One of the most desirable types of online slots to play is progressive slots. Quite simply, these are online slots with progressive jackpots. What’s a progressive jackpot? It’s a special jackpot that increases in size until someone hits it. And sometimes these jackpots can grow into the millions of dollars.
Hitting a Progressive Jackpot
The ways to hit a progressive jackpot vary from slot to slot, but they most typically involve getting 5 of a certain symbol (usually the Scatter symbol) in a single payline.
After a progressive jackpot is paid out, it resets to a minimum amount and starts growing all over again, until somebody else hits it. And that minimum amount, incidentally, is nothing to scoff at. The baseline progressive jackpot that any online slot resets to after the jackpot is hit is always considerably more, at least, than the largest payout you could otherwise win in the basic slot game.
Be aware — and this is important — that in order to qualify for the progressive jackpot if you hit it, most online slots require you bet the maximum amount or the Max Bet. Otherwise, if you bet a smaller amount on a spin and you get the symbols to hit the progressive jackpot, you will not hit it, and it will just continue to sit there and grow while you eat your heart out.
The lesson? If you’re going to play at progressive slots, plan on betting the maximum. Otherwise, it’s not worth playing that slot.
How Progressive Slots Work
In many cases (perhaps even most) a group of progressive slots in a single online casino or a group of online casinos in a network will be linked together for a single progressive jackpot. That means that hundreds or thousands of individuals can be playing that same game or group of games on that same casino or network on their own computers. And this means two things:
- Anyone, anywhere can hit the same progressive jackpot that you’re trying to hit
- Every time someone (including you) tries to and fails, the progressive jackpot increases by a small amount
That’s how the progressive jackpot grows, in fact: each time any player, anywhere bets on the progressive slot and doesn’t hit the jackpot. This is how progressive jackpots are able to grow so large so fast.
You can always tell the size of a progressive jackpot while you’re playing by the meter displayed on the screen at all times in real time (or close to it) so you can actually see the progressive jackpot growing before your eyes as you play. You can’t miss the Progressive Jackpot Meter on the screen, usually showing the numbers changing in dazzling, bright LCD or LED.
Now you now all you need to know (and more) to play progressive slots, as in all other ways, they are like any other online slot, with the same assortment of symbols (incl. Wilds, Scatter symbols, “Royal” symbols: 10, J, Q, K, A) and bonus features (free spins, multipliers, bonus games).