The conventional manner of triggering progressive jackpots in online slot games is by getting five of the specified symbol in an enabled payline. However there are quite a few online slots that trigger the progressive jackpot in a different way. These offer different advantages and their own enjoyment. These jackpots are commonly known as randomly triggered jackpots because they do not require a specified event to take place on the reels, but can occur after any spin.
Some online gaming software providers specialize in offering randomly triggered jackpot slot games. Two of these are Realtime Gaming and Cryptologic. Realtime Gaming offers randomly triggered jackpots in its Real Series slot games. Earlier these games had a single progressive jackpot, but the games being currently released come with a two level randomly triggered progressive jackpot. The branded Marvel Comics superhero slot games from Cryptologic are extremely popular. These games come with a three level randomly triggered progressive jackpot.
In online slot games usually the first reel comes to rest first. Thereafter the other reels stop in turn. This sequence of stopping of reels enhanced the enjoyment of the conventionally triggered progressive jackpots. Players watched expectantly as the specified symbol appeared in the first reel and then in the second reel and so on. If that symbol appeared in the first four reels in an enabled payline hopes of a progressive jackpot were raised sky high. Conversely if that symbol failed to appear in any of the reels the hopes of a progressive jackpot were dashed. Players need not exercise any similar expectations during each spin in the randomly triggered progressive jackpot slots. No matter what happens in the spin, whether there is any payout or not, it is possible for a message to flash after the spin saying that the player has won the progressive jackpot. Because this happened so suddenly and without warning the pleasure is all the greater.
There is one cautionary note for players opting for the randomly triggered progressive jackpot online slot games. They should not look for those life-changing payouts that characterize many of the conventional progressive jackpot games. The progressive jackpots in randomly triggered games offer comparatively modest payouts. But there is a positive side also. The payouts occur considerably more frequently. Some of the randomly triggered progressive jackpots offer payouts every day. One can say that these jackpots believe in spreading their largesse to a greater customer base.
The software developers of these randomly triggered progressive jackpot online slots clearly state that the jackpots can be triggered no matter what amount is wagered. But they also add that the chance of the jackpot being triggered is more when larger amounts are wagered. This does tilt the balance in favor of high rollers. However the same is the case with the traditional progressive jackpots. These require the player to wager the maximum coins on all paylines if the progressive jackpot is to be hit.
Given the condition that larger wagers lead to higher probabilities of hitting the random progressive jackpots, players would do well to adjust their betting options accordingly. One sensible way out is to reduce the number of spins but select larger bet amount per spin. Unfortunately no formula is available which tells the player how much his chance of hitting the jackpot increases when he increases the wager by a certain amount. It has to be played by the ear and that is part of the fun.