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What is Progressive Slot

Genie Answers: 

Progressive slot machines are exciting slot games that include a progressive prize pot that rises in value the more the game is played. When the progressive pot is won by one lucky player it will reset back to its base value and the process will repeat.

In this article, we’ll be taking a closer look a progressive jackpot slots, so you’ll be able to tell the difference between these and regular slots and maybe experience the jaw-dropping thrill of landing a progressive prize yourself.

What Are Progressive Jackpots?

Progressive Jackpots tend to be the largest single payout (outside tournament wins) that a player can win from an online slot machine. Progressive pots are accumulative, which means they will keep being added to and rising in value until a lucky player wins the lot. Once this happens the pot will reset back to its starting value, and the process will repeat. Some progressive win slot machines set time limits on when their pots will be won; such as daily, weekly, or monthly, while others will simply continue to rise in value until the winning conditions are met.

Know the Difference: What are Non-Progressive Slot Machines?

Non-progressive slot machines make up a larger section of an online casino's portfolio because they offer a fixed jackpot prize. This means the jackpot value on offer will be the same amount for all players and will be represented as a value x the players wager (for example 1000x stake). This means that if a player wagers £1 per spin and wins this fixed jackpot they’ll walk away with £1000, while someone playing the same slot but wagering £2.50 per spin will walk away with £2,500. Typically, non-progressive slot machines will have jackpots ranging in value from 300x to 5,000x a player's wager.

How Do Progressive Slot Machines Work?

Progressive slot machines online work by collecting a percentage of every wager made by those playing the game and adding this to the overall prize pot value. Some slots may run a few pots concurrently, with the ‘bronze tier’ jackpot taking smaller percentages than the top progressive prize. Either way, the amount in the pot will continue to be added to until a player meets the win conditions for the slot. Most commonly this is by landing 5 matching jackpot symbols, but can also be the result of a pick and win feature, or a prize wheel. When the progressive pot has been won by a player its value will reset back to its original payout and will start to increase as new players take part.

How Do You Win a Progressive Jackpot?

If you’re looking for progressive slot machine tips, we’re sorry but we’re going to have to disappoint you. There’s no hack or strategy that players can use to increase their odds of landing the progressive jackpot of a slot. Instead, the lucky winner is completely down to chance, which is a large part of the draw and excitement of this type of slot, as players could win a massive sum after any spin.

The only tip we can give is to make sure that your wager meets the requirements for being eligible to access the progressive pot. Some slots, for example, will only give players the chance to win the pot if they are wagering at the maximum betting settings, so be sure to double-check this information before playing your chosen progressive slot machine.

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