Slot Machine Payback Statistics

Slot Machine Payback Statistics

Slot Machine Payback Statistics
Find out what slot machines actually returned to the public. Just click below to see slot machine payback statistics for casinos in all U.S. states.

AlabamaArizonaArkansasCalifornia
ColoradoConnecticutDelawareFlorida
GeorgiaIdahoIllinoisIndiana
IowaKansasLouisianaMaine
MarylandMassachusettsMichiganMinnesota
MississippiMissouriMontanaNebraska
NevadaNew Jersey New MexicoNew York
North Carolina North Dakota OhioOklahoma
OregonPennsylvaniaRhode Island South Carolina
South Dakota TexasWashingtonWest Virginia
Wisconsin Wyoming  

ALABAMA SLOT MACHINE PAYBACK STATISTICS

Alabama is home to three Native American casinos that offer Class II video gaming machines. Alabama does not require Native American casinos to release the payback statistics for their gaming machines.

 

ARIZONA SLOT MACHINE PAYBACK STATISTICS

Arizona only allows Indian casinos and the state does not require the Native American tribes to release the payback percentages on their slot machines.

The Arizona Department of Gaming does however,  require the machines on the tribe’s reservations to follow state-mandated minimum and maximum payback. The minimum and maximum paybacks are as follows: slot machines: 80%-100%; video blackjack and video poker: 83% to 100%; and keno: 75% to 100%. All of the state's tribes can freely set the payback on their machines anywhere within the state-mandated limits.

 

ARKANSAS SLOT MACHINE PAYBACK STATISTICS

Arkansas has two pari-mutuel facilities that operate casinos, plus one Indian casino. 

Gaming regulations require that all Arkansas machines return a minimum of 83%. For the 11-month period from September 1, 2019 through July 30, 2020, the average gaming machine’s return at Saracen was 92.79%, at Southland it was 92.65%, and at Oaklawn it was 91.90%.

 

CALIFORNIA SLOT MACHINE PAYBACK STATISTICS

California’s Native American casinos are allowed to offer such games as blackjack and other house-banked card games, and electronic gaming machines. California does not permit games roulette or craps, however, some casinos offer modified versions of these games. These modified versions of roulette and craps are played with cards rather than the traditional roulette wheels or dice.

Many California cardrooms offer some form of player-baked blackjack, however, because blackjack is illegal by law, the games is usually played to 22 instead of the traditional 21. Also, players are required to pay a commission to the house on every hand played. The commission amount will vary depending on the set rules of the house, in general, its around 2% to 5% of the total amount bet. There are almost 90 card rooms in California, to see a full list of Californian card rooms click this link.

California does not require the tribes to release the paybacks percentage on their slot machine, California also does not require any minimum returns on their machines.

 

COLORADO SLOT MACHINE PAYBACK STATISTICS

Here’s information, as supplied by Colorado’s Division of Gaming, showing the slot machine payback percentages for each city’s casinos for the one-year period from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020:

 Black HawkCentral CityCripple Creek
1¢ Slots89.83%90.40%91.53%
5¢ Slots93.13%94.55% 92.85%
25¢ Slots92.19%93.86%94.99%
$1 Slots93.47%94.52%94.78%
$5 Slots93.86%94.42%94.92%
All92.26%92.20%93.37%

The numbers shown above represent the money returned on each type of machine and encompasses all electronic machines (including video poker and video keno). The bold highlighting represents the best return for each category.

 

CONNECTICUT SLOT MACHINE PAYBACK STATISTICS

Below is information provided the Connecticut's Division of Special Revenue provides us with the following information concerning Foxwoods’ slot payback percentages: 

DenominationPayback %
90.09
92.47
25¢91.48
$1.0092.81
$5.0093.31
$10.0094.47
$25.0095.92
$100.0098.85
Average91.88

These figures reflect the total percentages returned by each denomination of slot machine from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020.

Below is information provided by the Connecticut's Division of Special Revenue concerning Mohegan Sun's slot payback percentages:

DenominationPayback %
88.58
93.55
25¢91.23
$1.0092.49
$5.0094.69
$10.0097.74
$25.0095.86
$100.0093.05
Average91.69

These figures reflect the total percentages returned by each denomination of slot machine from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020.

