7 Tips for Finding the Highest Paying Online Casino Games

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Highest Paying Casino Games

The online gaming industry features thousands of games. You can especially look forward to a wide variety of online slots.

All of this variety is certainly good for entertainment purposes. You’ll be hard-pressed to get bored when you can enjoy so many different games.

On the other hand, this variety creates difficulties in finding the highest-paying casino games. You may find this aspect bothersome when you’re searching for the best chances to win money.

The following guide covers seven tips that’ll help you locate the top-paying online casino games.

1 – Focus on Blackjack and Video Poker

Real money blackjack and video poker are typically the highest-paying games available in online casinos. However, you can’t just choose any random game.

Video poker and blackjack both offer a large range of variations. The variants differ based on their rules and/or payouts.

Bonus Poker, for example, offers a different pay structure than Jacks or Better. It delivers multiple bonus payouts for certain four of a kind hands. Jacks or Better, meanwhile, only offers a flat payout for all four of a kinds.

9/6 Jacks or Better—meaning nine coins for a full house and six coins for a flush—delivers 99.54% RTP with perfect strategy.

Even better-paying video poker games exist than this, though. RealTime Gaming’s Aces and Eights and Microgaming’s All Aces, for instance, are two of the highest-paying online variations. They deliver 99.78% and 99.92% RTP, respectively, with perfect strategy.

Blackjack, meanwhile, can feature different rules on various tables. A 3:2 payout for natural blackjacks, for example, raises the RTP by 1.4% versus 6:5 payouts. With the right mixture of rules, you could be looking forward to anywhere from 99.5% to 99.8% payback.

Of course, not all blackjack and video poker variations pay as well as what’s discussed here. But you have a better chance of finding high-paying games if you focus on these two categories.

2 – Know Which Variations Pay the Most

Maybe you’re not interested in blackjack or video poker. Instead, you may enjoy roulette, craps, or any other number of games.

Your favorite casino game may not be the one that offers the best payback. Nevertheless, you should at least ensure that you’re choosing variations and/or bets that deliver the best RTP.

Roulette, for example, features three variations in American, European, and French roulette. The French version offers the highest RTP at 98.65%. Therefore, you should look for French Roulette and play it whenever possible.

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With craps, the specific bets you make have the largest impact on payback. Pass line and don’t pass line offer the highest payout percentages at 98.59% and 98.64%. You can do even better than this, though, when backing bets with odds.

Sic bo is yet another game where the RTP varies based on the specific wagers. Big and small both offer the highest payback at 97.22%.

3 – Search for the Highest Paying Online Casinos Overall

During your research, you may stumble upon one or more lists for the best-paying online casinos. These payout percentages refer to the average of most/all of a mobile casino’s games.

For example, one gaming site might top the list with 98.22% overall payback. The second-place casino on the list, meanwhile, could feature 98.08% RTP.

Of course, these overall payout percentages don’t feature any information on specific games. They do, however, provide a good indication of which casinos offer a large amount of high-paying games.

You can use these gaming sites as a nice starting point. After visiting them, you might begin looking through their game selection for high RTP.

Some mobile casinos make this process really easy with a handy “RTP” filter in their game section. You can use this filter to quickly sort games from highest to lowest payback. Even if no such option is available, the best-paying casinos still provide a better chance of finding solid RTP in one spot.

4 – Check Which Games Qualify for Bonuses

Not everything to do with online casino winnings revolves around the actual games. Bonuses and other promotions also play a role in how much money you make.

However, not all games qualify for bonuses. Mobile casinos restrict some of the highest-paying games from counting towards wagering requirements (also known as “playthrough”).

In other cases, they may simply reduce the percentage that these games offer towards play through (e.g. from 100% to 20%). In such cases, you’ll have to wager more with these games to satisfy wagering requirements.

Reduced contributions towards play through can sometimes make a lower-paying game more valuable. Here’s an example on when this is the case:

Example #1

  • You qualify for a bonus worth $100.
  • Playthrough is normally 50x, but blackjack wagers only contribute 20%.
  • 50 / 0.2 = 250x playthrough
  • 250 x 100 = $25,000 must be wagered
  • You play an online blackjack game with 99.4% RTP.
  • 25,000 x 0.994 = $24,850 in theoretical winnings
  • 24,850 + 100 = $24,950 in total theoretical winnings
  • 25,000 – 24,950 = $50 in theoretical losses

Example #2

  • You qualify for a bonus worth $100.
  • Slots play through is 50x.
  • 50 x 100 = $5,000 must be wagered
  • You play an online slot with 97.2% RTP.
  • 5,000 x 0.972 = $4,860 in theoretical winnings
  • 4,860 + 100 = $4,960 in total theoretical winnings
  • 5,000 – 4,960 = $40 in theoretical losses

Ideally, you’ll choose a casino site that allows most of its high-paying games to contribute 100% towards wagering requirements. If not, you might seek out a gaming site with friendlier bonus terms and conditions.

5 – Scour the Game Selection at Your Favorite Casino

If you already have a favorite gaming site, then you may not feel like casino hopping just to find high RTP. In this case, you should scour the selection at your preferred casino(s) to see which of their games pay well.

Of course, some sites feature hundreds or even thousands of casino games. In this case, you might begin your search by focusing on a specific niche.

If you like slots, for example, then this is a great place to begin searching. Assuming you enjoy roulette and/or blackjack, you should check out all available variations of these games.

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Upon opening a game, you can visit the info section and look for the RTP. Most developers these days provide a payback figure within the info screen.

You most likely won’t have time to go through every game—at least not within one sitting. But you should have time to go through plenty of games within your favorite categories (e.g. blackjack).

6 – Use Your Favorite Game Developer’s Selection

Much like with favorite online casinos, you might have certain developers that you like more than others. For example, you may love Betsoft’s slots or Microgaming’s roulette selection. Or you could like games in pretty much any category that NetEnt provides.

In these scenarios, you should check out payout percentages that your favorite developer has to offer. You can do this either by visiting their websites and researching games or using search engines.

In the latter case, you could Google something like “Play’n GO slots RTP.” This search might uncover a composite list of most, if not all, Play’n GO slots along with their payout percentages.

Even if you don’t find a nice, neat list, you can still open different games and check the info screens. With enough dedication, you can find the absolute highest-paying games from a given developer. Alternatively, you could research a sample size (e.g. 20 to 30 games) and select the best-paying option from that sample.

7 – Look for Lists of the Best Paying Casino Games

Each of the tips above involves you doing all of the work. However, you can take a shortcut by finding lists of high-paying games.

Some casino affiliates research payout percentages for various games and compile a list. For example, they may come up with the best-paying online slots. Likewise, they could feature a list with the highest-paying blackjack games.

Of course, such a list can become outdated over time. But they’re perfect if you don’t feel like putting lots of research into the matter and want a quick guide.

Furthermore, some lists could still be completely accurate. In this case, you can follow these guides to a T and enjoy high payback.


High RTP shouldn’t be the only factor you consider when choosing games. However, it should definitely be one aspect that you think about.

After all, you’ll win more money over time when consistently targeting games with high payback. You will also experience more profitable sessions on average.

Of course, online casinos don’t promote their best-paying games on the homepage. You need to dig to find this information.

Luckily, the seven tips covered above will provide a shortcut towards lofty payout percentages. By combining these tips with a little research, you’ll have no trouble getting the payback you’re hoping to find.

Michael Stevens

Michael Stevens has been researching and writing topics involving the gambling industry for well over a decade now and is considered an expert on all things casino and sports betting. Michael has been writing for GamblingSites.org since early 2016. ...

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