Understanding Return to Player
Most casino players are familiar with house edge — the mathematical advantage the casino has over the player. House edge is how the casino makes its money, and you can loosely think of Return to Player as the inverse.
Essentially, RTP is a measurement of how much a slot pays out over time compared to how much is wagered by players. It’s expressed as a percentage. Say you’re playing a slot with 95% RTP. That means for every £100 staked on the game, it’s designed to return £95 as winnings to players, on average over the long term.
Let’s look at another example — the ever-popular Starburst from NetEnt. This game has an RTP of 96.1%. Imagine a group of ten players each wagered £100 during their session, so £1,000 between them in total.
Theoretically, around £961 would be paid back out as winnings. But that doesn’t mean each of those ten players will get a cut. In fact, they might not win anything at all and that £961 could be won by someone else later down the line.
Nonetheless, slots with higher RTPs pay out more to players over the long run, so they’re often sought by players seeking the best value for money. To get the full picture of a slot’s payouts, it’s also important to consider its volatility — we’ll be covering that further down the page.
It’s important to remember RTP is never a guarantee you’ll win when playing slots. RTP is calculated based on millions and millions of spins, and the numbers won’t bear out during a regular play session. Instead, RTP is used by software providers to ensure their games are functioning correctly and fairly, in accordance with UKGC requirements.