 

 

DELAWARE SLOT MACHINE PAYBACK STATISTICS

Delaware is home to three pari-mutuel facilities; they all feature games similar to slot machines. These machines are actually video lottery terminals (VLT’s), because they are operated by the Delaware Lottery. Unlike many other states, Delaware’s VLT machines payout in cash. The VLT’s in Delaware play games such as video blackjack, video poker, and video keno.

Delaware state law requires that all video lottery games must have a return between 87% and 95% of all wagers on an annual basis. Games may have a return above 95%, but only with the approval of the Lottery’s Director.

According to figures from the Delaware Lottery for the twelve-month period from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020 the average VLT return at Dover Downs was 91.85%, at Delaware Park it was 92.01%, and at Harrington Raceway it was 91.90%.

 

FLORIDA SLOT MACHINE PAYBACK STATISTICS

Florida is home to three different forms of casino gambling: Native American casinos, casino boats, and gaming machines at pari-mutuels facilities in two counties in South Florida.

Florida casino boats offer gamblers the opportunity to board ships that cruise offshore where casino gambling is legal. Casino boats travel to international waters where gambling is legal. The boats from the east coast sail three miles out into the Atlantic Ocean and the boats from the west coast travel nine miles out into the Gulf of Mexico. When the casino boats reach international waters they no longer need to adhere to state regulations, and the casino boats may set the payback without any regard to a minimum payback percentage.

Florida has seven Indian gaming locations. The Seminole Tribe has six and the seventh is on the Miccosukee Tribe’s reservation.

The Seminoles signed a compact with the state that allows them to offer traditional Class III gaming machines. As part of their compact, five Seminole casinos are also allowed to offer blackjack, poker, baccarat, mini-baccarat, Mississippi stud, three card poker, let it ride and pai gow poker.

The Miccosukee Tribe has not signed a compact, so they are only allowed to offer Class II gaming machines at their casino.

Class II gaming machines have the appearance of slot machines, but are actually games of bingo. The machines spinning reels are actually for “entertainment purposes only.” Currently there is no public information available concerning the payback percentages on gaming machines in Florida’s Native American casinos.

The other games allowed in all Native American casinos are: poker, high-stakes bingo, and video pull tabs. All Indian casinos in Florida are open 24 hours and all casinos offer bingo except for both Seminole Casino Coconut Creek and Seminole Hard Rock Casinos. The minimum gambling age is 18 at all Native American casinos for bingo or poker, and the minimum gambling age is 21 for electronic gaming machines.

There are four pari-mutuel facilities in each Broward County (home county of Fort Lauderdale) and Miami-Dade County. These pari-mutuel facilities offer electronic gaming machines, but do not offer table games.

Florida gaming regulations require a minimum payback of 85% on all gaming machines. From July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020 the gaming machines at Magic City returned 93.37%, Casino Miami returned 92.38%, Hialeah Park returned 93.61%, Gulfstream Park returned 92.03%, Dania Casino returned 92.08%, Big Easy returned 91.69%, Calder returned 91.13%, and The Isle returned 90.47%.

 

GEORGIA SLOT MACHINE PAYBACK STATISTICS

Georgia is home to one casino boat. It is required to sail three miles out into international waters where casino gambling is permitted.

Once the casino boat arrives in international waters it is free from state regulations. The gaming machines can then be set to pay back whatever the operator wants, without any regard to a minimum payback percentage.

 

IDAHO SLOT MACHINE PAYBACK STATISTICS

Idaho is home to six Native American casinos, these casinos offer electronic pull-tab machines and other video games. Idaho electronic gaming machines don't pay out in cash. Instead, these machines print out a receipt which must be taken to the cashier’s cage or cashed by a floor attendant. Select casinos offer games such as bingo (BG) and off-track betting (OTB).

According to the terms of the compact between the tribes and the state, there is no required minimum payback percentage that the gaming machines must return.

 

ILLINOIS SLOT MACHINE PAYBACK STATISTICS

The information below is provided by the Illinois Gaming Board showing each casino’s average slot payback percentage for the six-month period from July 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019:

CASINOPAYBACK %
Harrah's Joliet91.98
Casino Queen91.80
Argosy Alton91.02
Hollywood Joliet91.01
Grand Victoria90.90
Par-A-Dice90.88
Rivers Casino90.35
Hollywood - Aurora90.33
Jumer's90.16 
Harrah's Metropolis89.35

The figures shown above represent the total percentages returned by each casino for all of their electronic machines. According to the chart, Harrah's Joliet had the highest return to its slot machine players, while Harrah's in Metropolis had the lowest return.

