Progressive Slots

By Gayle Mitchell

Progressives appeal to slot players searching for that ‘big hit’.
There are two levels of progressive jackpots -- primary and secondary.
Most versions require at least three coins max, sometimes more.

Primary jackpot is the top prize offered when a player hits a specific combination, i.e., three Megajackpot symbols. Primary jackpot $$ amount is displayed with the largest sign and numbers above the carousel or bank of machines. This jackpot increases with each bet made by all players participating in the network.

Secondary jackpots are displayed on smaller screens mounted below the primary jackpot signage or on the machine itself. These jackpots are hit more frequently and therefore do not always have a large sum of money on the progressive meter.

If both jackpots are high, the indication is that these machines have had a lot of play without hitting and should be ready for ‘the big hit’. Before playing any single progressive version, check out the primary and secondary jackpots then compare with other surrounding progressive jackpots. Change people and slot hosts can be very helpful with information on where the largest progressive jackpots are located.

In larger gambling venues, the locals are very aware of ‘hot progressives’, so if you notice a crowd around a certain bank of machines--it’s your cue to take a seat. After a progressive jackpot is hit, the meter automatically resets to the base jackpot amount. Megabucks resets to 7 million. If you see any progressive close to its reset dollar amount, you know its been hit recently. Save your money.

Most progressive jackpots are paid out in annual installments; however, several progressive jackpots today are paying ‘on the spot’. Examples are Party Time, Bally’s Thrillion Series, Regis Cash Club and Addams Family.

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