Which Casinos have the Best Slot Machine Payouts or Payback Percentages?

Which slot machines payout the most?  Which slot machine has the best payback?  How do I find out the best payouts for slot machines?

Click Here to get the best slot machine payout percentages!

I get asked these questions all the time, so I decided to do something about it and find some answers.

The questions every slot machine player should be asking before they choose their casino to play at is, “What slot machines have the best payback percentage and what casinos offer the highest payback slot machines?”  Usually, if a slot machine has the highest payback percentage, then it is also the best slot machine to play in the casino.

Slot Machines

What a payback percentage means is for every dollar a casino takes in on their slot machine, it is the percentage of that money that they payback to the customer.


Casino X takes in $100,000 in revenue from their $1 slot machines in May, 2010.

 Casino X pays out $90,000 to players playing $1 slot machines in May, 2010.

Casino X has a 90% payback rate in May, 2010.

Video poker players have it easy, all they have to do is look at the paytable on the machine and they can figure out the best payback percentage.

Slot machines aren’t that easy.  There is no way to tell by just looking at the machine.  Every casino tells the manufacturer what percentage payback they want each slot machine set at, and it isn’t posted on the machine.  So what do you do?

Well, this is where I come in.  Casinos across the country have to report each month to their gaming commission or gaming board their “numbers.”  States can be different, but in general they report how much money they’ve taken in and how much they’ve paid back.  From that you can get their payback percentage.

I’ve taken all this data and broken it down by state, casino, and denomination, and I’ve recorded it all on my author website.

Here’s an example of some actual numbers for April, 2012.

Atlantic City:

50-Cent Slots:

     1.  Harrah’s 98.2%

     2.  Tropicana 95.2%

     3.  Trump Plaza 95.1%

WORST: Showboat 86.2%

That’s a HUGE difference.  If you were playing the 50-Cent slot machines at Harrah’s instead of Showboat you had a MUCH better chance of winning.

I took on the tedious task of recording all of the slot machine information that is available from throughout the country and put it into charts just like the example above, broken down by each state.

All the information is updated on a monthly basis.

You can check out all the details on my author site just Click Here.

About Greg Elder

I was 37 years old, a husband and father, a former teacher, college and high school basketball coach, and a business owner, I decided to give it all up (Not the husband and father part) to take a shot at pro gambling. I was coming off a job I hated selling insurance, and I vowed to do something I was passionate about. For the next year I would spend 12-15 hours a day researching, studying, and practicing advantage gambling techniques. The goal was to see if I could sustain our current lifestyle as a professional gambler. I wanted to find out if casinos really could be beat. At the time, I thought it may be the biggest mistake of my life, but my intentions were to have fun trying. It has been an interesting few years since that journey began. My feature book GAMBLERS FIGHT BACK has been released and can be purchased on my author site at www.GREGELDERAUTHOR.com I would consider my pro gambling career to be a success on all fronts. I didn't win millions of dollars, but I was able to enjoy every minute of it. It brought an excitement and passion back into my professional life. It has helped lead me to a writing career that I had no idea I even wanted before this challenge. I was able to write a book that shared with others exactly what I learned along the way.. Gambling professionally is not easy, but there are certain things the average gambler can do to increase their chances of success tremendously. That's the information I try to pass along to my readers.

2 Responses to “Which Casinos have the Best Slot Machine Payouts or Payback Percentages?”

  1. It depends. Some have a significant difference in payback especially in denomination. One casino could have the worst paying nickel machines at 85% and the best paying $1 machines at 94%. That’s a HUGE difference. The problem with personal experience is it is a small sample size. Even though you won one time, it still could be a terrible 85% payback machine and your odds aren’t very likely you’ll win again. Thanks for the comment.

  2. You’re right about people not caring. Most don’t. That’s fine if you have the money and don’t mind giving it away. I refuse to hand it over easily, I’ve worked to hard for it.

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