 

INDIANA SLOT MACHINE PAYBACK STATISTICS

Following is information from the Indiana Gaming Commission re­garding average slot payout percentages for the one-year period from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020:

CASINOPAYBACK %
French Lick91.29
Blue Chip90.93
Rising Star91.38
Indiana Grand90.30
Belterra90.55
Majestic Star90.09
Caesars Casino SI90.00
Horseshoe Hammond90.04
Hoosier Park90.48
Hollywood90.22
Majestic Star II89.79
Ameristar90.04
Tropicana89.80

The figures shown above represent the average percentage returned by each casino for all of their electronic machines including their slot machines, video keno, video poker, etc.

 

IOWA SLOT MACHINE PAYBACK STATISTICS

The information below is provided by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission, it shows the electronic gaming machine payback percentages for all non-Native American locations for the one-year period from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020:

LOCATIONPAYBACK %
Prairie Meadows91.67
Wild Rose- Jefferson90.70
Grand Falls90.66
Catfish Bend90.61
Q Casino90.49
Diamond Jo Worth90.49
Riverside90.47
Wild Rose- Emmetsburg90.42
Wild Rose- Clinton90.28
Diamond Jo Dubuque90.26
Hard Rock90.24
Rhythm City90.19
Casino Queen Marquette90.14
Ameristar90.02
Isle Bettendorf89.94
Harrah's89.76
Isle Waterloo89.76
Horseshoe Council Bluffs89.50
Lakeside Casino88.92

The figures shown above represent the total percentages returned by each riverboat casino or pari-mutuel facility in Iowa for all of its electronic machines including: slots, video poker, video keno, etc.

 

KANSAS SLOT MACHINE PAYBACK STATISTICS

Kansas has four state-run casinos. The state's Racing & Gaming Commission does not release information about the payback percentages on electronic gaming machines in Iowa. However, the state does require that all machines have a return of no less than 87%.

Kansas is also home to five Native American casinos; these casinos are also not required to release information on their slot machine payback percentages. Though, according to the Kansas State Gaming Agency, the minimum payback percentage for tribal electronic gaming devices is 80%.

 

LOUISIANA SLOT MACHINE PAYBACK STATISTICS

Louisiana state gaming regulations require that gaming machines in casinos must be programmed to have a minimum payback of 80%, and maximum payback of 99.9%. The laws concerning video gaming machines at locations other than casinos requires a minimum return of 80%, and a maximum return of 94%.

Statistics concerning Louisiana gaming are not broken down by individual casinos. Rather, they are classified by region they reside in: Baton Rouge (BR) , Lake Charles (LC), New Orleans (NO) and Shreveport/Bossier City (SB).

Casinos located in Baton Rouge consist of: The Belle of Baton Rouge, Evangeline Downs, Hollywood Casino, L'Auberge. Casinos in Lake Charles include: Delta Downs, Isle of Capri, and L’Auberge du Lac. Casinos located in New Orleans are: Amelia Belle, Boomtown, Fairgrounds Raceway, Harrah’s (landbased), Treasure Chest. Casinos in Shreveport/Bossier city include: Boomtown, Diamond Jack’s, Eldorado, Horseshoe, Harrah’s, Sam’s Town, Louisiana Downs.

Below is information, supplied by the Louisiana State Police-Riverboat Gaming Section, concerning the average electronic machine payback per­centages for each area’s casinos for the 12-month period from June 1, 2019 through May 30, 2020:

 BRLCNOSB
88.80%88.40%89.00%89.10%
91.60%94.00%93.80%91.80%
25¢92.70%92.30%92.10%90.30%
$193.50%92.40%92.90%92.50%
$594.40%93.80%93.50%92.30%
All90.30%90.70%90.10%90.40%

These numbers above display the percentage of money returned on each denomination of machine and cover all electronic machines including both video poker and video keno. The highest returns for each category are highlighted in bold print, as you can see the casinos in the Baton Rouge area offered the highest returns in most categories.

 

MAINE SLOT MACHINE PAYBACK STATISTICS

Maine is home to two racetrack casinos (racinos), these two locations offer electronic gaming machines, as well as live table games.

Maine state gaming regulations mandate a minimum return of 89% on all machines. During the eleven-month period from July 1, 2019 through May 31, 2020, the average return on gaming machines at Hollywood Casino was 90.19% and at Oxford Casino it was 91.90%.

