Complete Guide to Progressive Slots

by Tim | May 03, 2022

Complete Guide to Progressive Slots

If you play online slots then chances are that you’ve seen many progressive slots online. If you haven’t taken the time to play progressive jackpot slots, then you might be a little confused as to what they are all about.

That’s why we’re here! In this blog post, we’re going to take a closer look at these excellent games that you can play at an online casino for real money in our guide to progressive slots.

What are progressive slots?

First things first, it’s important to understand exactly what a progressive slot game is. Progressive jackpot games, or network jackpots, are slot games that have an ever-growing prize amount available to win. These games are networked across many different online casinos, and the jackpot amount increases with every deposit and non-winning spin that is put in by players for the game. As players wager, the jackpot increases until someone lands a winning combination.

This means that the more players wager, the higher the jackpot becomes and it can quickly grow from a few hundred quid to hundreds of thousands (sometimes more) in just a short space of time.

What are the chances of winning a progressive jackpot?

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Naturally, more people playing across the different networks results in an increasingly large jackpot, but this also means that the chances of winning get smaller for every person playing.

Keep in mind, however, that you’re unlikely to land small, frequent wins on a progressive slot. Rather, you’ll land a bigger payout if you’re lucky enough to get a winning combination. If large numbers of people were winning small amounts often, then there would be a lot less money in the pot. So, the hit frequencies on these games tend to be relatively low, but they have the potential to change lives for those lucky enough to win on them.

Types of progressive slots

There are two main types of progressive slots that offer you some huge winnings. The first of these are game-specific progressive jackpots. This means that the jackpot is only added to when people play a particular game and this might give slightly smaller jackpot wins, but because there tend to be fewer people playing, there is more chance of winning.

Then there are the network-wide progressives. This means that the jackpot isn’t limited to a certain game, but rather by a certain jackpot across many games. The result of this is that the payouts tend to get incredibly huge because there are many different people contributing over a number of different games. However, this also means that the odds of winning the jackpot decrease because of the sheer number of people playing.

Tips for playing progressive jackpot slots

Progressive games are some of the best online slots but they aren’t easy to win. However, there are still some things that you can do that will help when you play. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

Use bonuses and promotions

It’s a good idea to use bonuses and promotions from casinos to increase your bankroll when you play progressive jackpots. It takes quite a while to hit a jackpot on a progressive game and the best thing that you can do is use the extra cash that you’ve been given by the casino to stretch out your bankroll, and this will allow you to play for longer without going over your budget. Make sure you read the terms and conditions before you start, though, as the bonus may have wagering requirements attached to it.

Smaller jackpots might be a better choice

Of course, it’s incredibly tempting to go in for the massive jackpot bonus, however, it’s always worth considering the hit frequency first. The bigger the jackpot, the more people are playing and the lower the chance of you winning the big one. Take a look at slightly smaller jackpots that will have fewer players and offer a slightly higher chance of winning.

Play the max bet

Some progressive jackpots can only be won when all the paylines are active or when you use the max bet. So keep this in mind and make sure you read the fine print on every game to ensure that you aren’t placing smaller bets and spinning for ages without actually being able to win the jackpot.

Set – and stick to – a budget

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The thought of winning a massive amount of money on your next spin is enough to keep a lot of players at a game, however, it’s important to always play responsibly and to avoid burning a hole in your pocket. It’s essential that you set a budget beforehand and that you stick to it. Use bonus and promotion money if you want to play for longer, but always be aware of your budget limits when it comes to playing with your own money.

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