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Understanding progressive jackpot systems

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Slot machines are equally as popular in both online and land based casinos due to their astronomical jackpots that can easily exceed millions of dollars. This type of ‘fixed’ jackpot is considered outdated by most fans and players of slot machines alike, and it’s actually deemed much more exciting to play slots that host progressive jackpots.

So what exactly is a progressive jackpot and how does it work we hear you ask? Allow us to elaborate on this.

Categories of progressive jackpots: Large vs. Small

Several providers such as Playtech and Microgaming have developed particularly attractive slot machines with what is classed as a ‘large progressive jackpot’. These types of progressive jackpots, with titles such as The Beach Life or even Gold Rally, regularly reach enormous sums. On the other hand winning these cash prizes which constantly increase players’ bets is quite complicated due to the simple fact that the random generator which is used for them does not permit it.

On the other hand, software providers such as Cryptologic provide slot machines with progressive jackpots that still reach impressive sums but are lower than those of their rivals and as such would be classed as a ‘small progressive jackpot’. The upside to this type of jackpot is that winning on one of the slot machines provided by these developers is far easier to achieve.

Progressive slot machines and luck

Developers of online casino software have recently introduced a new means of betting on progressive slot machines. Certain jackpots for example only require a combination of specific symbols to appear on a machine’s wheels and payment lines. The progressive jackpot is set off in a random manner and an example of a software provider that makes use of this new system which is known as a ‘Random Jackpot’ is Real Time Gaming.

Equally, Microgaming has launched a similar type of mechanism on its ‘Mega Moolah’ slot machine. This also comes with a jackpot that is activated in a totally random manner during the game. Following the example of the game’s progressive jackpot, the ‘Wheel of Fortune’ bonus feature is also activated by chance and provides players with the opportunity to win enormous sums of money as a result.

A vast network for a common progressive jackpot

Both online and land based casinos now provide players with the ability to discover their progressive jackpot across a common network. Take for example the immense jackpots provided by the IGT group. This type of jackpot can be won across the collection of slot machines provided by most of US land-based establishments. This truly is a revolutionary concept and makes it possible for certain players to become millionaires in just a matter of minutes thanks to the combination of a common jackpot which gradually increases as players bet on slot machines linked via this type of network.

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