The slots started with one-armed bandits at the time when players used a lever to spin the reels. Since the release of the slot machine itself, slot machines have come a long way. From hand-operated slots with computer chips that drive random number generators (RNGs), to digital reels with computer-coded algorithmic RNGs, modern slots in both land-based and brick-and-mortar casinos as well as online casinos have gone digital.
Many of the online slots you see in land-based casinos can also be found online. Companies such as Ainsworth and Play’n Go are known for their multi-platform slot releases that can be played on mobile devices, desktops, laptops and touchscreen monitors in slot cabinets found in casinos such as Casino De Montreal, Quebec and Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas.
Despite the close relationship between online and offline slots, there are still some key differences between the two styles of play. After some research, we found out that online slots are actually better than land-based slots, and here’s why.
Land-based casino slots and online slots offer a variety of slot themes
This is one of the key differences between land-based slots and online slots. However, there are hundreds of slot games in online casinos that are not available in online casinos and hundreds of online casinos that are not available online. If you happen to be someone who plays both, then you have a much wider selection of themes and features than someone who only plays online slots or only land-based slots.
Online slots offer better RTP than land-based slots
If you start researching the RTP (return to player) in land-based casinos, you will find that the percentages are quite low. Some only offer 85% with the highest RTP found being around 94%. There are many online slots with RTP 94% now, but we have never seen one as low as 85%. In fact, most online slots from Microgaming and NetEnt have an RTP of around 96%, with some slots exceeding 98%.
The obvious limitations of land-based casinos are that they can only attract local players and people who come to the casino during their holidays. In addition, many of those who visit the casino do not play slots. On the other hand, online casinos have an almost unlimited number of people as there are limited location restrictions. Now, most progressive jackpot slots build their jackpots by taking a percentage of every bet made by the player.
The more people play, the faster the jackpot will accumulate and reach the point where it will pay out the lucky winner. With people playing online slots through their mobile and desktop computers 24 hours a day, online progressive slots accumulate their jackpots faster and pay out faster than land-based slots.
Online progressive jackpot slots pay out much bigger jackpots
With land-based slots, usually connected to their own mini-progressive jackpot network, the casino has been able to generate some pretty massive jackpot payouts. However, it takes a long time for them to reach the jackpot, which can be paid once or twice a year.
Land-based casinos usually set a fairly low jackpot threshold just because the jackpot payout is big news for casino PR. The casino will want to showcase their jackpot winners as often as possible. As a result of the low threshold, land-based progressive jackpots rarely reach the dizzying heights we see