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Editorial: Biggest Slot Machine Jackpots

Due to the inherent simplicity of game play and the exciting sounds and images in their presentation, slot machines have become the most popular casino game in the world. However, bright lights and ringing bells aren’t the only reasons that players love slots. In March of 2003, a young man entered the Excalibur Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. He put $3 into a Megabucks slot machine and gave it a spin. Less than a minute later, he won $38.7 million, a record at that time for the largest slot machine jackpot ever paid out.

Did he have a unique system for playing the slots? Was he a master of slot machine strategies? Did he have some special inside knowledge as to when that slot machine would give up its precious jackpot?

While we may not know the precise answers to these questions, most educated players would answer “no” to all of these. However, that should not imply that there are not certain steps that slot players can take to help their own chances of making millions at the press of a button or the pull of a lever.

Play with the maximum coins

Another famous slot machine tale tells of a young man from England who visited Las Vegas and played the Megabucks machine. The results of his spin showed that he had won the jackpot. Unfortunately, he only inserted his last $2 into the machine, thus making him ineligible to win the multi-million dollar jackpot. Although he did take home around ten thousand dollars, his lack of one more dollar cost him a chance at millions!

The downside to this approach is that it can rapidly consume a bankroll. With some of the newer video slots, you may have to wager up to seventy-five times the minimum bet in order to be eligible to win the big money. If you really want to go for a jackpot, be sure that you have enough to cover playing the maximum number of coins every time. If you don’t have enough of a bankroll to cover your play at a $5 machine, try a $1 or 25c machine. The jackpot may not be as high, but you’ll give yourself multiple chances to win!

Play progressive slots

Progressive slot machines are machines that take a portion of each bet and add it to the growing jackpot. As these fractions of a bet are placed into the jackpot pool, most machine banks display the ever-growing jackpot total. Casinos often display these tote boards to entice players to try their luck on machines such as Megabucks.

One of the issues with progressive slots is that they don’t make smaller payouts as frequently as “regular” slots. Since a fraction of each bet goes into the progressive pool, which leaves a smaller portion of the pool that goes into the smaller winnings. For players more accustomed to the stand-alone slots, this lack of frequent reinforcement can be frustrating and disappointing.

Another item of interest with progressive slot machines is that the jackpot is not contested at only one machine or bank of machines. Progressive jackpots can be spread over multiple slot banks, numerous casinos, even over several states. Hundreds, even thousands, of players from one end of the country to the other can be contributing to the pool and looking to hit it big, all at the same time.

As always, keep your bankroll in mind when enjoying your favorite slots, whether you prefer playing live or online. Play smart, play safe, have fun, and remember us at GamblingPlanet.eu when you hit it big!



22-May-2009, 18:11

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