Slot Machine Payback Statistics

Find out what slot machines actually returned to the public

Alabama Arizona Arkansas California
Colorado Connecticut Delaware Florida
Georgia Idaho Illinois Indiana
Iowa Kansas Louisiana Maine
Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota
Mississippi Missouri Montana Nevada
New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina
North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma Oregon
Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota
Texas Washington West Virginia Wisconsin
Wyoming      

ALABAMA

Alabama has three Indian casinos that offer Class II video gaming machines. They are not required to release payback statistics about their machines.

ARIZONA

In mid-1993 Arizona’s Governor Symington signed a compact with the state’s tribes that allowed them to offer slot machines on their reservations.

The compact originally didn’t allow for any table games but in early 2003 blackjack was added as a permissible table game.

Arizona tribes aren’t required to release information on their slot machine percentage paybacks, however, according to the Arizona Department of Gaming, the terms of the compact require each tribes’ machines to return the following minimum and maximum paybacks: video poker and video blackjack - 83% to 100%, slot machines - 80% to 100%, keno - 75% to 100%. Each tribe is free to set its machines to pay back anywhere within those limits.

 

ARKANSAS

Arkansas has two pari-mutuel facilities featuring “electronic games of skill,” which are defined as “games played through any electronic device or machine that affords an opportunity for the exercise of skill or judgment where the outcome is not completely controlled by chance alone.”

The games offered are video poker, video blackjack, and “skill” slots where you have two opportunities to spin the reels. The “skill” factor comes into play because after seeing the results of your first spin you then have to decide whether to keep none, one, two, or all three of the symbols on each reel before you spin them again. Gaming regulations require that all of the electronic games of skill must return a minimum of 83%.

For the one year period from July 2012 through June 2013, the average gaming machine’s return at Oaklawn was 93.23% and at Southland it was 93.32%

 

CALIFORNIA

California’s Indian casinos are legally allowed to offer electronic gaming machines, blackjack, and other house-banked card games. The games of craps and roulette are not permitted. However, some casinos do offer modified versions of craps and roulette that are played with cards rather than dice or roulette wheels.

Most California card rooms also offer some form of player-banked blackjack, but because they are prohibited by law from playing blackjack, the game is usually played to 22 rather than 21. Additionally, players must pay a commission to the house on every hand they play. The amount will vary depending on the rules of the house but, generally, it’s about two to five percent of the total amount bet. There are about 90 card rooms in California and you can see a listing of them on the Internet at: http://www.cgcc.ca.gov

California’s tribes aren’t required to release information on their slot machine percentage paybacks and the state of California does not require any minimum returns.

COLORADO

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, 2012 through June 30, 2013:

 

Black Hawk

Central City

Cripple Creek

1¢ Slots

89.49%

90.49%

91.63%

5¢ Slots

93.14%

94.04%

93.48%

25¢ Slots

93.81%

94.02%

95.24%

$1 Slots

94.43%

95.48%

95.20%

$5 Slots

94.87%

93.00%

94.89%

All

92.72%

92.80%

93.59%

These numbers reflect the percentage of money returned on each denomination of machine and encompass all electronic machines including video poker and video keno. The best returns for each category are highlighted in bold print.

 

CONNECTICUT

The following information is from Connecticut’s Division of Special Revenue regarding MGM Grand and Foxwoods’ slot payback percentages:

Denomination

Payback %

89.33

90.50

90.19

25¢

92.13

50¢

90.55

$1.00

93.45

$5.00

93.72

$10.00

95.64

$25.00

94.68

$100.00

95.36

Average

91.61

These figures reflect the total percentages returned by each denomination of slot machine from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013.

Here's information from Connecticut's Division of Special Revenue regarding Mohegan Sun's slot payback percentages:

Denomination

Payback %

1/4¢ 86.22
1/2¢ 86.16

89.29

89.07

88.45

25¢

91.72

50¢

91.46

$1.00

92.98

$5.00

93.94

$10.00

96.28

$25.00

94.46

$100.00

94.55

Average

91.76

These figures reflect the total percentages returned by each denomination of slot machine from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013.

