Why Are Slots Becoming More Volatile?

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In response to the question we previously answered about why bonuses can pay nothing, a player was curious about the trend more broadly of slots getting more volatile:

Why are games becoming more volatile ? How will this effect casino players or attract new ones with high volatility?

Christine N.

The trend of slots becoming more volatile is one reason why many players see their budgets not lasting as long.

We’ve heard the anecdote many times that when players are surveyed, they say they dislike the trend of slots becoming more volatile. And then when the numbers are crunched about which slots are doing the best on casino floors, the more volatile slots are the ones getting the most play.

There are companies now like Eilers and Krecjik and Reelmetrics who are able to provide casinos with data that tells them which slots are performing best, at which bet levels and so on, which can help casinos optimize their floors. And these scenarios tend to play out across the country, and aren’t as casino-specific as many used to think they are. (There are exceptions, like Triple Fortune Dragon, but those tend to be a small percentage.)

The reports highlight what we all probably instinctively know – the pot games are drawing attention, the harder games are getting played more. And casinos are putting more in because that’s what players indicate they want with their gambling budgets.

Fortunately, not all slots are becoming more volatile – game makers know not all players prefer this and make games of various types to ensure all players have something to enjoy. We recently shared a list of low volatility slots that can help you seek them out as well.

But the reason why slot volatility continues to rise is because of us, the players. If we didn’t play it, game makers wouldn’t offer it.

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