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High volatile slots, High volatility, low volatility, variance and rtp. You see these terms quite often, but what do they mean? It is really important that you are aware of the mechanics of a slot prior to playing one. This can save you a lot of money and frustration!
To start of with the ‘rtp’, which is probably the most important one. It means Return To Player and indicates how much a slot will return to players on average. This does not guarantee anything. You could walk away with a lot more or a lot less (what would be the point of playing if this wasn’t the case right?). The RTP usually lies somewhere between 90- and 99%. If for instance, the RTP of a slot is 96,45%, the house edge on that slot is 3,55%. For every £/€/$ 100, the slot pays out £/€/$ 96,45. So how does a player win you might ask. Well, these numbers are average. This is where variance starts to come in. RTP alone doesn’t tell the whole story about your slot experience; you need to know slot volatility!
What is slot Volatility?
Slot volatility basically means the amount of risk that comes with a game. In other words: how many times and how big do you win during a game session? Slots with low volatility will payout small amounts often, while high volatility slots can give you no win for a long time and then suddenly give a series of big wins.
Let’s say we take two slots with the same RTP of 97%. One has a high volatility and one has a low volatility. We start off with with £/€/$ 100 and do 100 spins of £/€/$ 1. On the low volatility slot, we probably hit between one or three bonus games and end up between the range of £/€/$ 75 and £/€/$ 125. With the high volatility slot, chances are we hit no bonus game at all and lose all of our money! Something that will never happen on a low volatility slot. On the other hand, we might also end up with £/€/$ 900-1100. Something that also never happens on a low volatility slot.
The question is: how do you end up on the good side of the volatility? How to win on high volatile slots?
How to win on high volatility slots
Before you start thinking of playing high volatility slots, you must be sure about two things: you have a lot of reserve cash and a lot of time. You also need patience as you can look at unsatisfying spins for a long time. The high volatility slots are designed for the big win experience, but this comes at a cost. You have to be comfortable with the idea of walking away without that big win if you run out of time and money. Not something a lot of people can do. It doesn’t mean things always go down this road though. You could be winning a great deal on your first spin. Just be prepared in advance on what might happen.
If you just want to enjoy the thrill of many bonus games, we advise you to play low volatility slots instead. These can win you money just the same. Winning at high volatility slots means that you take the time and reserve the money to sit out a possible dry spell. Wins will come eventually. The keyword with high volatility slots is discipline. It is a matter of stamina and you have to decide whether you are up for it!
Where can I see the volatility of a game?
Don’t judge a book by its cover. While you will be likely to find the rtp of games shown, the volatility is something that even game publishers sometimes don’t tell casinos or players. EuroCasino tries to be as transparent as possible about rtp and volatile slots, but sometimes we lack the data to make a call. In that case you can look for information on Google or play X spins with a very low amount (or play the demo) to see what the slot does for you. You will get a feeling of the volatility soon enough. A third option is to look at the payout table of a game, if you see potential wins of x1500 your stake (for example), there is a big chance the volatility is at least medium.
When do I try out low volatility slots?
Maybe you have been reading this and thought: this is not for me. I don’t have these surpluses in time or money or I just don’t like taking large risks like that. It could also be you are not in it to win it, you simply enjoy playing the game and like when a lot happens on your screen. Low volatility means you will probably never get bored and that is worth something! It’s also not true that you can’t win on low volatility games, they’re just seldom as impressive as high volatility slots wins.
Switching from low to high volatility
Because you are not a highroller today, doesn’t mean you can’t be one tomorrow. Being a casino player can sometimes feel like a marathon. One step forward, two steps back or vice versa. If you did win quite a lot on low volatility slots, you can withdraw these winnings or decide to take it a step higher and play higher volatility slots to see if you can increase your winnings by a multifold.
Another word for volatility you might come across is variance. No reason to get confused; they both mean exactly the same. There is no good versus bad in volatility, it is just a personal preference or style of gambling. It’s easy to think that low volatility pays out more, but if this was the case all the high rollers would be playing Starburst (spoiler, they don’t).
Our top ten high volatility slots
- Reactoonz: This Play ‘N Go successor of Energoonz might look childish and silly, but make no mistake: you can win serious money on this slot! The many hectic animations and space sounds make that this slot will keep you focussed on winning those unlimited high rewards!
- Beowulf: Pragmatic Play really did a great job on this one. A possible 2500x your bet on each spin sounds like a great way to get some insane wins. Do note that Quickspin also has a Beowulf slot game, but with lower volatility. This is a typical high volatility game that can feel boring at times when not winning
- Bonanza: this mining slot game from Big Time Gaming is all about digging for gold. Literally. When you find the letters g,o,l,d you will possibly enter a prize frenzy that is almost unprecedented by any other slot! As with most slots on this list, key is patience.
- Dead or alive: DOA as this game is often called, is a 2009 NetEnt production. Even though the graphics aren’t as impressive as they were 10 years ago, the game is still immensely popular. This game is highly volatile and is notorious for it’s epic wins.
- 300 shields: one of the first real high volatile slots in the market! Nextgen took inspiration from the movie 300 and created a game that can get you 300.000 your bet! Sure the graphics are outdated, but the nostalgia and gameplay make up for it.
- BerryBurst MAX: NetEnt caters all players by releasing both BerryBurst and BerryBurst MAX, with the latter being
- Diamond empire: From all the high volatility slots on the list, this one’s a bit on the lower side. A beginners high volatility slot so to speak. Microgaming is the creator of this little gem that only has 3 reels and 15 paylines, but still offers a relatively high volatility.
- Jungle spirit: This is one of the few NetEnt games with 243 paylines. This slot combines great graphics with fun gameplay and big wins. Making Jungle Spirit an interesting and fun high volatile slot, something you don’t see to often.
- Raging Rhino: this Williams (WMS) slot is known from both it’s online variant as well as the land-based slot machines. Raging Rhino is probably the highest volatile slot of WMS with the 4096 possible winning combinations on every spin.
- Extra Chilli: If you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen! Extra Chilli is another Big Time Gaming slot and is considered by many as the sequel to Bonanza. This game is extremely popular.
These are not the only titles of course. We left out titles such as Immortal Romance, Montezuma and several ‘Book of …’ titles. Are you ready to risk it to get the biscuit? You are very welcome at our casino!