Slots Variations

Progressive Slot Machines

There are several different types of slot machines which can be found in online as well as in land based casinos. Over the years, as the technology has advanced, several changes have been done to the original slot machines and today there are some interesting variations in slot machines, which can be seen like the progressive slots.

What is progressive slot machine?

Progressive slot machines are quite popular with the slot machine players these days. Basically, in these machines the jackpot builds up over several different spins. Every single player, who plays the progressive slot, will contribute to the jackpot. On the progressive slot machines, the jackpot amount is prominently displayed and the amount keeps growing constantly.

At times the progressive slot machine is a stand-alone machine, while some of the machines can also be linked to many other venues and sites and sometimes to other machines within one site. These slot machines usually require the player to bet the maximum amount in order to be able to be eligible to win the jackpot. All the information is always posted close to the slot machines for the players. Before using the progressive slot machines it is always advisable to read out all the instructions.

Types of progressive slot machines:

There are several different types of progressive slots. The larger jackpots are created by taking out a percentage of money, which is being played on that machine. The jackpot will continue to grow as more players continue to play on the machine till someone will hit the winning combination and get the top prize. There are three types of progressive slot machines which can be found in most casinos today:

  • The stand alone progressive slot machines - these slot machines are not linked to any other types of slot machines. The machines take a percentage of all the coins, which are being played on the machine for creating the jackpot. The growing jackpot will always be displayed on top of the machine.
  • Proprietary progressive - proprietary progressive are also known as in-house progressive slots. These slot machines are all linked together and are operated and owned by a casino. These could be in a single casino or connected to slot machines in other casinos. The jackpots in such slot machines are quite large.
  • Linked slots - linked slots are also known as wide area progressive slot machines. These are the slot machines, which offer the largest jackpots. These slot machines are linked to several different machines across various casinos. They are operated and managed by an independent gaming company. All of the casinos share a percentage of the winnings but the games are owned and operated by the gaming company.

Today, when anyone thinks of large jackpots, he probably thinks of the progressive slot machines. The jackpots are quite large but the chances of winning such a jackpot are quite slim, almost as much as winning the lottery. However, it does happen and it is for this rare chance that so many players today play the progressive slot machines.