Which Indiana casinos, games offer the best return to players?

Every slot machine and every table game inside every Indiana casino is designed and operated in such a way that the casino always wins in the long run.

Players can hit a lucky hand at the tables from time to time or receive a large sum of money when the slot’s bonus game hits a jackpot. But no matter how much a casino pays out to its players on any given day, it will come out ahead over time.

Depending on the casino a player visits, however, the player may have a slightly better chance of walking away with more money when ready to go home.

Data contained in the Indiana Gaming Commission’s (IGC) 2022 Annual Report – which covers the period from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022 – shows exactly how much money players have made at each of the 12 commercial casinos in the Status for each game type available.

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According to the report, Hoosiers wagered $20.9 billion on the state’s 14,661 slot machines in 2022, compared to the $2.2 billion they lost playing the 658 casino table games.

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Last year’s statewide slot, or casino winnings after paying winning bettors, totaled $2.05 billion, according to IGC data.

Or, put another way, of the nearly $21 billion deposited in Indiana slot machines in fiscal year 2022, 90.2% of the money was returned to players and 9 .8% was retained by the casinos.

Naturally, the return to player percentage varies by casino depending on how the managers of each property think their slots should be “tight” or “loose” to encourage additional play and return visits.

According to the IGC, the 2022 return-to-player percentages of slot machines in Northwest Indiana casinos were, from highest to lowest: 91.1%, Blue Chip Casino, Michigan City; 90.7%, Ameristar Casino, East Chicago; 90.2% Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana, Gary; 89.9% Horseshoe Casino, Hammond.

Statewide, French Lick Casino had the highest return on slots at 91.2%, just a tick better than Blue Chip.

At the other end of the spectrum, players at Horseshoe Indianapolis, which has the same parent company – Caesars Entertainment – as Horseshoe Hammond, only got back 89.5% of the money they invested in slot machines. under last year, according to the IGC.

These payback percentages, while ensuring Indiana casinos are still making money from their slots, are still significantly better than the Hoosier lottery, which only brought in 66.8% of 1 $.7 billion Hoosiers spent on lottery tickets last year, the data shows.

When it comes to table games, casinos in northwest Indiana have an outsized effect on state results, accounting for 60% of annual table games, but accounting for only one-third of Indiana casino properties.

Overall, the return to player in 2022 for Indiana table games was 77.8%. Although different games vary a bit in their ROI, according to the IGC.

Baccarat last year overtook blackjack as the most popular table game for the first time in state history, thanks in large part to unprecedented levels of baccarat play in the play area. baccarat specialty at Hard Rock Casino which opened on May 14, 2021, as a replacement for Gary’s former Majestic Star casinos on Lake Michigan.

Not surprisingly, baccarat also offered the highest return to player of any table game in Indiana with 81.4% of money deposited at baccarat tables returning to baccarat players.

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In northwest Indiana, the most skilled baccarat players seemed to favor Ameristar Casino, where last year the baccarat return to player was 86.8%. It was 82.8% at Horseshoe Casino and 79.7% at Hard Rock, according to the IGC.

Hoosier blackjack players across the state made back 78.8% of the money they bet. At regional casinos, return to player for blackjack last year was 83.6% at Blue Chip, 82.8% at Ameristar, 79.3% at Hard Rock and 76.7% at Horseshoe.

The statewide return to player for other casino table games was 76% for craps; 74.9% for roulette; and 73.3% for various house poker games, such as Four Card Poker, Three Card Poker, and Ultimate Texas Hold-Em, among others.

In total, Hoosiers bet $4.5 billion on sporting events last year, including $380 million in sports bets placed directly in casinos (9%) and $4.1 billion through betting operators online athletes (91%), according to the IGC.

Sports betting’s return to the player, 92.6%, was higher than other forms of gambling, as sports betting generally tries to set its odds to ensure nearly equal action on both sides of every bet offered, so that the losers’ money will pay the winners. with a fraction retained by the sports book.