A summary of the payout percentages of casino games

When you sign in to play at our Thunderbolt online casino, you might find that you don’t have a particular preference for one game over another. Maybe you enjoy them all or perhaps you simply like the action, as opposed to one set of rules over another. 

Regardless, if you decide to choose your game based on the game’s payout, you might want to do a little research.  The payout percentages of the different types of games vary widely.  Some of the simplest ones, which might be attractive to someone looking for an easy gaming event, have extremely low payout values.  Conversely, many of the games that involves a high degree of strategizing and skill make it worth your while with a high payout percentage.

In general, games to avoid, based on their payout percentage, include roulette, craps and baccarat. Games to pursue for a high payout involve blackjack and poker. 

Slot machines are in a category all of their own so you need to regard them a bit differently than you would consider the table and card games. There are variables in the slots games – such as progressive jackpots and bonus rounds – that you don’t find in other games.

Some things to keep in mind when choosing your online game include:

50-50 payouts

Online baccarat and blackjack are probably the easiest games to learn in which players have a near-even chance of winning on each wager that they place. These types of games are favorites of advantage players because they both have a low house edge. Because of the low learning curve, beginners can hold their own with these games.


Blackjack, also known as Twenty One, is the king of all casino games. It’s popular with players around the world and enjoys particular favor among Australian and New Zealand players.

The objective of blackjack is to beat the dealer's hand, get 21 on your first two cards or force the dealer to bust (go over 21).  If the player achieves a natural blackjack the payout is 3/2 on the bet. If the player goes bust or if the dealer's hand is higher than the player's hand the bet wagered on that hand is lost.

The game of blackjack offers the best odds of winning for those players who are aware of the variables that affect the odds.  The variables are cumulative, meaning that the real house edge for the blackjack table is the standard house edge minus the rules against you plus all the rules in your favor.  

Many casinos offer a live dealer blackjack game where you can watch the dealer shuffle the cards via live streaming software.  If that option isn’t available, make sure that the casino at which you’re playing uses accredited software and games from licensed developers.


The goal in a game of baccarat is to get as close to 9 as possible. In baccarat, you have the opportunity to bet on your own hand, as in blackjack, or bet on the banker’s hand.

There are 3 main types of baccarat bets.  The “Banker” bet is probably the best option because it has the lowest house edge. The player bet, while featuring a lower house edge  but it’s favored by many knowledgeable players because it doesn’t have a commission to be paid to the House.  The third bet type, the Tie Bet, is the most lucrative bet but the odds are low that a tie bet will win. The house edge is highly unfavorable and the bet is the riskiest type of baccarat bet. 

Payout for “Player” and “Banker” bet is 1-1. Payout for a “Tie” bet is 8-1 or, sometimes, 9-1, depending on the casino.

Baccarat also gives a number of side bet options. Those bets are optional and differ from one online casino to the other. The payoff and house edge for these side bets vary as well. Some of the most popular side bets are the Dragon 7, Dragon Bonus, Perfect Pair, Panda 8 and Big and Small bets


Slot machines don’t deliver the highest payouts percentages. Payout percentages average  from 93  to 97%. On the other hand, online slots have the potential to deliver random jackpots which can reach up into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The slots payout percentage depends on the player – how many paylines are being activated and at what level are they being activated.  The more activated paylines, and the higher the bet per payline, the higher the payout.  

Casino experts say that, since the average slot payouts are so high, players are almost guaranteed to lose the winnings if they continue playing on the same machine for a long period of time.  For that reason, slots gamers should rotate machines as much as possible.