Playing Progressive Jackpot Slot Machines

Rule number one, and in fact the only special rule for playing a progressive jackpot slot machine is “always play the maximum coins”! There are numerous stories, perhaps legends, of people who actually hit the jackpot only to get a seriously, and painfully smaller award because they hadn’t played the maximum coins on the spin.

Additionally, a person who plays a progressive slots game is adding incrementally to the pot each time they spin, whether they play the maximum coin amount or not, so why increase a prize you cannot win?

What is a progressive jackpot anyway? If you haven’t seen the headlines of people winning millions of dollars at a slot machine then you may not know about progressive jackpot slot machines. These can be machines in a single casino, or they can be a wide network of machines all linked up via a computer connection.

Basically the slot machines that are part of a progressive jackpot will take a portion of each wager or spin and contribute it to the ever increasing jackpot. Under the specific rules and guidelines, a player who reveals the winning configuration along a payline wins the whole thing!

What are these special rules and guidelines? Generally, a progressive jackpot slot machine will be very similar to a normal game, with the exception that the big prize is only available to the players with the maximum coins wagered. If you are looking to play a single coin on a spin, do not choose progressive jackpots.

Why does it seem that someone wins a progressive jackpot after playing only a short while? Headlines usually quote a winner as saying: “I had just started to play…” or “I was only in the casino a few minutes when…”, and this makes perfect sense. An examination of a slot machine shows that it cannot be set to trigger a jackpot at any specific moment, or for any length of play; what happens with the lucky progressive jackpot winners is simply that they usually only play a few games before moving on. Why? Because it takes a maximum coin investment to win, and most people cannot commit that sort of investment on the game!

So most players are prepared only to stay a short while, and like magic they win the biggest payout. So, how much will it cost to take a fair shot at a progressive jackpot? That all depends upon the player and their personal bankroll or budget. All expert gamblers emphasize that anyone visiting a casino should go with a fixed limit they are willing to spend. After determining that amount, slots professionals say they would wager between only ten and twenty percent of their entire amount on a giant progressive jackpot.

There is a very old business expression: “it takes money to make money”, and with progressive jackpot slot machines that is very true. While the initial bets may be quite hefty, an examination of the current progressive pot may be too tempting to overcome.

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