 

 

DELAWARE

Delaware’s three pari-mutuel facilities all feature slot machines. Technical­ly, the machines are video lottery terminals (VLT’s) because they are operated in conjunction with the Delaware Lottery. Unlike VLT’s in other states, however, Delaware’s machines pay out in cash. The VLT’s also play other games including: video poker, video keno and video blackjack.

By law, all video lottery games must return between 87% and 95% of all wagers on an annual basis. Games can return above 95% but only with the Lottery Director’s approval.

According to figures from the Delaware Lottery for the one-year period from July 25, 2012 through June 26, 2013 the average VLT return at Delaware Park was 92.27%, at Dover Downs it was 92.02% and at Harrington Raceway it was 92.09%.

 

FLORIDA

Florida has three forms of casino gambling: casino boats, Indian casinos and gaming machines at pari-mutuels in one south Florida county.

The casino boats offers gamblers the opportunity to board ships that cruise offshore where casino gambling is legal. From the east coast the boats sail three miles out into the Atlantic Ocean and from the west coast the boats travel nine miles out into the Gulf of Mexico. Since the casino boats travel in international waters they are free from regulations and the machines can be set to pay back whatever the operator wants without regard to a minimum payback percentage.

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

The Seminoles signed a compact with the state that allows them to offer both Class II and traditional Class III gaming machines. As part of their compact, five Seminole casinos are also allowed to offer blackjack (BJ), baccarat (B), mini-baccarat (MB), three card poker (TCP), let it ride (LIR) and pai gow poker (PGP).

The Miccosukee Tribe has not signed a compact and they only offer Class II gaming machines at their casino.

Class II video gaming devices look like slot machines, but are actually bingo games and the spinning reels are for “entertainment purposes only.” No public information is available concerning the payback percentages on any gaming machines in Florida’s Indian casinos.

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

In early 2005 voters in Broward County (home county of Fort Lauderdale) passed a referendum to allow slot machines at four pari-mutuel facilities within that county.

The first slot facility opened in late 2006 and two others followed within six months. The fourth facility, Dania Jai-Alai, has indefinitely postponed the installation of its slot machines.

In January 2008 voters in Miami-Dade County also passed a referendum permitting slot machines at three pari-mutuel facilities.

Florida gaming regulations require a minimum payback of 85% on all gaming machines.

From July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013, the gaming machines at Gulfstream returned 91.92%, the return was 91.95% at Mardi Gras Gaming, 92.87% at The Isle, 93.71% at Magic City, 92.56% at Miami Jai Alai and 91.08% at Calder.

 

GEORGIA

There are two casino boats in Georgia which both sail three miles out into international waters where casino gambling is permitted.

Since the casino boats travel in international waters they are free from regulations and the machines can be set to pay back whatever the operator wants without regard to a minimum payback percentage.

 

IDAHO

Idaho has six Indian casinos that offer electronic pull-tab machines and other video games. The machines don't pay out in cash. Instead they print out a receipt which must be cashed by a floor attendant or taken to the cashier’s cage. Some casinos also offer bingo (BG) and off-track betting (OTB).

The terms of the compact between the tribes and the state do not require any minimum payback percentage that the gaming machines must return to the public.

 

ILLINOIS

Here’s information from the Illinois Gaming Board showing each casi­no’s average slot payback percentage for the one-year period from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013:

CASINO

PAYBACK %

Casino Queen

93.19

Argosy Alton

92.08

Grand Victoria

91.39

Harrah's Joliet

91.89

Rock Island

92.07

Par-A-Dice

91.07

Hollywood - Aurora

90.78

Hollywood - Joliet

91.16

Rivers Casino

89.71

Harrah's Metropolis

89.02

These figures reflect the total percentages returned by each casino for all of their electronic machines. As you can see, the Casino Queen returned the most to its slot machine players, while Harrah's in Metropolis returned the least.

 

INDIANA

Following is information from the Indiana Gaming Commission re­garding average slot payout percentages for the one-year period  from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013:

CASINO

PAYBACK %

Hoosier Park

91.91

Indiana Live!

