I recently wrote an article about the best Christmas pokies from Microgaming. In fairness, though, I thought I should also promote the creations of one of their competitors. Therefore, I present this list of the top Christmas poker machines from Realtime Gaming (often known as “RTG”).

RTG Payback Percentages

Before you play a pokie from Realtime Gaming, there’s something you should be aware of. While a lot of companies create slots with fixed payback percentages, RTP games can be adjusted by the casino. This means that playing the game at two different sites can result in two different long-term paybacks.

If the casino desires a low payback, the setting can be dropped to 91%. This is well below average and should be avoided whenever possible. That is, of course, if you’re even aware of it.

The medium RTP can be set around 95%, which is just short of average for an online pokie. I know of at least a few casinos that have selected this option.

The high payout option is 97.5%. It’s nice to know this option exists, but I have a hard time believing any casino would actually use it. However, hope springs eternal.

Finding These Pokies

The poker machines on this list can be found at any casino offering Realtime Gaming products. For Aussie punters, some of the more reputable options include Ace Pokies, Ignition Casino, Uptown Pokies, Joe Fortune, and FairGo Casino.

Naughty or Nice

This pokie features two of Santa’s buxom helpers, as well as a stern-looking Mrs. Claus. It offers 50 paylines, as well as a progressive jackpot that’s available during all phases of the game. The bonus game awards 10 free spins and allows the player to select the “Naughty” or “Nice” icon as a bonus substitute. This is a basic game, but it’s ideal for those who enjoy sexy poker machines.

Naughty or Nice: Spring Break

This sequel sends Santa and his lovely helpers to the beach. There are minor and major progressives, as well as a bonus feature. The latter allows the player to choose Naughty or Nice. The former awards 10 free spins with triple prizes, extra bonus symbols, or a trio of wild reels. The latter delivers 12 free spins with double payouts, grouped wilds, or 500x payouts for Nice symbols. If you enjoyed the original game, you’re sure to lose this sunny follow-up.

Virtual reels for Naughty or Nice 3, a virtual pokie from Realtime Gaming.

Naughty or Nice III

This 5-reel, 30-payline pokie is the third game in the popular trilogy. Santa and his lovely assistants are still at the beach, and anyone familiar with its predecessors should know what to expect. Three or more scatters activate the bonus and award seven free spins. If you choose Naughty for the bonus, she’ll either cover reel one during bonus spins or count for scatters. Choose Nice and watch her cover reels four or five during the free games. There’s also the obligatory progressive jackpot to aim for.

Rudolph’s Revenge

There’s no progressive jackpot, but this pokie is still a lot of fun. Rudolph has had enough, and he’s taking his frustration out on Santa and all the other residents of the North Pole. This game was released in 2009, and it actually holds the distinction of being the company’s first 50-payline release. Scatter wins are worth 20x the initial wager, and these symbols are quite common when the free spins feature is triggered (which should lead to bonus re-triggers). An oldie but a goodie.

The Nice List

This 5-reel slot has 1,024 ways to win. The bonus round is triggered by three or more scatters, and you’ll get two options to choose from. The first is Santa Spins, which awards 15 free games with doubled payouts. The second is The Nice List, where you select Christmas stockings to earn multipliers, expanding wilds, and bonus games before embarking on 10 free spins.