How do progressive slot machines work?

10 Man Playing a progressive Slot Machine

When people want to win a jackpot that is really big at a casino, they may think that the progressive slot machines are their best option. The progressive slot machines advertise jackpots that can be millions of dollars. Even the smaller jackpots can easily be $100,000 or more.

It is a good payout for a bet that is not really that big. The problem is that many people think that it is simple to play a progressive machine and win the big jackpot. Before they do that and put a bunch of money into a progressive slot machine, it may be better to learn how the machines work and what they have to do to win the big jackpot.

How the jackpots build

Progressive machines are not very different for the other slot machines found at the casinos. They can be 3 reel, 5 reel or video slot machines.

Most progressive machines will let the players know that they are this type and will have some type of display that shows what the progressive jackpot is. The player will notice that the jackpot always seems to be growing, even if they are not playing the machine.

Progressive jackpots grow when people play the machine. The way they grow quickly is because they are tied to machines in the same casino or in other casinos. The more machines that are tied into a jackpot, the faster it will grow.

Most progressive jackpots have to reach a minimum amount before they will payout. It is also common for the machines to have a maximum amount that when they reach means they will pay the jackpot fairly soon. It is very difficult to find out what these numbers actually are and even if a machine is at or above the maximum, there is no guarantee about when it will finally pay out.

How do you win?

As important as it is to know how the progressive slot machines work, most people would rather know how to win the big jackpot. There are several things that a player has to do if they want a chance to win the jackpot.

  • Learn what it takes to win the jackpot – Progressive machines have different ways to pay out the big jackpot. Some pay out completely at random. If the person is playing the machine at the time when the jackpot hits, they will win. It does not matter what happened when they spun the wheels of their slot, the jackpot will be paid out win or lose.
  • Check the bets – One of the reasons that many people never have a chance to win the progressive jackpot is because they do not bet enough. It is very common to have to place a maximum bet to even have a chance. Make sure to check this before trying to win the jackpot.

When you take the time to learn how to win, you give yourself a better chance to win the progressive jackpot. The odds may not be in your favor, but if you never try to play, you have no chance of winning big.