91.13

Rising Star 91.79

Blue Chip

91.66

French Lick

91.60

Belterra

91.15

Hollywood

90.53

Horseshoe Casino SI

90.35

Tropicana

90.26

Majestic Star

90.42

Majestic Star II

90.25

Ameristar

90.31

Horseshoe Hammond

89.97

These figures reflect the average percentage returned by each casino for all of their electronic machines including slot machines, video poker, video keno, etc.

 

IOWA

Here’s information, as supplied by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission, showing the electronic gaming machine payback percentages for all non-Indian locations for the one-year period from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013:

LOCATION

PAYBACK %

Isle of Capri - Waterloo

91.44

Prairie Meadows

91.85

Rhythm City

91.41

Isle of Capri - Bettendorf

91.39

Wild Rose- Emmetsburg

91.56

 Lady Luck - Marquette

91.07

Riverside

91.03

Wild Rose- Clinton

91.07

Mystique Casino

90.74

Catfish Bend

90.95

Diamond Jo Dubuque

90.67

Terrible's Lakeside

90.49

Diamond Jo Worth

90.62

Ameristar

90.69

Argosy Sioux City

89.98

Harrah's

89.38

Horseshoe Council Bluffs

89.57

Grand Falls

90.46

These figures reflect the total percentages returned by each riverboat casino or pari-mutuel facility for all of its electronic machines including: slots, video poker, video keno, etc.

 

KANSAS

In April 2007 the Kansas legislature authorized local referendums to allow state-run casinos in four counties.

The Kansas Racing & Gaming Commission does not release information about the payback percentages on electronic gaming machines in Kansas. However, gaming regulations require that all machines return no less than 87%.

There are also five Indian casinos in Kansas and they are not required to release information on their slot machine payback percentages. However, according to officials at the Kansas State Gaming Agency, which is responsible for overseeing the tribal-state compacts, "the minimum payback percentage for electronic gaming devices is 80%."

 

LOUISIANA

Gaming regulations require that gaming machines in casinos be programmed to pay back no less than 80% and no more than 99.9%. For video gaming machines at locations other than casinos the law requires a minimum return of 80% and a maximum return of 94%.

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

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

Here’s information, as supplied by the Louisiana State Police-Riverboat Gaming Section, showing the average electronic machine payback per­centages for each area’s casinos for the 12-month period from June, 2012 through May, 2013:

 

BR

LC

NO

SB

88.5%

88.6%

88.4%

88.5%

92.4%

91.3%

92.6%

91.5%

25¢

93.5%

92.8%

92.6%

92.1%

$1

93.6%

93.5%

93.0%

93.2%

$5

94.2%

94.4%

94.3%

93.2%

All

90.7%

91.7%

90.3%

90.7%

These numbers reflect the percentage of money returned on each denomination of machine and encompass all electronic machines including video poker and video keno. The best returns for each category are highlighted in bold print and you can see that the Baton Rouge area casinos offered the best returns in most categories.

 

MAINE

In early 2004 the Maine legislature authorized slot machines to be placed at Bangor Raceway and that facility opened in November 2005.

Gaming regulations require a minimum return of 89% on all machines and the games offered include: slots, video poker and video blackjack.

During the 12-month period from July 2012 through June 2013, the average return on gaming machines was 90.95% at Oxford Casino and 89.91% at Hollywood Casino.

 

MARYLAND

In November 2008 Maryland voters approved a referendum to allow slot machines within their state.

A maximum of 15,000 machines are permitted statewide and one facility is permitted in each of five locations: Anne Arundel County, Cecil County, Allegany County, Worcester County and the city of Baltimore.

The Ocean Downs Racetrack in Worchester county and Hollywood Casino Perryville in Cecil county opened in 2010 and 2011 respectively. Maryland Live! in Anne Arundel County opened in June 2012.
 
The Rocky Gap Lodge and Golf Resort in Allegany County is expected to open its casino in mid-2013 and Harrah’s Baltimore is expected to open by mid-2014.

