Progressive pokies offer the chance to win truly staggering payouts (sometimes in the millions of dollars) in addition to the regular wins and jackpots that you can pick up playing pokies online.
Where To Play Progressive Slots
Progressive slots offer huge life changing jackpots, often running at $2M+ at any time. With progressive pokies the jackpots keeps on growing until someone wins. The different online casinos running the same software pool the jackpot – in this way allowing it to keep on growing.
Progressive slots can be found at virtually all online casinos, but Microgaming based casinos have a particular reputation for large progressive pokies which have created a number of multi-millionaires over the years. Here are some recommended microgaming pokies:
Mega Moolah – This game has paid out over $60 million since its inception. Unusually it has four progressive jackpots, the largest of which starts at $1 million. It’s a 5-reel, 25 payline game with a betting range from $0.01 to $6.25, and the most recent jackpot payout was around $5.8 million in late 2012.
Major Millions – This is a 5-reel, 15 payline game with a $0.20 to $6.00 betting range. There is also a 3-reel version of the game which links to it and the progressive jackpot, which starts at $250,000 is combined for both games. The average progressive jackpot size is about $400,000, but there have been two recent wins in excess of $1.7 million.
King Cashalot – The average jackpot payout of King Cashalot is in the region $700,000 and is won roughy once a year, although a payout of almost $1.3 million was won in September 2012.
Queen of the Pyramids – This progressive on the Playtech network doesn’t offer the staggering amounts of some of the Microgaming progressive jackpots but it does allow you to win from just a $2.50 bet
Winning The Jackpot
To win a progressive jackpot, you need to play the maximum number of coins and the maximum of playlines – however you can play with the smallest value coin and still be in the running, provided you play the maximum number.
Each progressive pokie plays differently, for instance in some games there is a randomly triggered bonus feature that gives you the chance to play for the major jackpot, while on others you win the jackpot by lining up 5 symbols on the highest payline – so investigate each one to make sure you understand how you get access to any bonus rounds and the progressive jackpots.
Online casinos normally display a runing ticker showing the current jackpot amount so you can see which progressive is offering the biggest jackpot.
There are incredible sums of money to be won on progressive pokies and although you need to play the maximum number of coins and paylines to have a chance at winning the progressive jackpots, there is enough flexibility in the games’ coin sizes for anyone to be able to play.
Despite the lower payout rate on progressives pokies (87% as each losing spin contributes to the progressive jackpot) the potential for enormous wins makes up for this in the eyes of many players.