Progressive Slots

Progressive slot machines are known to give out enormous jackpots when compared to other slot machines. Almost all players come to the casino fantasizing that they would hit the jackpot on the progressive slot and thereby their life would transform for the better. You start living the dream and even start planning of what you would do with all the money when reality hits like a stinging slap on your face. You soon realize that the odds of you hitting the jackpot are so minimal that you eventually start questioning whether you should play progressive slots or just drop them altogether.

There is no need to shy from progressive slot machines provided you are not living in a world of fantasy and realize that the probability of winning is quite low. Keep realistic targets and try to achieve them. Within progressive slot machines too there are some slots better than the others and have a better scope of hitting the jackpot. For this you need to understand the dynamics of progressive slot machines.

Functioning of progressive slot machines

Progressive slot machines are numerous slot machines connected to each other via a network. The huge progressive jackpot is calculated by totaling the entire money played on each machine and take a % of the same. The jackpot money continues to rise as the number of players increase and keeps escalating till the winning symbols of the highest award is hit by a player.

As the progressive payback is calculated on the basis of a % of the total coins played the payback would be considerably lower on the balance winning symbols and sometimes it may be less than the casino's other machines too. This stands true especially for those progressive slot machines that have exorbitant payouts.

The three variants of progressive machines:

  1. Stand alone: It is a unique machine that is not connected to any machine. It does not have a set top jackpot. It sums up the total coins played and takes a % of that and adds it to the prize for the winning combination. A meter is placed in front of the machine that displays the jackpot. Generally the payback is similar to the payback offered by corresponding machines of a similar denomination but has a varying distribution to provide different variants for the winning amounts. Its jackpot is lower than the jackpots of the linked machines.
  2. Proprietary/In house: It has a number of machines linked with each other and is operated and owned by the casino. The link can be with various machines in one casino or with all the branches of the casino. Although the jackpot may not run into millions the amount is certainly substantial. The probability of winning a jackpot is higher than that of a wide area progressive slot.
  3. Wide Area Progressive: They offer astronomical jackpots and the machines linked need not be from the same casino. They are operated by multiple gaming companies and the operator owns it. The jackpots and the probability of hitting it are quite high but the paybacks percentages are low.

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Regular Multiplier Slots

These are of two types - regular multiplier slots and bonus multiplier slots. These have multiplying symbols. Symbols compete with various combinations for getting a prize. Winnings would then be multiplied for symbol combination.

Bonus Multiplier Slots

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Progressive Slots

Progressive slot machines are known to give out enormous jackpots when compared to other slot machines. Almost all players come to the casino fantasizing that they would hit the jackpot on the progressive slot and their life would transform.