A Guide to Online Progressive Jackpots
by Ted Loh
Every time I tell someone I am headed to Vegas, someone
always gives me $20 and says Blow it on Megabuckswell
split the winnings. And needless to say, I never hit anything, but
the allure and excitement of possibly winning millions of dollars on a
single spin of the reels is so mind-bending that people give you money
to play on their behalf!
But now, your friend doesnt need to give you money
to spin for themthey can do it themselves on any one of a number
of progressive jackpot slot machines on the Net. And whats better,
they have much better odds of winning!
Progressive slot machines are taking the Net by storm. While the online
gambling industry continues to attract new clientele at a strong clip,
it is clearly online progressive slot machines that are now driving this
continued growth. With this demand came the need for portals which specialize
in providing progressive jackpot informationand the two largest,
Jackpot Madness and Jackpot Mania offer
a number of different progressive machines to tickle your fancy.
first and largest, Jackpot
Madness, is operated on behalf of casino software suppliers
with arguably the largest base of licensees and players online. By the
time you read this, it will have paid out over $53 million in winnings
to nearly 2,000 happy winners. Jackpot Madness currently features five
progressive slots and one progressive video poker:
- CashSplashthe worlds first online progressive
slot machine, features a standard three-reel slot machine, with a jackpot
starting at $5,000 and rising as high as $171,000 in one instance. Three
CashSplash symbols with full coin-in ($3) wins you the jackpot, which
falls on average once every day!
- Lotsaloota 50¢, three-reel, five-line
machine, Lotsaloot has already attracted a legion of followers. To win
the jackpot, you must line up three Lotsaloot symbols on the fifth line
with full coin-in ($2.50). Jackpot Madness most famous winner,
Jean, has hit this jackpot so many times she has supposedly promised
to tattoo the Lotsaloot symbol somewhere on her body!
- Fruit Fiestaa 25¢, three-reel, three-line
machine, has been online for over a year. Line up three Fruit Fiesta
symbols on the third line with full coin-in (75¢) to win this jackpot.
- WOWPotlots of bang for your buck on this 50¢,
three-reel machine. Similar to CashSplash, all you need to do is line
up three WOWPot symbols on the payline with full coin-in ($1.50) to
collect the jackpot.
- Supajaxthe first progressive Video Poker on
the Net, Supajax is a $1 Video Poker machine that uses a fifty-three-card
deckthe fifty-third card being the Supajax card. To win the progressive,
you must have four jacks plus the Supajax card with full coin-in ($5).
A pretty tall order, indeed, but there are some very happy winners out
- Treasure Nilethe first 9-line progressive slot
machine, Treasure Nile is a 50¢, five-reel machine, and within
a month set the world record for online progressive slots, a massive
$389,843.85 paid to Olivier C. Five King Tuts on the 9th
line with full coin-in ($4.50) landed him this super jackpot.
Mania is the progressive Slots portal of Cryptologic,
another large casino software supplier. It currently boasts the largest-ever
progressive jackpot, $414,119.22, paid to a player nicknamed BOB0
in September 2001. Jackpot Mania currently features two progressive Slots,
a progressive Video Poker, and a table Poker progressive:
- Rags to Richesthe flagship progressive of Jackpot
Mania, is a $1, three-reel slot machine. Hitting three bonus symbols
takes you to the bonus phase, where a spin of the wheel could win you
their progressive jackpot, which starts at $100,000. BOB0
achieved his lucky win on this machine.
- Super Jackpotavailable in $1 and 25¢ denominations,
this progressive Video Poker machine is like any other progressive Video
Poker machine in Vegas or elsewhereget a royal flush and the progressive
jackpot is yours!
- Triple Olivesalso available in $1 and 25¢
denominations, Triple Olives is a three-line, three-reel machine. Hitting
three olives with a maximum wager ($3) wins you the progressive jackpot.
- Spice Islands Pokermore commonly known as Caribbean
Stud Pokera royal flush is the magic key to the progressive jackpot
in this well-known and popular game. The largest jackpot paid on this
game was $235,661.88 to Creed in March 2001.
Jackpots here do not seem to fall as often as those on Jackpot Madness,
but its pretty certain they fall on a frequent basisone winner,
Kvegas, has achieved an in-credible ninety-two wins for a total payout
of over $27,000! Each of these portals has a list of casinos that operate
these progressive slot machines, so you will have no trouble finding places
to play. But does it match the excitement of playing a progressive slot
machine like Megabucks in Vegas?
BOB0, who won the huge Spice Islands Poker jackpot last year,
said about his win, Unbelievable, I couldnt and still dont
believe it! I woke up my wife and we sat for almost twelve hours as the
machine counted off at $600 per minute. People really do win on Internet
casinos. Thank you 414,000 times!
Well, okay, you wont have to wait twelve hours for the counter to
increment in Vegas, but Id bet that was the most incredible twelve
hours in their lives.
Jean G., who has won an unprecedented eight Lotsaloot jackpots,
said it is nice to be able not to worry about your bills, it is
a stress when you are living week to week, so the winnings helped me to
live a stress-free life from that end. So now I am happy. Also, now I
can go into a store and buy something that I need or want, when before
the winnings, just like most people I had to think twice. Jean also
promised to get a Lotsaloot tattootalk about the love of ones
life! Whats more, her mother and her daughter have also hit Lotsaloot
at least once eachon the same computer! Perhaps there is something
to the theory about certain machines hitting more often!
Online progressive slots are here to stay. You dont have to travel
outside your house to playjust turn on the computer, prepare some
food, log-in to your favorite casino and start playing! No more handling
huge cups full of coins, moist towelettes, digging for an appropriate
bill to put in, or even searching for your slot club cardits
all automatic online.
The casinos recommended by either of these portals are amongst the best
in the industry today. They are as safe and honest as most land-based
casinosthe only thing they lack is the overhead cameras, but they
can certainly track your every play and transactionand in many cases
you can also audit your own activity. Millions of dollars are being won
every monthand when jackpots like CashSplash fall on average once
a day, its easy to believe that you could be the next winner.
What will you do with your winnings?
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