Are Slot Games Rigged or Swayed towards the House Edge?
At some point while you’ve been playing slots either online or at a land-based casino, you may have doubted, whether the game that you played was fair and if the game possibility was biased or manipulated in order to retain players funds. I’ve thought this so many times, honestly speaking mainly when I’ve started losing my funds 😄.
In the long-term the house always wins, we all heard this, but before you try your luck at any online slot, make sure you know the following:
Truth be told, casinos will always have implemented T&C’s that protect themselves from bonus hunters and illegal activities such as money laundering and in order to clearly state the rules that a player must adhere to whilst playing at the casino. The T&C’s that a casino has in place are scrutinised by compliance teams to ensure that they meet the standards that are specific to their jurisdiction.
Each jurisdiction will have precise laws that will enforce an upper and lower limit on the RTP (Return to Player) for slot machines and casinos must stick to the laws and regulations surrounding gambling in their country or they could face losing their casino license.
Casinos are designed with a mathematical intention to have a slight edge in front of the player, otherwise they would be unable to make a profit and would therefore have to cease their existence. The house edge is applicable to every slot game, lotto and table game whether it be in a land-based casino or online casino and it is usually set between 2%-10% with the latter being for online slot games.
The house edge determines what a slot game is likely to pay out on average during its presence. On the other hand, the RTP on a slot game states the potential payout percentage to players if they win. For example, for every £/$/€100 wagered on a game that has an RTP of 95.21%, players can potentially get back £/$/€95.21. It is vital to remember that this does not mean that every player will win this amount back every time they play. The RTP is supposed to be a measure of the fairness of a game that is in place long term.
Game providers such as Betsoft can provide good RTP slots ranging from 96.53% to 97.79%. Some of these slots are not too popular, but they can deliver decent winning combinations and features.
For instance, Good Girl Bad Girl has an RTP from 97.79 to 98%, this slot can provide engagement for players in terms of bonus features. While trying to keep up in the battle between good and bad girls in a 5 reel with 15 ways to win with symbols such as halos, pitchforks, cats, and the angel and devil characters (As shown on the video below).
Moving forward, casinos use RNG (Random Number Generators) alongside their slot games to ensure that the games are fair. The RNG is set up to produce completely unique spin combinations on every individual spin. That way players can be assured that the casino they are playing at is legitimate and is not just trying to scam them out of their money. On top of RNG a lot of casinos have their games audited by third-party companies such as eCogra so that they can be tested to make sure they are random and that they don’t have jackpots that are never going to be won.
To conclude, something to bear in mind is that there is no definite answer as to which slot games have the best odds to pay out. Furthermore, there is no guarantee that a player will win, as the winning ratio in every slot game is randomly programmed. Casinos will always have a limit as to how much they payout to players otherwise they would not be able to continue business.
Having said that, casino operators are aware that their house edge and RTP need to appeal to players or else they are likely to take their money and play at another casino instead.
Don’t forget, luck plays a big part in playing slot machines since they cannot be beaten, but this doesn’t mean it is impossible to win, just remember to manage your bank balance correctly, play for entertainment but never chase your losses!