The jackpot is to Casino what the turbo is to an engine: a quick way to get to where you wanna be. And for us, that’s akin to sitting shotgun in the fast lane. A Jackpot game is typically a gambling grand prize or payout that increases each time the game is played (or the reels spin) and the jackpot itself does not payout. A lot of slot machines and video poker machines have this feature.
Even some table games contain jackpots (Caribbean Stud often has a progressive jackpot of some kind). Jackpots can increase in different amounts depending on the type of jackpots and the way they are configured.
Here’s a list of the most common jackpots you will find at online casinos:
Random Progressive – It’s our true belief that this is the Mother of all jackpots. The Random Progressive is home to some of the web’s largest online Casino Jackpots. Almost all variations require that you place the max or highest bet possible and that you select the largest coin amount available. You also almost always have to be playing all pay-lines. Sounds tough right? Well, you should know you can also hit this game on a losing spin, a unique upside to Random Progressive Jackpots.
Network Progressive – Here are some features that let you know the jackpot game you’re playing is a Network Progressive. The game must be linked to other games in a ‘network’. The jackpot amount builds from not just a single game, but a number of them at practically the same time. One spin in one game can win the entire amount – that’s pretty exciting. Another neat feature is that it can be triggered on either a random or a standard style jackpot. Pretty cool!
Multi-Jackpots – These types of jackpots are fairly new and becoming more and more common. You play one game and have multiple jackpots within it. Usually there’s a small, medium, and large sized jackpot although we’ve seen as many as ten different sizes in one game. The small ones pay often, the larger ones pay less often. They can also include a random progressive jackpot and a mystery jackpot. We’re seeing a lot of these types of jackpots appear in land based casinos like The Wynn Resort Las Vegas.
Standard Progressive Jackpots – The Standard Progressive jackpot is about as plain vanilla as it gets. They typically hit when all jackpot symbols come up on the required payline and usually only when the max bet button is used. Like their racier random progressive cousin, they need to have the largest coin amount selected and you must be playing all lines. Larger sized jackpots can hit as infrequently as 3 times a year. Smaller ones can hit daily if the casino is large enough.
There’s our brief primer on jackpots on offer at our partner casinos. We hope you find it useful. Here’s a fun fact about Jackpots…According to ‘Today I found Out’, a site for improving your brain, the term ‘jackpot’ comes from America turn of the nineteenth century and a poker style game that used jacks. Folks would have to ante to grow the pot for the jacks to pay out and this forms the basis for the idea (and the name) of our modern day jackpots. Who knew?