No public information is available about the actual payback percentages on gaming machines in Maryland. However, gaming regulations require a minimum payback of 87%

 

 

 

MASSACHUSETTS

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed a bill in late 2011 that legalized casinos. The law allows three casinos and one slot parlor. Additionally, the law authorizes the creation of a  state gambling commission to control the industry.

The state is now in the process of putting together the five-member gambling commission which will be in charge of picking the winning casino bidders and regulating the industry.  The earliest any casino is expected to open is late 2013.

Previously, Massachusetts had one casino boat which sailed three miles out into international waters where casino gambling is permitted. However, that boat ceased operating in 2009.

 

MICHIGAN

There are 17 Indian casinos in Michigan and the tribes are not required to release information on their slot machine payback percentages. However, according to officials at the Michigan Gaming Control Board, which is responsible for overseeing the tribal-state compacts, "the machines must meet the minimum standards for machines in Nevada or New Jersey." In Nevada the minimum return is 75% and in New Jersey it's 83%. Therefore, Michigan's Indian casinos must return at least 75% in order to comply with the law.

There are also three privately owned casinos in Detroit, but their slot payback information is not made available to the public.

 

MINNESOTA

All Minnesota casinos are located on Indian reservations and under a compact reached with the state the only table games permitted are card games such as blackjack and poker. Additionally, the only kind of slot machines allowed are the electronic video variety. Therefore, you will not find any mechanical slots that have traditional reels - only video screens

According to the terms of the compact between the state and the tribes, however, the minimum and maximum payouts are regulated as follows: video poker and video blackjack - 83% to 98%, slot machines - 80% to 95%, keno - 75% to 95%. Each tribe is free to set its machines to pay back anywhere within those limits and the tribes do not not release any information regarding their slot machine percentage paybacks.

 

MISSISSIPPI

The Mississippi Gaming Commission does not break down its slot statistics by individual properties. Rather, they are classified by region. The Coastal region includes Biloxi, Gulfport and Bay Saint Louis. The North region includes Tunica, Greenville and Lula. The Central region includes Vicksburg and Natchez.

With that in mind here’s information, as supplied by the Missis­sippi Gaming Commission, showing the machine payback per­centages for each area’s casinos for the one-year period from June 1, 2012 through May 31, 2013:

 

Coastal

North

Central

1¢ Slots

91.40%

91.41%

91.06%

5¢ Slots

94.14%

93.88%

94.83%

25¢ Slots

94.84%

93.43%

93.29%

$1 Slots

94.04%

94.63%

94.72%

$5 Slots

95.19%

95.26%

94.84%

All

92.84%

92.42%

92.19%

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

Mississippi is one of the few states that breaks down its progressive machine statistics separately and you can see that the return is always less on machines with progressive jackpots.

 

MISSOURI

Here's information from the Missouri Gaming Commission regarding the payback percentages for each casino's electronic machines for the 12-month period from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013:

CASINO

PAYBACK %

Isle of Capri - Booneville

91.3

River City

91.2

Terrible's Mark Twain

91.0

Terrible's St. Jo

91.0

Hollywood M.H.

90.5

Ameristar- St. Charles

90.7

Lumiere Place

90.4

Isle of Capri - Cape Girardeau

90.5

Ameristar- K.C.

90.9

Argosy

90.6

Harrah’s - K.C

90.6

Isle of Capri - K.C.

90.2

Lady Luck

89.1



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

 

MONTANA

Montana law permits bars and taverns to have up to 20 video gaming devices that play video poker, video keno, or video bingo. These machines are operated in partnership with the state and are not permitted to pay out in cash; instead, they print out a receipt which must be taken to a cashier. The maximum bet on these machines is $2 and the maximum payout is limited to $800. Montana gaming regulations require these machines to return a minimum of 80%.

There are seven Indian casinos offering video gaming machines that also print out a receipt. The maximum bet on these machines is $5 and the maximum payout is capped at $1,500. According to Montana's Gambling Control Division, there are no minimum payback percentages required for gaming machines on Indian reservations.

