Best Payout Casinos
The best-payout casinos are easy to find online. Several publications offer details of the payout rate for the top Internet casino sites. You might only be able to find one month per year that is closely covered (at least for online eyes), but you can extract a lot of information from the data offered.
That isn't to say the numbers give a perfect view of how much casinos seek to pay back gamblers. Just like live casinos, the online websites can't manipulate their numbers so well that they can hit their target numbers on the dot. For a game of chance to be legal, you have to be gambling on the odds. But the house edge yields a set of probabilities that the final numbers should get close to, especially in the casinos with a high volume of play. The more hands, spins, or rolls are bet upon, the more likely the expected return is likely to look like the final payout rate.
What Payout Reports Mean
As I mentioned, just because one casino sits at the top of one month's numbers, that doesn't mean they will do that the month before or the month after. Over the course of a simple 30 days, a lot of deviation gets into the numbers. The expected payback on a site's most popular slots might be one number, but one big jackpot can throw those numbers way off for the month. Or the lack of a big payout can lower the overall numbers for a casino which plans to have the lowest house edge--therefore they highest payouts. As they say, it's gambling.
Still, the numbers are what they are, meaning past numbers are the closest answer you'll get to which casinos are offering the best odds now. Casinos can say they offer this or that, but unless you're willing to crunch the numbers on all the games (or know the payouts on your favorite games by heart), it's hard to say which offer the best games. My suggestion is you learn the expected return on your favorite games and know how to spot alterations to the basic formula. If you like blackjack, learn what a switch from 3:2 payouts to some other ratio means to the odds of a game of blackjack. Know how to spot the best video poker games, along with how to learn whether an online casino offers imprisonment rules on their double-zero roulette. These are the ways you'll assure you have the best odds online. Now let's look at some numbers.
Summer 2013 Payout Reports
The numbers I list below are the total payout reports for all games at the following top casinos, including blackjack, craps, roulette, keno, video poker, slots, specialty games, and other assorted table games. I did not include the numbers for the slot machines by themselves, because I wanted to show which casinos offered the best all-around casino experience over the period covered (mainly June of 2013).
- 97.35% - Bet365 Casino - Playtech Software
- 97.25% - Ladbrokes Casino - Microgaming Software
- 96.95% - Mummy's Gold Casino - Microgaming
- 96.81% - 32 Red Casino - Microgaming
- 96.60% - 888casino - 888 Proprietary Software
- 96.53% - William Hill Casino - Playtech
- 96.13% - All Jackpots Casino - Microgaming
- 95.77% - Spin Palace - Microgaming
- 94.93% - Party Casino - Party Gaming Software
You'll want to cherry-pick information to suit your gaming needs, while you'll want to know how to analyze the numbers and to learn which site gives you what you want.
For instance, Spin Palace Casino sits near the bottom on this list, but this was hurt by their incredibly high house edge on their slot machines (92.11% payouts for a gigantic 7.89% house edge). I'll guess Spin Palace didn't pay out any big progressive jackpots that month, which lowered their overall payouts for the whole month on everything. Since slots make up as much as 70% of the revenues for certain casinos, those low numbers hurt their final payout rates (from a player's perspective). But if you weren't playing the slots, that means the payouts on the other casino games like blackjack, craps, and roulette were much higher. This would lift the table game numbers to the top of the rankings.
Best Payouts on Slot Machines
Just so you'll know, the best payouts on the slots for the month were Mummy's Gold, 32red, AllJackpots, and Jackpot City. These were the seven casino sites with final slots numbers over 96%.
Best Payouts on Table Games
Since the top payout casinos like Ladbrokes and Bet 365 weren't listed among those numbers, that means their table game payouts were off the charts. Since blackjack, roulette, and craps don't have big progressive jackpots to pay out, the deviation on these games should be flatter from month to month. That means you should expect better blackjack odds from Bet365, William Hill, Ladbrokes Online, and 888 Casino on a monthly basis.
Top Payout Rates for Online Casinos
These numbers are changing constantly, of course. Even the numbers offered are still a small idea of the wider world of online gambling out there. The poker rooms, sports books, and racing books associated with each of these brand names would likely look a whole lot different. Other online brands might offer better odds, if you looked at more of the Playtech and Cryptologic payouts, or you looked at online software development companies like IGT, RTG, or Rival Gaming. The numbers listed were supposed to be the best for the month, but even these might be cherry-picked by the presenters, hoping to lure you to their favorite casinos. That's why I wanted to give a report based upon all the information I had and not some sampling. I wish a list of comprehensive payout numbers for online casinos existed in one place, but with all the online operators, software design companies, licensing authorities, and jurisdictions, that would be a tall order. These should give a good idea of the payout numbers for some of the top casinos online, though.