How do progressive jackpots work?


Progressive slots list presented on our sites are games which are the most popular with players and profitable for the casinos. These are the games with progressive jackpots as the top prize. The progressive jackpot grows every time a player at any online casino all over the world plays that progressive slot. It happens because a small share from every bet goes to the progressive jackpot. Since players can play the same progressive in different online casinos the jackpot grows very quickly until someone hits it.

You can see the current size of one or another jackpot over the slot reels. Most progressives have set rules for players to follow in order to be eligible for the progressive jackpot. However, to tell the truth, the odds of hitting a progressive jackpot are quite low. You know that old joke about asking a man or a woman about the odds of finding a diamond in the middle of a bustling main street in New York. The guy says: “One in ten million”. The girl says: “One in two”. Why? Because it’s either going to happen or it’s not. It’s kind of the same with progressive jackpots. What’s important to remember is that in slots, if we’re talking professionally, no one event is linked to the previous event, so there is no use trying to calculate probability, because every estimation of a possible outcome is based on its relation to previous events. Every roll of the dice and the ball on roulette is an independent event. Therefore the chances of hitting a jackpot on an independent event are always one out of two. Casinos always take in money in the long run, hence the saying “the house always wins”, but that is a different kind of maths.

How to win a jackpot on slot machines

As a rule, the key to a progressive jackpot is hitting a predefined combination of symbols on a payline. However, nowadays more and more slots with a random jackpot appear. Perhaps, the most famous progressive slot with the random jackpot is Mega Moolah developed by the top gaming software provider, Microgaming. Actually, this game offers 4 tiered jackpots which can be won during the bonus game which is triggered randomly. Mega Moolah is probably the most famous name in the industry, although there are plenty of other fabulous slots, with winnings of millions and millions of Euros, although you have to remember that you need to keep hitting Max Bet to get into the queue for a progressive jackpot, which can be some serious money. In the end though that means bigger payouts too.

Another leading software development company, PlayTech has some unusual progressive slots in its portfolio. One of the recent additions to the family of PlayTech progressives is Marvel multi-level mystery progressive slots. These slots have 4 linked Progressive jackpots in fact. Marvel Progressives can be won during the bonus game triggered randomly, too. The Bonus Game is played on the grid with 20 squares which have different jackpot symbols each. To win any of the jackpots the player has to find 3 identical jackpot symbols.

PlayTech offers its players the Dollar Ball game which is the Progressive Sidegame. The player must make a side bet and to choose 5 numbers out of 49. Then during the main game 5 numbers will fall out. If all 5 numbers are identical to those chosen by the player, the Dollar Ball Progressive Jackpot is hit.

RealTime Gaming offers a lot of slots with random jackpots. The random progressive jackpot can be won after any spin. Nothing matters here, but luck. Neither the number of paylines nor coins can help win the Progressive Jackpot. However, they say the higher the bet is, the more chances to win the Jackpot the player has.

Some gaming software companies, for example, Microgaming and Playtech don’t let you play Progressive slots in the Practice Mode, only when you are playing for real money. But there are other software providers that allow trying out progressives for free. They are RTG or Rival Gaming, Bossmedia and others. Make sure you really have prepared yourself for jackpots by coming in with plenty of money, and setting your bankroll (also give the GA a call to keep a seat warm for you in their weekly therapy meeting). Make sure you don’t set yourself up for a fail with too high expectations, and keep level-headed at all times.

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