 

MARYLAND SLOT MACHINE PAYBACK STATISTICS

Maryland is home to five casinos, all of these locations are allowed to offer electronic gaming machines, as well as live table games. However, the Ocean Downs location does not offer table games.

Maryland state gaming laws does not require casinos to provide information on the actual payback percentages on gaming machines. However, state gaming regulations do require a minimum payback of 87% on any individual machine. All gaming machines located within a Maryland casino must also have an average payback of 90% - 95%.

 

MASSACHUSETTS SLOT MACHINE PAYBACK STATISTICS

Massachusetts has three casinos. 

Plainridge Park Casino is a harness racing track that is located about 40 miles southwest of Boston. It only offers electronic gaming machines. It has no live table games, but it does have electronic versions of those games, such as blackjack, craps and roulette.

The other two casinos are MGM Springfield and Encore Boston Harbor. Both of these casinos offer live table games, as well as a variety of electronic gaming machines.

Massachusetts gaming regulations require a minimum payback of 80% on all gaming machines. From July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020, the average return on electronic gaming machines at Plainridge Park was 92.30%, 91.55% at MGM Springfield and 92.18% at Encore.

 

MICHIGAN SLOT MACHINE PAYBACK STATISTICS

There are 17 Native American casinos located in Michigan, and state gaming laws do not require tribes to release information concerning their slot machine payback percentages.

The Michigan Gaming Control Board, however, does require that gaming machines in the state must meet the same minimum standards that are required for machines in Nevada or New Jersey. Nevada state law requires a minimum return of 75% and New Jersey requires a minimum of 83%. So in in order to comply with the law, Michigan Native American casinos must return at minimum of 75%.

Detroit also has three privately owned casinos, though Michigan does not require their slot payback to be available to the public.

 

MINNESOTA SLOT MACHINE PAYBACK STATISTICS

All casinos in Minnesota are located on Native American reservations, and by state law the only kind of slot machines allowed are of the electronic video slot machines, you will not find any mechanical slots that have traditional reels in Minnesota.

The terms of the compact between the state and the tribes dictate that the minimum and maximum payouts are as follows: slot machines - 80% to 95%, video poker and video blackjack - 83% to 98%, keno - 75% to 95%. The state allows for tribe to set their machines to pay back anywhere within the predefined limits, the tribes are not required to release any information on their slot machine percentage paybacks.

 

MISSISSIPPI SLOT MACHINE PAYBACK STATISTICS

The Mississippi Gaming Commission breaks down its states slot statistics region, instead of breaking down the information by individual properties.

The Coastal region of Mississippi includes Bay Saint Louis, Biloxi, and Gulfport.

The North region of Mississippi includes Greenville, Lula, and Tunica.

The Central region of Mississippi includes Natchez and Vicksburg.

Using the key above, the Mississippi Gaming Commission, provides the information below. This information shows the machine payback per­centages for each area’s casinos for the one-year period from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020:

 CoastalNorthCentral
1¢ Slots91.47%92.44%91.15%
5¢ Slots94.65%94.87%95.41%
25¢ Slots93.75%92.69%94.42%
$1 Slots92.89%93.39%94.40%
$5 Slots93.81%95.54%95.66%
All91.85%91.96%92.00%

The numbers above reflect the percentage of money returned on each denomination of machine, this percentage encompass all electronic machines including video poker and video keno. The highest returns for each category are highlighted in bold print, you can see that all of the gaming areas offer very similar returns on their machines.

 

MISSOURI SLOT MACHINE PAYBACK STATISTICS

Below is information provided by the Missouri Gaming Commission, which details the payback percentages for each casino's electronic machines for the 12-month period from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020:

CASINOPAYBACK %
Ameristar- St. Charles90.8
Hollywood90.8
River City90.6
Ameristar- K.C.90.4
Lumiere Place90.1
Argosy90.1
Harrah’s - N.K.C89.9
Isle of Capri - Booneville89.9
Isle of Capri - Cape Girardeau89.7
Lady Luck89.4
St. Jo Frontier88.9
Mark Twain88.9
Isle of Capri - K.C.88.8

The figures above encompass the total percentages returned by each casino for all of their electronic gaming machines including slot machines, video poker, video keno, etc.

