Progressive slots are jackpots that increase every time a player makes a bet on a particular machine or set of machines until someone hits the jackpot and wins it all.
The progressive jackpot can be linked to one particular game or can be linked to a number of different games or even different casinos.
Every time a player puts in money to spin the reels a percentage of that money goes into a jackpot pool that grows (and grows and grows) until someone wins.
How do I know if I’m playing progressive slots?
When you’re playing a progressive slots machine you’ll see a window or jackpot meter that shows the size of the jackpot on offer. This meter (especially on the more popular progressive slots games) also ticks upwards regularly as gamblers play and deposit their money into the machine – and thus deposit funds into the jackpot itself.
The faster the upward tick on the jackpot meter, the more people are playing that game at that time.
What types of progressive slots are there?
There are three main types of progressive slots:
- Standalone progressives
The jackpot can only be won on one machine. This is usually the smallest jackpot available to online progressive slots players.
- Local area progressives
This is a network of machines in the same online casino. Bigger jackpots than standalone progressives because there are more machines contributing to the pool, but not nearly as big as wide area progressives.
- Wide area progressives
Multiple machines in multiple areas (for online slots players this means multiple games being played by multiple people in multiple countries across the planet – all adding to that sweet progressive jackpot!). The biggest wins of all, but also the biggest odds.
Do my winnings come out of the progressive jackpot?
Not your normal winnings. When you win during normal play you are paid out of the game’s normal systems. It’s only when you hit the big jackpot that the progressive amount is affected.
What happens when someone hits the progressive jackpot?
Well first of all, you’ll probably hear the screaming clear across town. When the jackpot is hit the winner is paid out the total jackpot amount. The jackpot then resets to a predetermined limit and the process begins all over again. It’s very similar to rollovers in a lottery: the amount grows until someone wins and then starts from a smaller amount again and grows.
Are progressive slots and jackpots worth it?
Very much so. While you get paid out at a set rate while you’re playing slots normally, the progressive jackpot can grow to truly life-changing amounts.
The record for an online slots progressive jackpot payout is currently $13 MILLION (that’s US Dollars) paid out on Microgaming’s Mega Moolah progressive slots game (which is available to South African online gamblers at select online casinos!).
Where can I go to play progressive slots in South Africa?
These trusted online casinos will give you the best playing experience as well as access to the world’s most popular progressive slots games.