Progressive Games Provide a Unique Form of Gaming Fun

By Ben Hamill - November 22 2016

One of the most exciting ways to play online casino games is to go for it all at a progressive game. Any casino game can be made into a progressive game; most are slots, blackjack, or roulette.

Worldwide Phenomenon

No single casino has the financial means to cover the large number of progressive games they offer and the large jackpots that grow apace with every bet made. The progressive jackpots grow to dizzying heights because they cover an entire network.

Hundreds of Progressive Games

There are actually about 500 progressive jackpot games run by the many game development networks. The largest network is of Microgaming casinos. Microgaming is the most prolific and best-known developer of online casino games. When Microgaming sponsors a progressive jackpot, they commit a penny or two from each bet made on that Microgaming game anywhere in the world. This means that millions of bets are being channeled to the progressive jackpot at any one time!

Online Beats Land-based, Again

This is a major step forward in the overall development of progressive games for online gamers. In the land-based casinos, progressive jackpots were originally restricted to the single, physical game itself. As casinos have always been reluctant to remove well-behaved patrons, a single gamer could occupy the one progressive you wanted to play at a land-based casino.

At online casinos, there is never a wait for a machine. Even if a million people are playing a progressive game at the same time, there is always "another game" for the next player. In this way, the jackpots at online casinos, because they are connected to a network rather than acting as stand-alone jackpots, and because there is an unlimited number of players who can be playing at any one time, can grow to massive heights.

Let's see which Microgaming games have progressive jackpots and what strategies we can use to enhance our chances of winning the big jackpot. There are hundreds of good online casinos with excellent progressive jackpot games. We'll follow All Slots Casino because it is the flagship casino of Jackpot Factory, a leading Microgaming group of online casinos.

Slots, Blackjack, Poker, and Video Poker

There are sixteen progressive slots at All Slots casino. The leading ones are Tunzamunni and Mega Moolah but King Cashalot, Major Millions, and all the other have loyal followers. The rules for how to qualify for the big jackpots vary from game to game so we urge you to read the rules in order to avoid the sad error that some gamers make of not betting correctly and losing out on the jackpot.

Generally speaking, you need to bet the maximum. In some cases, you need to bet the max on all paylines; on others you need to bet the max on the last payline. So read the details and have fun.

Triple sevens is the progressive blackjack game at All Slots. It's a five deck game. When you get three consecutive diamond sevens, you win the jackpot. Every possible combination of sevens wins something; but only the three diamond sevens wins the progressive jackpot.

Roulette Royal is the progressive roulette jackpot game. This jackpot is very hard to win so we suggest that only die hard roulette players take a shot at it.

Poker Ride and Caribbean Draw Poker are the progressive poker games. Be sure you know the rules well before playing.

Jackpot Deuces and SupaJax are the progressive video poker games.

Find Your True Niche

Playing for progressive jackpots is not suitable for every player. Because you have to bet the maximum to qualify for the jackpot, you must be able to control your bankroll exceptionally well. In professional gambling there is a term that describes the worst case scenario for poor money management: risk of ruin. The best online casinos encourage all their players to see online gambling as a diversion and an entertainment. Where one person curls up in his or her softest chair with a good book and another watches sports or movies on the wide screen, online casino gamers prefer the action inherent in playing at a big online casino with hundreds of games and the chance to travel from game to game instantly.

This is completely fine if you see the gambling as a form of entertainment. The relatively higher cost of playing progressive games makes playing them for a long time a relatively expensive entertainment.

Long Odds but Far from the Longest

The odds of winning a progressive jackpot are long of course but they are not nearly as long as winning other massive jackpots. The odds of winning the jackpot in Major Millions is about one in 7.5 million. The odds of winning Powerball or other huge state-run lotteries is one in 260 million. At land-based casinos you can play a progressive game called Megabucks. The minimum cost of one spin is $3 and the odds of winning the jackpot are one in 50 million!

Casinos Have Costs, Too

Payout rates generally are far better at online casinos than at land-based casinos mainly because of lower operating costs. The average payout in a land-based casino is under 90% whilst the average payout at an online casino is over 96%.

The bottom line is that progressive jackpots promise huge wins to a few lucky gamers but because the jackpots are run through worldwide online casino networks they grow tremendously fast. That means that a bet when the jackpot is still small has less potential than the same bet when the jackpot is high. Some players look for the highest jackpots and give those a whirl. The rest of the time, they play the hundreds of games offered at their favourite online casino and simply have fun.