 

MONTANA SLOT MACHINE PAYBACK STATISTICS

There are seven Native American casinos that offer video gaming machines. State law requires a maximum bet on these machines to be $5, and a maximum payout that is capped at $1,500. Montana's state Gambling Control Division does not have a required minimum payback percentage for gaming machines on Native American reservations.

Montana state gaming law also permit bars and taverns to have as many as 20 video gaming devices per location. These video gaming machines play video poker, video keno, or video bingo. These machines are owned and operated in a partnership with the state

Montana state gaming laws allows for a maximum bet on these machines of $2, and the maximum payout is limited to $800. Montana state gaming regulations requires that these machines have a minimum return of 80%.

 

NEBRASKA SLOT MACHINE PAYBACK STATISTICS

There are four casinos in Nebraska located on Native American Reservations. These four Indian casinos are all run by Native American tribes and all offer Class II gaming machines. Though these gaming machines have spinning wheels and the appearance of slot machines, they are in reality, just games of bingo.

Nebraska’s Indian casinos are not required to provide payback percentages on their gaming machines to the public.

 

NEVADA SLOT MACHINE PAYBACK STATISTICS

NEVADA - Lake Tahoe

Below is information supplied by Nevada’s State Gaming Control Board, it shows the slot machine payback percentages for all of the south shore casinos for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2019 and ending June 30, 2020:

Denomination

Payback %

1¢ Slots

88.58

25¢ Slots

90.69

$1 Slots

92.39

$5 Slots

92.39

All Slots

92.87

Below is information showing the slot machine payback percentages for all of the north shore casinos:

Denomination

Payback %

1¢ Slots

93.10

25¢ Slots

92.08

$1 Slots

92.97

$5 Slots

94.54

All Slots

94.48

The numbers above reflect the payback percentage to the players on each denomination of machine. All electronic machines including video poker, slots, and video keno are included in these numbers.

NEVADA - Las Vegas

The Nevada State Gaming Control Board breaks down its slot statistics classified by area, Rather than breaking down the information by individual properties like other states.

The gaming revenue report breaks down the Las Vegas market into two major tourist areas: downtown and the Strip. The locals market in Las Vegas and the casinos located within are grouped into the Boulder Strip and North Las Vegas areas in the gaming revenue report.

The information below shows the slot payback percentages for Nevada's fiscal year beginning July 1, 2019 and ending June 30, 2020:

1¢ Slot Machines
The Strip - 88.38%
Downtown - 88.97%
Boulder Strip - 90.49%
N. Las Vegas - 90.51%

5¢ Slot Machines
The Strip - 91.62%
Downtown - 93.14%
Boulder Strip - 96.32%
N. Las Vegas - 96.10%

25¢ Slot Machines
The Strip - 89.06%
Downtown - 93.52%
Boulder Strip - 95.18%
N. Las Vegas - 96.21%

$1 Slot Machines
The Strip - 92.00%
Downtown - 93.72%
Boulder Strip - 94.93%
N. Las Vegas - 94.88%

$1 Megabucks Machines
The Strip - 86.01%
Downtown - 86.48%
Boulder Strip - 86.96%
N. Las Vegas - 85.36%

All Slot Machines
The Strip - 91.81%
Downtown - 92.16%
Boulder Strip - 94.05%
N. Las Vegas - 93.08%

 

These numbers reflect the percentage of money returned to the players on each denomination of machine. All electronic machines including slots, video poker and video keno are included in these numbers and the highest-paying returns are shown in bold print. As you can see, the machines in downtown Las Vegas pay out more than those located on the Las Vegas Strip.

NEVADA - Laughlin

Below is information supplied by Nevada’s State Gaming Control Board, it shows the slot machine payback percentages for all of Laughlin’s casinos for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2019 and ending June 30, 2020:

Denomination

Payback %

1¢ Slots

89.06

5¢ Slots

92.15

25¢ Slots

93.30

$1 Slots

94.23

$1 Megabucks

85.98

$5 Slots

94.58

All Slots

92.03

The numbers above show the payback percentage to the players on each denomination of machine. All electronic machines including video poker, slots, and video keno are included in these numbers.

NEVADA - Reno

Below is information supplied by Nevada’s State Gaming Control Board, it shows the slot machine payback percentages for all of the Reno area casinos for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2019 and ending June 30, 2020:

Denomination

Payback %

1¢ Slots

92.67

5¢ Slots

95.58

25¢ Slots

92.17

$1 Slots

95.40

$1 Megabucks

86.08

$5 Slots

95.30

All Slots

94.49

These numbers reflect the percentage of money returned on each denomination of machine and encompass all electronic machines including slots, video poker and video keno.