 

NEVADA

NEVADA - Lake Tahoe

Here’s information, as supplied by Nevada’s State Gaming Control Board, showing the slot machine payback percentages for all of the south shore casinos for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2012 and ending June 30, 2013:

Denomination

Payback %

1¢ Slots

88.64

25¢ Slots

91.67

$1 Slots

94.05

All Slots

93.81

And here's that same information for the north shore casinos:

Denomination

Payback %

1¢ Slots

92.32

25¢ Slots

88.51

$1 Slots

94.66

All Slots

94.38

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.

NEVADA - Las Vegas

Unlike New Jersey, the Nevada Gaming Control Board does not break down its slot statistics by individual properties. Rather, they are classified by area.

The annual gaming revenue report breaks the Las Vegas market down into two major tourist areas: the Strip and downtown. There is also a very large locals market in Las Vegas and those casinos are shown in the gaming revenue report as the Boulder Strip and North Las Vegas areas.

When choosing where to do your slot gambling, you may want to keep in mind the following slot payback percentages for Nevada's fiscal year beginning July 1, 2012 and ending June 30, 2013:

1¢ Slot Machines
The Strip - 88.22%
Downtown  - 88.95%
Boulder Strip - 90.37%
N. Las Vegas - 90.84%

5¢ Slot Machines
The Strip - 90.79%
Downtown  - 91.05%
Boulder Strip - 95.78%
N. Las Vegas - 95.37%

25¢ Slot Machines
The Strip - 91.37%
Downtown  - 94.77%
Boulder Strip - 96.77%
N. Las Vegas - 96.58%

$1 Slot Machines
The Strip - 93.40%
Downtown  - 95.14%
Boulder Strip - 96.21%
N. Las Vegas - 96.30%

$1 Megabucks Machines
The Strip - 88.66%
Downtown  - 89.35%
Boulder Strip - 87.78%
N. Las Vegas - 86.76%

All Slot Machines
The Strip - 92.50%
Downtown  - 93.38%
Boulder Strip - 94.51%

N. Las Vegas - 93.86%

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 slightly more than those located on the Las Vegas Strip.

Returns even better than the downtown casinos can be found at some of the other locals casinos along Boulder Highway such as Boulder Station and Sam's Town and also in the North Las Vegas area which would include the Fiesta, Santa Fe and Texas Station casinos. Not only are those numbers among the best returns in the Las Vegas area, they are among the best payback percentages for anywhere in the United States.

NEVADA - Laughlin

Here’s information, as supplied by Nevada’s State Gaming Control Board, showing the slot machine payback percentages for all of Laughlin’s casinos for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2012 and ending June 30, 2013:

Denomination

Payback %

1¢ Slots

88.92

5¢ Slots

93.16

25¢ Slots

94.85

$1 Slots

95.31

$1 Megabucks

88.15

$5 Slots

94.81

All Slots

92.63

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.

NEVADA - Reno

Here’s information, as supplied by Nevada’s State Gaming Control Board, showing the slot machine payback percentages for all of the Reno area casinos for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2012 and ending June 30, 2013:

Denomination

Payback %

1¢ Slots

92.28

5¢ Slots

95.15

25¢ Slots

93.16

$1 Slots

95.91

$1 Megabucks

88.42

$5 Slots

96.37

All Slots

94.93

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

Following is information from the New Jersey Casino Control Commission regarding average slot payout percentages for the 12-month period from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013:

CASINO

PAYBACK

Borgata

91.7

Trump Taj Mahal

90.9

Trump Plaza

91.0

Resorts

91.3

Atlantic Club

90.9

Harrah’s

91.5

Tropicana

90.9

Golden Nugget

90.9

Bally's A.C.

90.8

Caesars

90.6

Showboat

90.0

Revel

90.8

* Please note: the figures for Revel Casino only include the 3 month period of April-June, 2012 since it opened.

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

New Mexico's Indian casinos offer an assortment of table games and electronic gaming machines. Additionally, slot machines are allowed at the state's racetracks as well as at about 40 various fraternal and veterans clubs.

New Mexico gaming regulations require that electronic machines at racetracks and fraternal/veterans organizations return a minimum of 80% to a maximum of 96%.

