In this article, we will discover what progressive jackpot slots are, how they differ from normal slots and explore playing progressive slots online.
What are progressive jackpot slots?
As the name suggests ‘progressive jackpot slots’ are slot machines with jackpots that increase with every gamble. The jackpot isn’t fixed and will increase until it is won. Most are uncapped, which means that they can increase to very large jackpot totals.
With progressive jackpots, a small percentage of each play is added to the jackpot total. This is usually displayed in real-time, so players can see the increasing jackpot size. Once the jackpot is won, the jackpot will then reset to a pre-determined minimum amount called a seed.
If you are lucky enough to have been to the casinos in Las Vegas, you will definitely have seen the slot machines that fill most of the casino floors. Some of these are stand-alone progressive jackpot slot machines with each machine having its own jackpot. Others are linked on a local network, so combine together lots of machines in an area to boost the jackpot amount. These are called local-network progressive slot machines.
How are progressive slots different to normal slots?
Normal slots have fixed jackpots and are sometimes called non-progressive jackpot slots. This means no matter how many times you play the slot, the jackpot will remain the same. In contrast the jackpot will keep increasing on progressive jackpot slots, until there is a winner.
With progressive jackpot slots you are effectively playing a slot machine with many other different people at the same time. You will need to consider the return-to-player (RTP) rate, which is a percentage always less than 100% calculated over 10,000 or even 100,000 plays that gives an indication how often a slot will pay out to players. So, picking an online slot game with a higher RTP rate is a good place to start when choosing which progressive jackpot slot to play, but always remember to play for fun and within your financial means.
Also, every online progressive jackpot slot will usually have a different colourful theme with different bonus rounds and ‘special symbols’. So, be sure to read the ‘How to play’ information before you play to make sure you understand the game.
Playing for progressive jackpots online
Like the local-network slot machines in Vegas, when you are playing for progressive jackpots online you are effectively playing with an online network of thousands of other players.
Online casinos will often host progressive jackpot slots fronted by an expensive looking online slot game developed with fun colourful characters to attract as many players as possible. The jackpots are also made as big as possible by connecting the game across a casino website or a network of websites. This is how the jackpots on the progressive jackpot slots can reach hundreds of thousands or even millions of pounds. The biggest ever progressive jackpot won online was in September 2018 on Mega Moolah, however the winner wanted to remain anonymous after they won €18million.
Here at Health Games, we have a wide range of progressive jackpot slots for you to choose from in a safe online environment. Register an account and we will match 20% of your first deposit as a donation to NHS Charities Together (up to £5).
Remember, always play responsibly.