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RNG and RTP Slots Explained *

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

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Although slot fans used to find it tough to trust casinos online, stricter legislation has won most of them over. Nowadays, remote casinos like Slotsracer.com have to possess a license from the UK Gambling Commission and use things like Random Number Generators (RNGs) and Return To Player (RTP). But what exactly do we mean by RNGs and RTPs, are RTPs the same online and offline, and when may slots with lower RTPs be more preferable?

RNG Slot Games
An RNG is a microchip that generates random numbers in casino games like slots. RNGs are independently checked and verified by organisations such as eCogra to ensure that every time you push a spin button in a slot, any symbol can show up (and slots cannot be rigged). This makes online slots unpredictable for players, casinos and even slot developers; thus, none of us can really predict when a jackpot or even a progressive jackpot will be won. Nevertheless, by using RNGs, developers can program a machine to pay out a certain percentage over time. Which brings us to the next section...    

RTPs Online Slots
An RTP tells us the odds in a particular slot and is normally measured over 10,000 games. The higher the RTP, the greater chance you have of winning and RTPs are published in percentages. Thus, let’s say a slot has an RTP of 95%. This means that on average, you’ll win back 95% of your money. In other words, the casino holds a 5% advantage over you. Indeed, you can calculate the house edge in any slot by subtracting its RTP from 100%. And since most casinos in cyberspace publish their slots’ RTPs, you shouldn’t play slots at casinos without them.

RTPs: Online Slots v Offline Slots
While slots at both online and offline casinos possess RNGs and RTPs, the figures for RTPs are usually quite different. In fact, in Vegas’s casinos, laws only require slots to have an RTP of 75% or more. The RTP average at online slots is estimated to be about 95%, whereas at offline slots it’s thought to be around 85%.Therefore, the house edge is a lot bigger in offline slots.

When Slots with Lower RTPs May Be Preferable
Of course, an RTP is only one of the factors to consider when playing slots and thus sometimes when faced with a choice between two games, some seasoned players opt for the one with the lower RTP. Why? Well, low volatility slots tend to possess high RTPs and pay out more often. However, victories on these are usually quite small. In contrast, though it’s harder to win on highly volatile slots, when you do triumph, you often take home huge prizes. Thus, it really comes down to this question: do you prefer low odds and small prizes or high odds and big prizes?   

Final Thoughts
We hope that you’ve enjoyed this guide on RNGs and RTPs and why don’t you use your new-found knowledge the next time you’re choosing a slot to play?

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