Casino Expert Guide To Progressive Slots
What Are Progressive Jackpot Slots?
A progressive jackpot is a jackpot for a gaming machine, usually slots but also video poker, where a small portion of the stake for a single spin is added to an overall "pot" or jackpot.
The value of the jackpot increases with every spin and of course the more players that play the game the quicker the jackpot rises until it is won. Some variations on the jackpot include making contributions from a wide number of games to swell the jackpot more quickly so depending on the type of game you play you could be playing for a stand alone jackpot or a multi game jackpot.
The biggest online progressive jackpot won so far is £13.2m won by Jon Heywood playing Microgaming's Mega Moolah on 6th October 2015.
The jackpot will be displayed prominently in a "Jackpot Meter" which shows the latest status and you can usually watch it grow in real time as people contribute to the jackpot total.
Your Chances Of Winning
You have more chance of winning the National Lottery than winning a life changing amount on a progressive jackpot but that's not the point of playing. The point is the excitement of not knowing what is going to turn up with every spin and unlike the lottery where you'd have to buy hundreds of tickets to get the same action it is much easier to spin the reels and feel the tension rising as the jackpot increases in front of your eyes.
Depending on the game you play the RTP (return to player) is around 95% so you will get a lot more than 100 spins for your investment whereas a lottery ticket is just a one time check.
The Terms And Conditions
The best thing to do before you play a progressive jackpot is to check the terms and conditions so that you know what you are getting into. T&C's vary wildly across different casino networks so it's best to find something you are comfortable with and stick with it rather than playing randomnly and being unaware of the consequences.
For example some casinos state that you can only win the full jackpot if you are playing maximum bet spins or a certain number of paylines. You need to know before you start playing so as not to suffer crushing disappointment if you were to get lucky.
The Best Jackpots To Play
This really is clutching at straws because the odds of winning are so astronomical that trying to find an "edge" is ridiculous really. Whether the odds are 25 million to one or fifty million to one makes no difference does it really?
Still, if you are going to play and being the careful gambler you are, you may as well pick and choose your spot.
Look for progressive jackpots that are massively over the average jackpot and "due to be won". if you've ever sat in a pub and watched someone put loads of cash into a fruit machine without winning before jumping on then this is the same thing. Your chances of winning are higher but only fractionally. Any help is welcome though isn't it?
Stick To Your Budget
It's easy to get carried away and continue to feed the machine even when you've spent more on your entertainment than you meant. Set a budget and stick to it.
Depending on the max spin and the limit set in the T&C's for triggering a progressive jackpot payout it is much better to stake low and have more time to try and hit the jackpot even though your share may not be the full amount. Using up a bankroll in short order on a prgressive jackpot isn't much fun really. Set the play to "Auto" and choose a smaller stake for longer gameplay.
Of course the best payouts are always when you bet the most on a spin and the maximum payout is only triggered with the maximum bet so use your bankroll wisely.
Where To Play Progressive Slots
Nearly all casinos offer progressive slots and even the newer mobile casinos offer jackpot slots that aren't progressive. For my money NetEnt games are the best and most fun to play so I'd recommend UK players play at Mr Green Casino
Wherever you play - set your limits and have fun. Don't expect to hit the jackpot anytime soon though because the odds are horrendously against you.