RTP, or Return to Player, is a term used in the gambling industry to describe the percentage of all the wagered money a slot machine or other casino game will pay back to players over time.
Imagine RTP as a kind of crystal ball that gives you a peek into the generosity of the slot machine. It's like the game's giving spirit! A higher RTP means the machine, on average, tends to give back a bit more of the dough that players put into it. But remember, this is over a long period and countless spins, so it doesn't mean you're guaranteed to win that percent every time you play. It's more like... the slot's long-term promise to all its players combined.
For example, if a slot machine has an RTP of 96%, it means that, theoretically, it will return 96% of all money wagered on it back to players in the form of winnings over a long period of time and countless spins. The remaining 4% is the house edge, the profit the casino expects to make from the game.
It's important to note that RTP is a statistical calculation and is typically measured over many thousands or even millions of spins. Therefore, the RTP isn't a guarantee of what will happen in any particular session of play. A player could win a jackpot within a few spins or could have a long series of losses.
In general, games with a higher RTP are more generous to the player, returning more of the money wagered on them over the long run. However, the difference between a game with a 96% RTP and one with a 94% RTP is very small in the short run, so it's always important to play responsibly and not bet more than you can afford to lose.