Best I can tell, there are 24 large-scale places to play slot machines in Florida, including tribal casinos, casino ships, and racinos. There are many small-scale slots play available in small retail settings, usually gas stations and liquor stores, and the like. While I haven’t played at every big slot spot in Florida, I’ve been to more than a dozen, and I’ve done my time in roadside slots parlors in the Sunshine State, too.
The best payout casinos in Florida are Hialeah Park, Magic City Casino, and Miami Jai Alai. The loosest slot games in Florida are Monopoly Megaways and The Vault. The most popular slot machine games in Florida casinos and racinos are Crazy Rich Asians and Zeus Power Link.
I’ll walk you through the current state of slot gambling in Florida in terms of payout and return statistics, and then I’ll share my thoughts on the loosest Florida slots in 2021.
Florida Slot Machine Returns & Payouts
Florida is one of a handful of US states that offers slots fans significant statistics about the games available. The Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation publishes statistical information broken down by month, year, and casino site.
What you won’t find are specific stats on individual slot machine payouts or returns. There aren’t numbers broken down by denomination or type of machine either. All we have are average return to player percentages for all slot games at specific casinos on a month-by-month basis.
Still, this gives us a lot more to work with than in other states. For example, we can confidently say that slot machines in Florida have an average return to players of 92.1%. That number is down, by the way, over the past five years. In 2015, the average Florida slot payout was 92.46%.
Still, even at 92.1%, Florida slots players have among the country’s ten best theoretical return averages. New York is still king, with an average 93.75% payback, while West Virginia slots take up the rear, offering an average return of 89.72% – the only sub-90% average in America.
How much are Florida slot players spending? The state’s 7,268 slot machines took in more than $6 billion in wagers, paying out about $509 million less than they took in. An average slot machine in Florida brings in $70,102 in revenue, a daily average of $210 based on an average season of 280 days of gambling.
Which Casino in Florida Pays Out the Most?
Here’s a list of the highest paying casinos in Florida for the year 2020, the most recent full year for which we have monthly statistics:
Average # of slots available: 847
Average slot machine RTP 93.6%
Total payouts for 2020: $1,010,689,579
Average payout per machine per year: $1.1 million
Miami Jai Alai
Average # of slots available: 979
Average slot machine RTP 92.3%
Total payouts for 2020: $776,068,410
Average payout per machine per year: $793,000
The Casino at Dania Beach
Average # of slots available: 728
Average slot machine RTP 92%
Total payouts for 2020: $432,365,343
Average payout per machine per year: $594,000
Average # of slots available: 709
Average slot machine RTP 92%
Total payouts for 2020: $451,116,785
Average payout per machine per year: $636,000
Big Easy Casino
Average # of slots available: 704
Average slot machine RTP 91.6%
Total payouts for 2020: $340,632,849
Average payout per machine per year: $484,000
Calder Casino & Race Course
Average # of slots available: 1,103
Average slot machine RTP 91.1%
Total payouts for 2020: $961,239,690
Average payout per machine per year: $871,000
Flagler Dog Track & Magic City Casino
Average # of slots available: 794
Average slot machine RTP 91.1%
Total payouts for 2020: $1,138,933,533
Average payout per machine per year: $1.4 million
The Isle Casino & Racing at Pompano Park
Average # of slots available: 1,405
Average slot machine RTP 90.4%
Total payouts for 2020: $901,476,566
Average payout per machine per year: $642,000
Loosest Slots in Florida 2021 – Hialeah Park, Flagler Dog Track & Magic City Casino, and Miami Jai Alai
Based on the statistics I posted above, I can provide a few different answers to the question of “where are the loosest slots in Florida?”
In terms of average return to player, the loosest slots in Florida are at Hialeah Park in the suburbs of Miami. The average RTP for all slots at Hialeah Park is 93.6%, 1.5 percent above the state average. The average RTP at Hialeah Park is a big outlier, too – the next highest average return figure is 92.3% at Miami Jai Alai. These two slot sites are similar in size and player base, though the slots at Miami Jai Alai pay out hundreds of millions of dollars less every year than the games at Hialeah Park.
