A Volatile Relationship

When discussing the relative merits of different slot machines, you can often find industry types and hardcore slot jockeys sagely murmuring about ‘volatility’. Indeed you may even have noticed that many of the Pragmatic Play slots that grace Neon Jackpot (Asgard and Master Chen’s Fortune being prime examples in our Player Favourites list) have a volatility rating prominently displayed on their intro screens. But what on earth is volatility? And why should you care?


The essence of volatility is the degree to which something can deviate from an expected average behaviour. How that relates to slots is linked to the overall ‘feel’ of the player experience. We’ve previously written about the Return to Player (RTP) figures that all our games advertise, and in brief summary this is a measure of the ‘average behaviour’ of a game with respect to how much it pays out in winnings as a percentage of all stakes wagered on it over time. What volatility signals is how those winnings tend to flow back to players. Keeping things simple, the broad concept with respect to slots is this; low volatility slots trigger wins more often, but with smaller individual pays more likely. High volatility slots trigger wins less frequently, but with those wins likely to payout more handsomely.


The issue of considering volatility with respect to your slot choices can be boiled down to a reasonably simple question. How do you like to win? If you get the buzz from regular wins from spins, then lower volatility slots such as Starburst are more likely to deliver that thrill. Prefer to play a waiting game that is biased towards bigger individual wins when they arrive? Then high volatility games like Ancient Egypt Classic are your better bet. We leave it with you to answer that question . . . just be assured that we cater for all tastes here so whatever your preference we’ve got oodles of choices to suit your style!