big one. Don’t cry about the one which got away.
Jokerizer from Yggdrasil is good for a laugh with a 98% RTP. This 5-reel, 10-line pokie has the usual fruit symbols but also features a Joker Mystery Win. Land 3 jokers on reels 2,3, and 4 in to win up to 6000 coins. In the Jokerizer bonus feature you pay 20 credits off recent winning, but you have a shot at winning far more.
Blood Suckers from NetEnt is also a 98% RTP pokie with a vampire theme which has earned eternal popularity for its 5-reel, 25 payline play. The low volatility game has a couple of bonus features which trigger often. The big wins are few and far between, but you can count on this game to give you hours of entertainment without, ahem, bleeding you dry.
So if you’re out for some easygoing fun, then make sure you give these pokies a shot!