New Mexico's Indian tribes do not make their slot machine payback percentages a matter of public record but the terms of the compact between the state and the tribes require all electronic gaming machines to return a minimum of 80%.

 

NEW YORK

There are five Indian casinos located in upstate New York which offer traditional Class III casino gambling.

The terms of the compact between the tribes and the state allow table games and slot machines, including video keno and video poker. These machines do not pay out in cash. Instead, they print out a receipt which must be exchanged for cash.

There are also five Indian casinos that offer Class II gambling which consist of electronic gaming machines which look like slot machines, but are actually games of bingo and the spinning video reels are for "entertainment purposes only." No public information is available concerning the payback percentages on gaming machines at Indian casinos.

In October 2001, legislation was passed to allow for the introduction of slot machine-type video lottery machines at New York racetracks. Officially referred to as Video Gaming Machines (VGM’s), they are regulated by the New York State Lottery Division.

All VGM's offer standard slot machine-type games, plus keno in denominations from five cents to $10. The machines all accept cash but do not pay out in cash. They print a receipt which must be taken to a cashier.

The legislation authorizing the VGM’s states, “the specifications for video lottery gaming shall be designed in such a manner as to pay prizes that average no less than ninety percent of sales.”

Here's information, as supplied by the New York Lottery, showing the video gaming machine payback percentages for each of the state's racetracks for the one-year period from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013:

 

LOCATION

PAYBACK %

Monticello

92.03

Finger Lakes

91.70

Empire City

91.91

Saratoga

92.37

Tioga Downs

91.50

Resorts World

91.41

Fairgrounds

91.18

Vernon Downs

91.09

Batavia Downs

91.03

 

NORTH CAROLINA

North Carolina has one Indian casino. In August, 1994 the state's Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians signed a compact with the governor to allow forms of video gambling. According to the terms of the compact, the video machines must be games of skill and they are required to return a minimum of 83% and a maximum of 98%.

 

NORTH DAKOTA

North Dakota has more than 800 sites throughout the state that offer blackjack, with betting limits of $1-$25, for the benefit of charities.

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

The terms of the state's compact with the tribes require gaming machines to return a minimum of 80% and a maximum of 100%. However, if a machine is affected by skill, such as video poker or video blackjack, the machines must return a minimum of 83%.

OHIO

Ohio voters passed a statewide referendum in November 2009 to allow one casino to open in each of four major cities: Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus and Toledo.

For the 12-month period from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013, the slot payout percentages for Ohio casinos were as follows:

Horseshoe Cincinatti 91.58%*
Horseshoe Cleveland 90.26%
Hollywood Columbus 91.21%
Hollywood Toledo 91.00%

*Horseshoe Cincinatti opened in February 2013 and payback percentage only reflects February 2013 through June 2013.

OKLAHOMA

All Oklahoma Indian casinos are allowed to offer both Class II and Class III gaming machines.

Most casinos offer only Class II machines which look like slot machines, but are actually games of bingo and the spinning video reels are for "entertainment purposes only." Some casinos also offer traditional Class III slots.

In either case, the gaming machines are not allowed to accept or payout in coins. All payouts must be done by a printed receipt or via an electronic debit card. No public information is available concerning the payback percentages on gaming machines in Oklahoma.

 

OREGON

Oregon law permits bars and taverns to have up to six video lottery terminals that offer various versions of video poker. Racetracks are allowed to have no more than 10 machines. The maximum bet allowed is $2 and the maximum payout on any machine is capped at $600.

These machines are the same as regular video gaming devices but are called lottery terminals because they are regulated by the state's lottery commission which receives a share of each machine’s revenue. The machines accept cash but do not pay out in cash; instead, they print out a receipt which must be taken to a cashier.

According to figures from the Oregon Lottery, during its fiscal year from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013, the VLT’s had an approximate return of 92.56%.

There are nine Indian casinos in operation in Oregon. According to the governor’s office which regulates the Tribe’s compacts, "there is no minimum payback percentage required on the Tribe’s machines. Each Tribe is free to set their own limits on their machines."