NEVADA - Sparks

Below is information supplied by Nevada’s State Gaming Control Board, it shows the slot machine payback percentages for all of the Sparks area casinos for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2019 and ending June 30, 2020:

Denomination

Payback %

1¢ Slots

93.00

5¢ Slots

97.05

25¢ Slots

95.02

$1 Slots

95.76

All Slots

94.52

These numbers reflect the percentage of money returned on each denomination of machine and encompass all electronic machines including slots, video poker and video keno.

NEVADA - Wendover

Below is information supplied by Nevada’s State Gaming Control Board, it shows the slot machine payback percentages for all of the Wendover area casinos for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2019 and ending June 30, 2020:

Denomination

Payback %

1¢ Slots

93.29

25¢ Slots

92.93

$1 Slots

95.74

$5 Slots

96.20

All Slot

94.24

These numbers reflect the percentage of money returned on each denomination of machine and encompass all electronic machines including slots, video poker and video keno.

 

NEW JERSEY SLOT MACHINE PAYBACK STATISTICS

The information below, provided by the New Jersey Casino Control Commission, covers the average electronic gaming machine payout percentages for the 12-month period from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020:

CASINO

PAYBACK

Harrah’s

91.70

Borgata

91.39

Bally's A.C.

90.88

Caesars

90.84

Resorts

90.64

Golden Nugget

90.73

Hard Rock

90.69

Tropicana

90.46

Ocean Resort

90.08

These figures reflect the total percentages returned by each casino for all of their electronic machines which includes slot machines, video poker, etc.

 

NEW MEXICO SLOT MACHINE PAYBACK STATISTICS

New Mexico's Native American casinos offer an assortment of live table games and electronic gaming machines. New Mexico state gaming laws also allow for machines at the state's racetracks, as well as 40 various veteran and fraternal clubs.

New Mexico state gaming regulations require that racetracks and fraternal/veterans organizations electronic gaming machines must have a minimum return of 80%.

New Mexico's Native American tribes are not required to release their slot machine payback percentages to the public. Though, the terms of the compact between the tribes and the state does require all electronic gaming machines to have a minimum return of 80%.

 

NEW YORK SLOT MACHINE PAYBACK STATISTICS

There are several Native American casinos located in upstate New York, many of which offer traditional Class III casino gambling. These types of casinos offer live table games and electronic gaming machines, such as slot machines, video poker and video keno. 

There are also some Native American casinos that offer Class II gaming devices. These Class II video gaming devices have the appearance of slot machines, but in reality, are games of bingo. The spinning reels on these machines are actually for entertainment purposes only. New York does not require information concerning the payback percentages on any gaming machines in Indian casinos to be made public.

There are four destination casino resorts in upstate New York. These casinos all offer: blackjack, roulette, craps, slots and video poker. Some casinos also offer: mini-baccarat , poker, pai gow poker, Caribbean stud poker, let it ride, big 6 wheel, bingo, keno, Mississippi stud, three card poker, four card poker and Spanish 21. Sports betting is also allowed at these four upstate casinos. 

Here’s information, as supplied by the New York Gaming Commission, showing the slot machine payback percentages for all four of the casinos for the fiscal year from April 1, 2019 through March 31, 2020:

LOCATION

PAYBACK %

Tioga Downs

91.61

Resort's World Catskills

90.73

Del Lago

90.72

Rivers Schenectady

90.58

New York also has racinos, which are slot machine-style video lottery machines at racetracks located in the state. These machines are officially referred to as Video Gaming Machines (VGM’s) and they are regulated by the New York State Lottery Division.

All New York VGM's offer a variety of standard slot machine-type games, they also offer keno (in denominations from $0.05 to $10). 

The video gaming machines do not operate like a traditional slot machine or video poker game. Instead, they are similar to scratch-off-type lottery tickets with a pre-determined number of winners. New York gaming laws require that video lottery gaming machines in the state must have an average pay prize of "no less than 90 percent of sales."

