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Understanding RTP and Why It Matters at an Online Casino

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If you’ve spent even a minute playing slots at an online casino, you’ve undoubtedly come across something called RTP, which stands for Return to Player. This is almost always shown as a percentage, and it’s important for you to know exactly what it means. If you value your money and your time, you’d do well to read this quick article that explains what RTP is, breaks down slot volatility and shows how you should consider RTP when playing slots at an online casino.

What Is RTP?

The meaning of RTP is right there in the words themselves—return to player. RTP simply denotes how much of their money, on average, a player can expect returned to them given enough time. The idea of RTP and its meaning has been discussed by industry experts, such as Paygamble author Kevin Flynn, but this article is here to help if you are still having trouble understanding RTP. Take the following for example, a slot with an RTP of 97% means that if you bet $100, on average, you will get $97 back.

Now, that’s not to say that every spin will return less money than you wagered. Remember, this is on average. You can still hit the jackpot and win big, walking away with more than you put in and beating the RTP. Once you know that RTP is measured over ten or even a hundred thousand plays, you’ll realize that short-term play won’t always reflect a game’s RTP. RTP is the reason why the iGaming industry sees stunning revenue year after year, and knowing what it is can help you take a chunk of that back.

Looking at Volatility

While on the topic of RTP, you should also know how to identify slots with high and low volatility. Volatility refers to how often a slot machine pays out. Typically, a slot machine with lots of lines and different ways to win has low volatility. Your chances of winning are bigger, but the payouts are often smaller. On the other hand, slots with higher volatility tend to have fewer reels and fewer lines. You won’t win often, but when you do, the payout will be bigger than on a 5-reel slot with thousands of ways to win.

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Considering RTP When Looking at Slots and Other Casino Games

RTP isn’t just found on slots; just about every casino game uses RTP as a metric, and it can often be found directly on the site itself or the site of the software provider. While RTP should be the main thing you consider, don’t forget volatility. A combination of volatility and RTP can give you greater insight into whether or not a game is worth playing.

  • Low Volatility High RTP – Slots with multiple reels, progressives, minigames and more ways to win often have a higher RTP since players are winning more often.
  • High Volatility Low RTP – You’ll find that traditional slots tend to have higher volatility but a lower RTP since players are winning less often. With fewer lines and reels, there are fewer ways to win.
  • The Best Combination – A slot with low volatility and high RTP is ideal, as this means that you will be winning more often and losing less money in the long run compared to alternative games.

Most online casinos don’t have games with an RTP lower than 90%, but not every casino or software provider publishes their RTP statistics. You may want to avoid those casinos and games, as you will have no idea what to expect from the game and what the average return should be. Likewise, you’ll quickly find that the games included in bonuses for free spins tend to have high volatility and low RTP. This can easily change your opinion on what would have otherwise seemed like a great bonus.

House Edge vs. RTP

You may have heard the term ‘house edge‘ at casinos too, but you shouldn’t confuse it with RTP. Whereas RTP is the percentage of money returned to a player on average over time, the house edge is the odds of a game ending in the casino’s favor. When you hear house edge, you should think about games like roulette, blackjack, baccarat and sic bo. These games are all in favor of the house, with blackjack having the smallest advantage, making it a popular game for players.

With perfect strategy, you’ll win about 49.5% of the time on average in blackjack. This edge can vary from online casino to online casino, as the rules may be different. Some casinos add a triple zero to roulette, further increasing the odds of players losing. Always double-check what the house edge is and make sure that it is in line with your expectations.

Wrap Up

In short, understanding RTP is the key to succeeding in a house where the cards are stacked against you. By knowing how much is returned on average and looking at volatility, you can avoid games that are almost scams and keep more money in your wallet. Just remember that RTP is based on an average, so you aren’t technically going to walk away from every session with less money than you put in. There is always the chance that you can get lucky and hit the progressive or line up high-paying symbols. Whichever game you decide to play, do it responsibly and have fun.

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Fast Track Secures Landmark Deal with Suprema Group – Setting a New Standard in the Brazilian iGaming Market

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Fast Track, the industry leader in CRM solutions for the iGaming sector, is thrilled to announce a groundbreaking partnership with Suprema Group, one of Brazil’s largest and most influential operators. This deal solidifies Fast Track’s position as the dominant force in the Brazilian iGaming market.

