We’re halfway through 2018 and figured it would be a good time to check in on the Nevada Gaming Control Board’s Gaming Revenue Reporting – allowing us to help you find the loosest slots in Las Vegas. We will be looking specifically at “non-restricted” locations (essentially the big casinos) and their data from the past year (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018). Additionally, we will identify which table games were the most/least friendly to players over that same time frame.
The reporting we’re looking at doesn’t drill down to the individual casino level, rather, groupings of casinos by geography. We’ll be able to help you identify the casinos in each reporting zone with machines featuring a lower casino win percentage (or hold) so you can chase bigger payouts.
As a matter of housekeeping, casino “win percentage” is defined as the % of the total amount of money wagered by the player that the casino held as profit. For instance, a 10% casino win percentage means to the casino, on average, kept 10 cents on every dollar wagered on slots.
Looking at the chart below, you can see that the loosest slots in and around Vegas are not found on the Strip itself. In fact, the more “touristy” the location it seems the tighter slots get. Slot machines on the Las Vegas Strip had a win percentage of 8.04%, Downtown Las Vegas wasn’t much better at 7.33%.
Slots in the Reno / Boulder reporting areas paid out at a more generous clip with a 5.38% and 5.66% casino win percentage respectively.
Since the area immediately surrounding Las Vegas is divvied up in to separate reporting areas, it can be difficult to know which casinos fall into which.
Casinos in the looser Boulder reporting area include: Sam’s Town, Eastside Cannery, Arizona Charlie’s, Boulder Station, Sunset Station, M Resort and Green Valley Ranch.
Casinos in the North Las Vegas include: Jerry’s Nugget, Silver Nugget, Fiesta Hotel and Casino, Texas Station, Cannery and Aliante.
What denomination of slot machine has been the loosest over the past 12 months? It won’t surprise you to learn that, generally, the larger the denomination, the looser the slots get. Megabucks were, by far, the tightest slots in Vegas at a whopping 11.30% casino win percentage. Penny slots, the most popular denomination, were not very generous at a 9.88% casino win rate.
Keep in mind, if you play 75 or more credits on a penny machine, you can play a larger denomination without increasing your bet and improve your slot chances.
Now, we’ll shift our focus away from the slots and take a peek at sports betting. Football, basketball and baseball all gave the house a small win rate of between 3%-7%. The book capitalizes, however on parlay cards where they kept a whopping 22.59% of wagers over the past year.
Lastly, we look at what table games took a larger percentage of player money and which treated the player the best over the past year.
It’s important to note that the casino win percentage on table games refer to the percentage of the player’s buy in that was eventually won by the house. For instance, if a player bought into a blackjack game for $20, played for an hour and cashed out for $10 the house win rate would be 50% because they took half of the buy in.
Looking at the chart below, you can see that 3-Card Poker was the worst game for players as the casino had a 31.79% win rate.
Below, you can see that Mini Baccarat (12.59%), Baccarat (13.29%), Craps (15.22%) and Blackjack (13.98%) are games players found the most success playing over the past year based on the house win rate.
Increase your odds on table games by staying away from the additional side bets that generally feature an increased house edge. When playing craps, focus your energy on the free odds bet behind the pass line and shy away from playing the more exotic bets in the middle of the table.
Generally speaking, if you are looking for a looser slot machine in Las Vegas, you’ll want to migrate to casinos off the beaten path and play denominations greater than penny slots. On the tables, you’ll want to stick to the classics like blackjack and craps ensuring you steer clear of 6/5 blackjack and circus side bets. Good luck and win big in Vegas!