Below is information supplied by the New York Lottery which shows the video gaming machine payback percentages for each of the state's racetracks for the fiscal year from April 1, 2019 through March 31, 2020:

LOCATION

PAYBACK %

Resorts World

97.44

Jake's 58

93.78

Empire City

93.13

Saratoga

92.33

Finger Lakes

92.10

Vernon Downs

91.75

Batavia Downs

91.62

Fairgrounds

91.59

 

NORTH CAROLINA SLOT MACHINE PAYBACK STATISTICS

North Carolina is home to two Native American casinos; both are affiliated with the North Carolinas Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

The tribe signed a compact with the state, and according to the terms set in that compact, North Carolina video gaming machines are required to have a minimum return of 83% and a maximum return of 98%.

 

NORTH DAKOTA SLOT MACHINE PAYBACK STATISTICS

North Dakota boasts more then 800 sites statewide that offer games of blackjack. North Dakota state gaming laws require betting limits of $1-$25, and all proceeds must go to the benefit of charities.

There are also six Indian casinos in North Dakota. These locations are limited by law to have the following maximum bet limits: blackjack-$100 (the laws do allow for two tables in a casino to have limits up to $250), poker-$50 per bet/ per round with a maximum of three rounds, roulette-$50, craps-$60, slots/video poker-$25.

According to the terms of the state's compact with the tribes, all gaming machines are required to have a minimum return of 80%, and a maximum return of 100%. However, the compact states that if a gaming machine is affected by skill (such as video blackjack or video poker) the machines must have a minimum return of 83%.

 

OHIO SLOT MACHINE PAYBACK STATISTICS

Ohio has one casino in each of its four major cities: Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus and Toledo. Ohio also boasts seven racetracks that offer video lottery terminals.

Below is information provided by the Ohio Casino Control Commission. The information details the payback percentages for each casino and racino’s electronic machines for the twelve-month period from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020:

CASINO

PAYBACK %

JACK Cleveland
92.20
Hollywood Columbus
91.98
Hard Rock Cincinatti
91.61
Miami Valley
91.37
MGM Northfield
91.05
Hollywood Toledo
91.03
Belterra Park
90.97
Hollywood Dayton
90.85
Eldorado Gaming
90.77
JACK Thistledown
90.46
Mahoning Valley
90.26

 

OKLAHOMA SLOT MACHINE PAYBACK STATISTICS

Oklahoma only has Indian casinos and the state's gaming laws allow all Native American casinos to offer both Class II & Class III gaming machines.

Most casinos in Oklahoma only offer Class II gaming machines, these machines have the appearance of slot machines, but are actually games of bingo with spinning video reels that are for "entertainment purposes only." Select Oklahoma casinos offer traditional Class III slots.

Be aware Oklahoma state gaming regulations do not publish public information concerning the payback percentages on any gaming machines in the state.

 

OREGON SLOT MACHINE PAYBACK STATISTICS

Oregon only allows Indian casinos and there are nine Native American casinos in operation. The state of Oregon does not require the Native American tribes to have a minimum payback percentage on their gaming machines, and each Tribe is free to set their own limits on their machines.

Oregon state gaming laws also permit bars and taverns to offer up to six video lottery terminals (VLT) per location. These machines offer select versions of video poker. Racetracks in Oregon are also permitted to have up to 10 VLT machines. 

Video lottery terminals are the same as typical video gaming devices, the reason these machines are called lottery terminals is because they are regulated by the Oregon lottery commission. The state lottery commission also receives a share of each lottery machine’s revenue. All VLT machines have a maximum allowed bet of $2.50, and a maximum single payout of $600. 

According to figures from the Oregon Lottery, during its fiscal year from June 28, 2019 through June 25, 2020, the VLT’s had an approximate return of 92.37%.

 

PENNSYLVANIA SLOT MACHINE PAYBACK STATISTICS

Pennsylvania state gaming regulations require gaming machines within the state to have a minimum return of 85%

The information below is provided by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board regarding the average slot payout percentages for the one-year period from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020:

CASINO

PAYBACK %

Parx Casino

90.61

Valley Forge

90.47

Mount Airy

90.36

Rivers Philadelphia

90.20

Wind Creek Bethlehem

90.14

The Meadows

90.13

Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs

89.89

The Rivers Pittsburgh

89.82

Harrah's Philadelphia

89.80

Hollywood Casino at Penn National

89.41

Presque Isle

89.35

Lady Luck Nemacolin

89.34

 

RHODE ISLAND SLOT MACHINE PAYBACK STATISTICS

Rhode Island is home to two pari-mutuel facilities, both of which feature video lottery terminals (VLT’s). Video lottery terminals are the same as typical video gaming devices, the reason these machines are called lottery terminals is because they are regulated by the Rhode Island lottery commission. The state lottery commission also receives a share of each lottery machine’s revenue. 