 

PENNSYLVANIA

Following is information from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board re­garding average slot payout percentages for the one-year period from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013:

CASINO

PAYBACK %

Mount Airy

92.10

Parx Casino

92.69

Presque Isle

92.15

Hollywood Casino at Penn National

90.26

Sands Bethlehem

92.85

The Meadows

94.24

Mohegian Sun at Pocono Downs

89.92

Harrah's Philadelphia

91.38

The Rivers

91.68

Sugar House

90.97

Valley Forge

91.82

 

RHODE ISLAND

Rhode Island has two pari-mutuel facilities which both feature video lottery terminals (VLT's). These machines are the same as regular video gaming devices but are called lottery terminals because they are regulated by the state's lottery commission which receives a share of each machine's revenue. The machines accept cash but don't pay out in cash; instead, they print out a receipt which must be taken to a cashier.

All VLT's are programmed to play at least six different games: blackjack, keno, slots and three versions of poker (jacks or better, joker poker and deuces wild).

According to figures from the Rhode Island Lottery for the one-year period from August 1, 2012 through July 31, 2013 the average VLT return at Twin River was 91.47% and at Newport Grand it was 91.60%.

 

SOUTH CAROLINA

South Carolina has two gambling cruise ships which sail three miles out into international waters where casino gambling is permitted. Since the casino boats travel in international waters they are free from regulations and the machines can be set to pay back whatever the operators want without regard to a minimum payback percentage.

 

SOUTH DAKOTA

Here are statistics from the South Dakota Commission on Gaming for the payback percentages on all of Deadwood’s slot machines for the one-year period from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013:

Denomination

Payback %

1¢ Slots

90.94

5¢ Slots

91.16

25¢ Slots

90.99

$1 Slots

92.31

$5 Slots

92.61

Average

91.60

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.

 

TEXAS

Texas has one Indian casino which offers gaming machines based on bingo. It also offers pull tab machines, bingo, poker and a player-banked blackjack game where each player must pay a commission to the house for each bet that is made. The commission is 50¢ for $3-$50 bets and $1 for bets over $50. The minimum gambling age is 21 and the casino is open 24 hours daily.

Class II video gaming devices look like slot machines, but are actually bingo games and the spinning reels are for “entertainment purposes only.” No public information is available concerning the payback percentages on any gaming machines in Texas’ Indian casino.

 

WASHINGTON

There are 28 Indian casinos operating in Washington and they all have compacts with the state allowing them to offer table games, as well as electronic ‘scratch’ ticket games which use a finite number of tickets with a predetermined number of winners and losers.

All of the state’s Tribes are not required to release information on their slot machine percentage paybacks. However, according to the terms of the compact between the Tribes and the state, the minimum prize payout for electronic ‘scratch’ ticket games is 75%.

 

WEST VIRGINIA

West Virginia has four pari-mutuel facilities that feature video lottery terminals. The VLT's are the same as regular video gaming devices but are called lottery terminals because they are regulated by the state's lottery commission which receives a share of each machine's revenue.

The maximum allowable bet on a machine is $2 and there is no limit on the prize payouts. Most of the gaming machines pay out coins or tokens, but there are also some machines which will only print out a receipt which must be taken to a cashier.

West Virginia law requires that VLT’s return a minimum of 80% to a maximum of 95%. VLT games include: slots, blackjack, keno and numerous versions of poker.

For the one-year period from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013 the average return on VLT’s was: 92.09% at Mountaineer Park,  89.52% at Tri-State Park, 91.09% at Wheeling Island and 89.95% at Charles Town Races.

 

WISCONSIN

All Wisconsin casinos are located on Indian reservations and the Indian tribes are not required to release information on their slot machine percentage paybacks. However, according to the terms of the compact between the state and the tribes "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

Wyoming has Indian casinos that offer Class II bingo-type gaming machines, plus traditional Class III slot machines.

The machines don't pay out in cash. Instead they print out a receipt which must be cashed by a floor attendant or taken to the cashier's cage. You can also make bets via a cashless system whereby you get a "smart" card and deposit money to that card's account. The machines will then deducts losses from, or credit wins to, your account.

No public information is available regarding the payback percentages on Wyoming's gaming machines.

 

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