Maximum Possible RTP vs Real RTP of Online Slots

  • 17 January 2023
Maximum Possible RTP vs Real RTP of Online Slots

Some slots include a variable return to player (RTP), so, for instance, during the standard game, RTP is equal to X, but if you utilize the buy bonus option, it becomes Y. (usually a bit better to incentivize you to do so).

The topic of the piece is not going to be this. In this post, we'll talk about a scenario in which an online casino has the discretion to request various RTP values. In other words, there will be instances where the RTP at online casino A is equal to X and the RTP at online casino B is equal to Y. Most importantly, I'm not referring to minute percent fractures. I'm referring to numbers like 96% and 87%, for instance.

How it is even possible to set different RTP levels

Actually, it's quite easy to accomplish this. Casino games are not produced by online casinos themselves. Instead, they lease it from slot machine manufacturers. Since they designed the games, slot developers are generally free to do whatever they want, including manipulating the RTP. 

It's important to note that you must create the game this way from the start in order to be able to specify multiple RTP levels. So to speak, only a very small percentage of software vendors use such tactics (for example, quite popular Playngo have RTP at 5 different levels).

Then, all an online casino needs to do is ask a slot manufacturer for a specific RTP level for their location. At the same time, a lot of casino goers think that these slots have decent RTP while, in reality, no one really understands what RTP is (apart from casinos, obviously).

Why some software providers implement different RTP levels

It must not take a genius to understand why they are doing it, I suppose. This is nothing more than a trick, albeit I don't think the name "trick" is appropriate. This dubious practice is best described as "fraud." These casinos deceive their patrons by having them believe in fictitious RTP in order to maximize profits.

Casino patrons who engage in such online slot machine gaming are unaware that the game is essentially rigged. "Rigged" is not an exaggeration because there is a significant difference between playing at an online slot with a 97% or 94% RTP. It is not only 3% worse, as some of you might initially assume. Such a game would be ten times worse because the house edge in a 97% RTP slot is 3%, whereas it is 6% in a 94% RTP slot.

As a result, you will lose money in such a slot machine twice as fast while having half as much fun and a third of the chances to win large. Without mentioning circumstances where the difference is significantly greater (for example, 96% vs. 87%), this 3% is therefore a significant amount.

Financial incentives of slot studios to implement changeable RTP in more detail

As I previously indicated, third firms that develop these games give all of the slots you may find at online casinos to casinos. In the casino sector, we refer to them as software suppliers.

Casinos compensate software vendors for their services based on the amount of money you lose at a certain slot machine (usually between 10% and 15%). Therefore, software vendors make more money the more money you lose. They are therefore the main winners of this arrangement, not just the casinos.