Progressive Slots

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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As their name suggests, progressive slots offer continually higher jackpots the longer you play. With typical slot machines you stand to win a fixed amount no matter how many coins you play. The longer you play, however, the greater your odds of eventually winning, even if you never hit the jackpot. Incidentally, this logic is diametrically opposed to that which governs online blackjack, roulette, and other games.

Slot machines have consistently proven to be casinos' biggest money-makers, and it's no secret why. As with lotteries, slot machines offer the promise of great sums for relatively insignificant risk. There is virtually no skill involved in pulling a lever, sitting back, and hoping it's your lucky day. At the same time, there are a few pointers that can improve your odds.

Getting the Most from Progressive Slots

To increase your chances of winning at progressive slots, take advantage of any bonuses that are offered. If your online casino allows you to double your winnings by doubling your bet, the trade-off is hardly worth it. If, on the other hand, you stand to win four times as much money for twice the risk, you'd fare better to double up and take your best shot.

Another slight advantage is conferred upon those who play three-reel slots instead of four- or five-reel machines. While three-reelers usually have lower payouts, your odds at winning on one of these machines are notably higher since there are fewer variables at work. To further increase your odds, abandon progressive slots altogether and opt for standard slots, which offer a lower jackpot but also much higher odds of winning.


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