What is RTP? (Return to Player)

chalk board

The Return to Player (RTP) is a figure that you should always be aware of when playing an online slot. This tells you the average payment that will be made to a player of the slot.

For example, a game that has a 95% RTP means that on average, it will pay out £95 for every £100 that you play on that particular slot. The keyword here is ‘average.’ That figure of £95 won’t be the amount that is returned on each and every £100 staked, but it will be the average.

Checking that figure is correct isn’t the easiest task unless you are very good at keeping records. That figure is based on all the bets that players have made on a game, not just one particular player. It’s also worked out on as many as 100,000 spins and that is a lot to count!

If the RTP for the slot you are playing is 95%, you may well have times when your RTP is higher than that figure and other times when it is lower. That ties in with the unpredictability of online slot machines.

A further complication is that sometimes to achieve the stated RTP you may have to be playing at the maximum bet. Some slots offer players the chance to play a set number of spins where the RTP will be higher than normal, even with guaranteed wins for each of those spins. This will come at a cost though and a certain payment will have to be made to activate that feature. Again, it is important you keep an eye on your budget.

Casino House Edge 

slots with high rtpThe higher the RTP, the lower the house edge. Online slots generally have a higher RTP than those you will be playing down at your local slots haunt. Some of those can see the RTP down to 85%.

There is no law in place in the UK that sets a minimum RTP. If it were too low though it’d be unlikely players would be queuing up to play. The majority of online slots that you will play will have an RTP of between 94 and 96%. If they creep above that figure, then that is a high payout slot. Those games that do have a lower RTP, perhaps below 90% tend to be ones that have progressive jackpots. These can be six-figure sums but are very difficult to win.

Making the RTP of games known is important. Online casinos that hold UK Gambling Commission licenses (and want to keep them) have to make the RTP easily accessible. The more transparent that gaming can be, the better. Reading reviews of online slot games is always helpful and the RTP usually forms part of the information provided.

If the designer of the game were to give inaccurate figures, they could find themselves in hot water with Gambling Commissions. People will find it hard to trust them and in this highly competitive industry, trust is a very valuable commodity. See our ultimate guide to online slots for more juicy info.

Which Slots Have The Highest RTP?

Game

RTP

5 Reel Drive 96.95%
Big Top 96.94%
Carnival 96.94%
Immortal Romance 96.86%
Scrooge 96.74%
Thunderstruck II 96.65%
Age of Discovery 96.62%
Stardust 96.59%
Arctic Fortune 96.58%
108 Heroes 96.56%

Other UK Slots With High RTP

When you play an online slot, it is important to look at the Return to Player (RTP) that the game has. For example, if the RTP was 95%, then this suggests that for every £100 wagered, you would get £95 back. It’s only an average so it can be higher and lower.

The trend seems to be that the games that offer very high RTPs do so at a cost. When playing the base game, the RTP is good but to get up to one of as high as 99%, an increased stake or betting at the maximum level is required. Let’s look at UK Slots that have the highest RTPs.

Goblin’s Cave (99.32% RTP)

The RTP with this game is 99.32%, so just a 0.68% house edge or is there? Reading the rules of a UK online slot is important. Doing so with this game will inform you that the 99.32% RTP only comes into play when betting at the maximum amount. As with other games on this list, you need to make a decision between staying at the regular RTP or spending a bit more to get the higher one.

Ugga Bugga (99% RTP)

This is another online slot that has an RTP of over 99%. Only just though as it’s 99.07% and the jackpot here is 1000x the bet that has been placed on that spin. The RTP sounds good but this is a low variance game. That means the wins that do come along tend to be of the lower variety. They do keep your account balance ticking over though.

Ocean Princess (99.7% RTP)

The RTP here is also 99.07% but again you have to be playing at the maximum bet for you to receive that figure. This mermaid themed game only has three reels compared to the five that most UK online slots have these days. High rollers can win as much as 1000x their stake if getting three Crown Wilds on an activated pay line.

Ooh Aah Dracula (up to 99% return to player)

This vampire has many online slots dedicated to him. Thankfully, they can be played during the day as well as the night. It’s RTP is 96% for the base game but rises to 99% if you enable the Big Bet Mode.  Do be careful with your budget though as the spins with the higher RTP can cost as much as 30x your stake (not a word to mention when Dracula is around) but could get you into the lucrative Graveyard Bonus.

Jackpot 6000 (98.9% return to player)

The RTP here is just under the 99% mark at 98.9%. It’s another three-reel game, perhaps slot designers feel that they have to offer a higher RTP to attract players to them. If you want the higher RTP, again you need to be betting at the maximum level. If not, then there’s a very low RTP below 80%, so one for those with a big budget to get that high RTP in the Supermeter.

See our ultimate slots guide for more insider knowledge!