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  Progressive slots:

The term progressive slots do not refer to any type of special hardware on the slot machine. It is unlike the terms “video slots” or “reel slots” which refer to the type of wheels used (i.e. virtual or mechanical). Rather, progressive slots refer to the system used to decide on the jackpot. This type of slot machine is “progressive” because the jackpot gets bigger and bigger as more money is inserted into the machine over many rounds.

Otherwise, the rules are much the same as for any type of slot machine. You insert coins or tokens into the machine, after which you pull a lever that sets the three wheels spinning. The wheels have pictures on them. A small window or screen shows part of the wheels. You win if three matching pictures are displayed when the wheels stop.

It must be remembered that not every jackpot on a progressive slot machine is the progressive jackpot. Otherwise, the machines would constantly be having to recoup the jackpot amount, and there would be hardly any huge jackpots. Many jackpots on progressive machines are a regular, fixed amount. Players only get the progressive jackpot if the slot machine wheels display a matched set of a certain picture. Matched sets of other pictures will get them the smaller, regular prize.

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Progressive slots may be found in both “real” casinos and in online gambling.

Bets

There are two types of progressive slot machines: network and standalone. Progressive slot machines may be connected to other slot machines within the establishment. This creates a short of shared jackpot within the network of progressive slot machines. The jackpot will therefore be a percentage of the money inserted into all the machines, and might fall to any player on any of the machines. Of course, the bigger the network, the larger the jackpot will be. Network-style progressive slots are more likely to be found in large casinos. On the other hand, progressive slot machines may be standalone (not connected to a network). In that case, the jackpots would be smaller and more fixed. However, it is much easier to monitor the jackpot if you are watching one standalone machine than if you were trying to keep an eye on a large network.

The returns on progressive slot machines are, to repeat, significantly higher than those on non-progressive machines. Progressive slots are where one finds the fabled life-changing jackpots where deluge of shiny tokens comes out of the machine. Betting on progressive slots may be somewhat more complicated than regular slots, but the potential benefits make progressive slots very popular with players.

Strategies

As with any kind of slot machine, progressive slots are mostly a game of chance. Strategy does not play a huge role. Still, it pays a great deal to know about the slot machine you are using. Is it progressive or not? If so, is it hooked up to a network? How big is the network? Where are the other slot machines in the network? Try to ask casino staff these questions before you get started. The answers to these questions will help you to decide how much time and money you will try to risk on the slot machine before you move on to another game. You might give a progressive slot machine a few more tries than you would a non-progressive slot machine, since the jackpot for progressive slots is bigger.

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Also, take advantage of the fact that most progressive slot machines display the value of the current jackpot. This will help you to decide which of several standalone machines to try for, or how long you will try your luck at a network of slot machines.

The Experience

To reiterate, playing on a progressive slot machine is very similar to using a regular slot machine. The only difference is in the way the jackpot is distributed. However, this one quirk makes for a significantly different experience.

Firstly, playing on a progressive slot machine adds another element of thrill and unpredictability to gambling. You may play at a certain slot machine, go for a break, then come back later to the same machine to find that the jackpot is much higher. Or it may be lower, because someone might have won the progressive jackpot while you were away. And that is only for standalone machines!

The discussion becomes more layered once we start evaluating what it is like to use progressive slot machines in networks. Playing on a progressive slot machine that is hooked up to a network adds the twist of making slots a less solitary experience. You are connected, however temporarily, to the other people playing on the same network. However, such a system might cause feelings of resentment towards other players because you are all, in a manner of speaking, competing for the progressive jackpot. It can be very frustrating to sit in front of a slot machine for a long time, hoping for the big win, only to have the person on the machine next to you obtain the progressive jackpot after a few pulls of the lever.

Conversely, the presence of other players in a network of slot machines might be a boon. Their wagers can jack up the value of the jackpot. Therefore, a person who arrives at the networked slot machines later can take advantage of the fact that other people have built up the prize before he or she has spent a penny. (Of course, starting to play right after someone has won the progressive jackpot can be quite annoying because the value of the progressive jackpot has gone down again.)

As with so many things in gambling, the progressive nature of betting on some slot machines is a two-edged sword, multiplying both the risk and the possible benefits. Then again, occasional disappointment is all part of the gambling experience. Without lows, the highs of gambling would have no meaning.

The added complication need not be frustrating at all. Instead, we can think of it as an interesting twist that makes a simple game that much more fun.

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