Progressive Jackpots and How They Work
Progressive jackpots are most often found on slot games, although some table and live casino games also offer jackpot prizes. For the sake of simplicity, we shall be talking mainly about jackpot slots, but the premise of a progressive jackpot remains the same in all cases.
Broadly speaking, we can think of an online progressive jackpot like a lottery. Each time a player wagers on a slot (or buys a ticket in the lottery), the amount in the prize pool goes up. Eventually, the slot’s jackpot drops, awarding a huge prize to a single player, much like in a lottery.
Progressive games differ from local or fixed jackpot games in one important way. Players who spin a progressive jackpot game, no matter which online casino they play at, will contribute to the prize pool with the wagers they lose. In the case of local jackpots, only wagers lost at that particular casino will contribute to the prize pot, so naturally, this will not reach the same amounts as a progressive game. Fixed jackpots do not change at all – i.e. they are built into the slot game and award the same amount every time.
All this means that there are a few things players should keep in mind when playing progressive games. Firstly, they do not drop all that frequently (usually once every few months) and most tend to drop when the prize pool is within a certain range. Although jackpot prizes drop all the time, so it is impossible to tell exactly when it will happen next, many will only drop when they are really quite large. Those massive prize pools are the main reason for many players spinning them in the first place!
Finding the Next Big Jackpot
Progressive jackpot slots are a big draw for many players, which is why most online casinos put them front and centre on their websites. Many track the size of available jackpots with real-time counters, either as standalone widgets or as a feature in game thumbnails. Either way, it’s a good tool to keep track of a jackpot prize pool.
As we explained earlier, many jackpots usually drop when the prize pool reaches a certain range. While it’s not unheard of for jackpots to drop before or after that range has been reached, it doesn’t happen often. Checking up on a jackpot’s current size can give you an idea of whether it is within that range yet or not and so can help you decide whether it is worth giving the game a spin.
Play the Best Progressive Jackpot Slots
There are many jackpot slots out there, so you will be sure to find one that suits your tastes. They come in a variety of themes and with different bonus features. Top game developers such as Microgaming and NetEnt both offer a selection of jackpot games, including the ever-popular Mega Moolah and Major Millions by the former and the latter’s Hall of Gods, Mega Fortune and Divine Fortune. Other developers are quickly gaining ground in this aspect too and we will be reporting on all developments in this exciting corner of the online gambling world.