Slots with Epic Progressive Jackpots

Added: October 25, 2012

You can visit almost any online casino today and you should be able to find a varied selection of Progressive Jackpot slots. The online casino may even have other progressive jackpot games available, such as progressive table and card games, but the majority of progressive games that you can find today are generally online slots.

So far, software companies such as NetEntertainment (NetEnt), Microgaming, Playtech, Realtime Gaming, Sheriff Gaming, Cryptologic, 888, WMS Gaming, International Game Technology (IGT), bwin.party, BetOnSoft and various other innovative software developers have produced slots that have progressive jackpots. These slots basically have much larger jackpot prizes than most regular (non-progressive) slots because thousands, if not millions of players are all playing for the same prize.

The leading software companies have paid out hundreds of millions in cash prizes since the late 90s and what happens is that a small percentage of each stake is added towards the main pot until a player scoops that particular jackpot. You can always keep an eye on the current value of a progressive jackpot as it is usually displayed somewhere on the screen.

Jackpots are generally won when a sufficient amount of matching symbols have aligned across one of the winning paylines. For example, you normally need five wild symbols (or jackpot symbols) appearing across one of the active paylines on a five reeled slot. However some jackpots can only be won from within a bonus round. Companies like WMS Gaming and also certain Microgaming/Playtech slots have these jackpot bonus rounds. These jackpot bonus rounds normally take place away from the reels on a second screen.

It is also quite common for the larger jackpots to reach staggering amounts of $/€/£5 million or more. Once the jackpot has been won by a lucky player, that jackpot will then automatically (and instantly) reset itself to its original starting amount, which is otherwise known as the ‘seed’ amount. This could be as little as $/€/£100 or as much as $/€/£10,000. The seed amount will vary a great deal. This seed will then continue to grow again until another lucky player wins, which could be one day's time or it could be months into the future.

Jackpots can be won at any random time, but you generally have more of a chance of winning simply by betting max and by playing with all paylines active. You should always read the rules to a progressive jackpot slot prior to spending any money on it. The minimum qualifying bet could be $/€/£2.50, so if you are used to spending just $/€/£0.25 per spin, this could be a little out of your price range.

There are currently hundreds of progressive jackpot slots available online with some extraordinary prize pools accumulating as you are reading this. The prizes are likely to fluctuate a great deal, so the best advice is to always hunt one down that seems to be rather high, as opposed to playing on a progressive jackpot slot where the prize has only recently been won.

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