Types of Progressive Jackpots
There all sorts of different types of online slots. Those who have played slots online know that the games vary in terms of theme, paylines, reels, symbols, and of course the jackpot size. Games which come with a jackpot that isn’t fixed, i.e. that grows depending on how many wagers have been made are called progressive jackpot games, or progressive jackpots, or just progressives. Just as there are different types of slots, there are various types of progressive jackpots. Although progressive jackpots are a sub-variant of online slots, but we can still distinguish between different kinds of progressives.
Popularity Of Progressive Jackpots
Firstly, let’s have a look at the main reasons behind progressive jackpots’ popularity. Well, there is actually one key reason – the jackpot amount. Some online slots feature progressive jackpots where the amount can exceed £10 million, in fact such a jackpot has been hit on more than few occasions so far.
So, obviously, out of all types of progressive jackpots, the ones that feature jackpots above £1 million are the most popular ones, but that’s not the only categorisation of progressive jackpot games. Where, there is a type of progressive jackpots that generally features higher jackpots, but we’ll get to that.
Two Main Types Of Progressive Jackpots
The two types of progressive jackpots actually match the two main types of slots – land-based progressive jackpots and online progressive jackpots.
Land-Based Progressive Jackpots
These are progressive jackpot games that are featured at land-based casinos, in Las Vegas, Macau, but perhaps you might even find a progressive slot machine at your local casino. Even when it comes to land-based progressive jackpots, we can still distinguish two types of land-based progressive games – standalone progressive games and in-house or proprietary progressive jackpots. Standalone games can sometimes also be proprietary, but that rarely is the case.
A standalone game is a slot machine that is not connected to other machines. This are not too common games, but you may still find them. A percentage of all funds staked on a such slot machine are calculated towards the progressive jackpot amount and the jackpot prize grows with each wager. You can’t expect to win massive jackpot amounts on these games, but they can still be fun.
The in-house progressive jackpot games refer to groups of slot machines at the same land-based casino that are linked and part of the same network. As the slot machines are connected, every wager on each of the linked slot machines is calculated towards the jackpot prize.
Types Of Progressive Jackpots - Online
Speaking of online progressive jackpot games, we will firstly need to cover the games that feature the highest prizes – i.e. the jackpots that exceed £10 million or more. These are progressive slots that are commonly produced by the leading online slots developers such as NetEnt and Microgaming. In fact, the top progressive slots have been produced by NetEnt and Microgaming, so if you’re looking for progressive slots that feature multi-million jackpots, here are some titles for you – Mega Moolah and Mega Fortune. These are the two most popular progressive jackpot games.
In addition to these, so called wide area progressives, there are also random progressive games. These can feature more than one progressive jackpot prize, two, three or even up to four.
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