The slots at Flagler Dog Track & Magic City Casino are a bit of an outlier, too. Magic City usually has just fewer than 800 games available, but pays out way more cash than competitor venues, even though the site’s average RTP is below state average at 91.1%.
What this tells me about Magic City is that high denomination games are more popular there than at other Florida slot casinos. I don’t have data to back that up – the state doesn’t provide a breakdown by denomination – but I can tell by the fact that Magic City’s payouts are so much higher than sites with a similar number of games and wagers.
The Best Slots to Play in Florida in 2021
This is a totally unscientific answer to a totally unscientific question – “What’s the best slot to play in Florida in 2021?”
To be honest, the best slot to play is one that fits your budget and keeps you entertained.
However, based on what I see in Florida casinos, the two slot games below are popular no matter where I find them, and it can be hard to find a seat and play them during a casino’s busiest times.
Crazy Rich Asians Slot Machine
Based on the blockbuster 2018 movie of the same name, Crazy Rich Asians is as much a phenomenon in slot parlors as it was in cinemas. The game is a 5×5 grid of reels and symbols with up to 30 pay lines.
This is an Aristocrat game in a unique setup with a design to attract slot players’ attention. The machine’s tall, with a huge curving screen, bright, crisp colors, and videos from the popular film. Each bank of games is four machines attached at their edges in a circle – it makes a big visual impression, and it begs you to drop a few bets.
Aristocrats’ Crazy Rich Asians has five bonus features, including one that rewards jackpot multipliers, a bonus wheel that rewards instant cash prizes, progressive jackpots, and free spins round that rewards up to 15 winning free spins.
Zeus Power Link Slot Machine
Zeus Power Link is a huge game, with 7 reels and 6 rows of symbols, with 30 fixed pay lines. The big draw here is supposed to be the Super Wild feature. However, I think the game’s popularity in Florida has to do with it being a big game with loud sound effects, a lot of video effects, and pretty frequent bonuses and side features that make it a lot of fun to play.
The theme is pretty intense, with lots of animations (think lightning bolts) and sound effects (thunder claps and sounds of electricity), and well-designed symbols that call ancient mythology to mind. Bets pay off a little differently on this game – you earn different amounts for anywhere from three to seven symbols on a pay line, earning anywhere from 3x to 4,500x for standard symbol combinations.
It’s one of Florida’s more expensive games, with a max bet range between $0.20 and $20. The top fixed jackpot is 4,500 credits, or anywhere from $900 to $90,000.
The Loosest Slot Machines in Florida (2021)
Here’s my pick for the two loosest 2021 Florida slot machines:
Monopoly Megaways Slot – Hialeah’s Loosest Slot Machine
The manufacturer of Monopoly Megaways releases the game with an RTP as high as 97%, though your experience at any given Florida casino will likely be a little different. The high RTP comes from the fact that this is a Megaways slot with really high volatility, lots of features like bonuses, free spins, and multipliers, and a typical Monopoly slot side game. Max bets range from $0.20 to $20 per spin, and the top fixed jackpot is worth 14,700 credits, which could be worth as much as $29,400 depending on your credit size.
The Vault Slot – Miami’s Loosest Slot Machine
The average RTP for this game in Florida casinos is around 97%, making it among the loosest slot games found at casinos statewide. The Vault is a 5×3 slot with up to 20 pay lines. It’s a 3D slot, one of just two games released for the US market by game designer Snowborngames. The Vault has a futuristic heist theme, with gorgeous graphics, sound, and animations to support what’s otherwise a fairly weak theme. The top fixed prize is worth 5,000x your stake, with a max bet of between $0.40 and $40 per spin.
The best slot machines in Florida, and all of the loosest Florida slot machines, are at Hialeah Park, Magic City Casino, and Miami Jai Alai.
If you think I’ve overlooked a particular casino or slot machine game, please leave a comment so I can provide even better coverage of the best slot games in Florida in 2021.