Suprema Group, renowned for its extensive portfolio of brands, will leverage Fast Track’s cutting-edge CRM platform to enhance its operational efficiency and player engagement. Suprema collaborates with BetConstruct, empowering multiple brands in Brazil with premier online casino and sports betting experiences. As the holder of licences and a key stakeholder in all these brands, Suprema’s decision to partner with Fast Track is a testament to the platform’s unrivalled capabilities and industry-leading solutions.

By integrating Fast Track’s powerful CRM platform, Suprema intends to revolutionise its player engagement strategies, guaranteeing personalised, real-time experiences for the many monthly active users across all its brands.

“We are ecstatic to join forces with Suprema Group,” said Simon Lidzén, Co-Founder and CEO of Fast Track. “Suprema shares a commitment to innovation and excellence in the iGaming industry. We are honoured to support their vision and look forward to a successful collaboration that will benefit their extensive portfolio of brands.”

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Suprema Group’s COO, Rodrigo Teixeira, recognizes the unparalleled value that Fast Track brings to their operations. With our comprehensive suite of automation, real-time data integration, and AI-driven personalization, Suprema will be well-equipped to handle the complexities of its multi-brand environment. This collaboration will address key operational challenges, such as price scalability for smaller brands and streamline CRM strategies, ultimately driving growth and efficiency.

Fast Track’s robust platform will support Suprema’s ambitious goals, including the onboarding of all brands and the seamless integration of casino and sports verticals.

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Light & Wonder Expands Presence in Oregon with Additional Placements of KASCADA Dual Screen Multi-Games

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Light & Wonder Inc. announced that the Oregon Lottery has purchased more than 1200 additional Video Lottery Terminals (VLT). This comes less than a year after the Oregon Lottery purchased 1175 VLTs following the successful trial phase in the state.

The gaming machines will house diverse player-favorite games such as BLAZING HOT CELEBRATIONS, LIGHTNING TUSKS, AMERICAN ORIGINAL, BIER HAUS, AMERICAN ORIGINAL STARS & BARS, QUICK HIT MONEY WHEEL, TREASURE FRUITS, FLUSH FRENZY Poker, and more.

“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with the Oregon Lottery and to provide their players with our state-of-the-art KASCADA Dual Screen Multi-Games. The additional placement of over 1,200 VLTs is a testament to the success and popularity of our games in the region. We are committed to delivering innovative and engaging gaming experiences that enhance player enjoyment and drive growth for our customers,” said Niaz Nejad, Managing Director – Americas, Gaming at Light & Wonder.

“We’re excited to continue our partnership in bringing Light & Wonder’s popular games and product expertise to our Video Lottery players. They consistently use our feedback to deliver quality products that benefit our team and customers,” said Sar Richards, Oregon Lottery’s Manager of Video Gaming Products.

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White House National Security Official Confirmed as Keynote Speaker for BSA/AML Gaming Conference in Las Vegas

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The BSA-AML Compliance Group announced that Carole House, White House National Security Council (NSC) Special Advisor for Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure, will deliver a keynote address at the Annual BSA-AML Gaming Conference on Thursday, August 15, at Caesars Palace Las Vegas.

Carole House brings a wealth of experience in cybersecurity, digital innovation, and financial crime prevention to the conference. Her background includes roles as an Executive in Residence at Terranet Ventures Inc., a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, and Chair of the Technology Advisory Committee to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). House previously served at the NSC as the Director for Cybersecurity and Secure Digital Innovation and at the U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), where she led cybersecurity, virtual currency, and emerging technology policy efforts.

“We are thrilled to welcome Carole House as a keynote speaker at this year’s conference. Her extensive experience in cybersecurity, digital innovation, and financial crime prevention will provide invaluable insights to our attendees, especially as the gaming industry continues to navigate the complex landscape of emerging technologies and associated risks,” said Brian Lopez, Co-Founder of the BSA-AML Compliance Group.

House’s military background as a former Army Captain, including a deployment to Afghanistan, adds a unique perspective to her expertise in national security and critical infrastructure protection.

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The annual BSA/AML Gaming Conference is the largest and most comprehensive anti-money laundering compliance conference in North America dedicated to the gaming industry. Last year, individuals from forty-one states plus Puerto Rico, four foreign countries, and over a hundred tribal gaming properties attended the conference.

Other keynote speakers this year include Brian Nelson, Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence at the U.S. Department of the Treasury; James Barnacle, Deputy Assistant Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and Guy Ficco, Chief of IRS-Criminal Investigation Division. The conference will feature leading experts in anti-money laundering compliance in the gaming industry, including government officials, regulators, and industry professionals. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the latest developments in money laundering prevention, emerging illicit finance typologies, fraud, and cyber threats to casinos.

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