All of the VLT’s in Rhode Island are programmed to play a minimum of six different games: three versions of poker (jacks or better, joker poker, and deuces wild), blackjack, keno, and slots.

According to figures provided by the Rhode Island Lottery concerning the one-year period from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020, the average VLT return at Twin River was 92.10% and at Tiverton it was 91.55%.

 

SOUTH CAROLINA SLOT MACHINE PAYBACK STATISTICS

South Carolina has one gambling cruise ship which sails three miles out into international waters where casino gambling is permitted.

Since the casino boat is required to travel into international waters, it is free from any state gaming regulations. This means the machines onboard the ship can be set to pay back whatever the operators want, without regard to a required minimum payback percentage.

 

SOUTH DAKOTA SLOT MACHINE PAYBACK STATISTICS

Below are statistics provided by the South Dakota Commission on Gaming concerning the payback percentages on all of Deadwood’s slot machines for the one-year period from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020:

Denomination

Payback %

1¢ Slots

90.60

5¢ Slots

93.94

25¢ Slots

91.18

$1 Slots

92.71

$5 Slots

92.65

Average

91.00

In addition to the Deadwood casinos, there are also nine Indian casinos in South Dakota. No information is available on the payback percentages of the video gaming machines located on Native American reservations.

 

TEXAS SLOT MACHINE PAYBACK STATISTICS

Texas has two Native American casinos which offers Class II video gaming machines. One location also offers poker, bingo, pull tab machines, and a player-banked blackjack game. This player banked blackjack game requires each player to pay a commission to the house for each bet made. The commission amount is as follows: 50¢ for bets in the $3-$50, $1 for bets over $50. The minimum gambling age in Texas is 21, and both casinos are open 24 hours a day.

Class II video gaming devices have the appearance of slot machines, though these machines are actually games of bingo. The spinning reels on these machines are actually for entertainment purposes only. Texas does not require any public information to be released concerning the payback percentages on gaming machines in their Native American casinos.

 

WASHINGTON SLOT MACHINE PAYBACK STATISTICS

Washington is home to 28 Native American casinos, all of which have compacts with the state allowing them to offer table games as well as electronic ‘scratch’ ticket games (these games have a predetermined number of winners and losers and use a finite number of tickets).

Washington state gaming laws do not require the state’s tribes to release information on their slot machine percentage paybacks to the public.

However, the terms of the compact between the state and the Tribes states that electronic ‘scratch’ ticket games must have a minimum prize payout of at least 75%.

 

WEST VIRGINIA SLOT MACHINE PAYBACK STATISTICS

West Virginia is home to four pari-mutuel facilities and one resort hotel, all of these locations feature video lottery terminals (VLT's).

VLT gaming machines are exactly the same as regular video gaming devices. They are called video lottery terminals because the state’s lottery commission regulates them, they also receive a share of each machine’s revenue.

West Virginia state gaming laws require that VLT’s in this state to have a minimum return of 80%, and a maximum return of 95%. VLT gaming machines offer such games as: blackjack, slots, keno, and numerous versions of poker. The minimum gambling age in West Virginia is 21.

For the one-year period from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020 the average return on VLT’s was: 88.91% at Mountaineer Park, 90.75% at Mardi Gras, 89.69% at Wheeling Island, 89.55% at Charles Town Races.

 

WISCONSIN SLOT MACHINE PAYBACK STATISTICS

All casinos in Wisconsin are located on Native American reservations, and the Native American tribes are not required by the state to release information on their slot machine payback percentages. However, the terms of the compact between the state and the tribes state "for games not affected by player skill, such as slot machines, the machine is required to return a minimum of 80% and a maximum of 100% of the amount wagered."

 

WYOMING SLOT MACHINE PAYBACK STATISTICS

Wyoming is home to Indian casinos that offer Class II bingo-style gaming machines, and Class III traditional slot machines.

Wyoming's Native American casinos allow customers to make bets via a cashless system. This system utilizes a“smart” card that you must deposit money onto that card's attached account. The gaming machines will then credit wins to, or deducts losses to, your attached account.

Wyoming state gaming laws do not require Indian casinos to release information to the public on the payback percentages for their gaming machines.

 

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