Microgaming Jackpot PoolBy: Adam Baker, Sunday January 22nd 2012
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The Microgaming jackpot pool neither has the most number of online casino games nor is the largest jackpot pool, but is the most popular pool. At the time of writing, there are 26 online casino games in the Microgaming jackpot pool, 19 of which are slots games, 5 are table games and 2 are video poker games. The online slots are the most popular. The flagship of the Microgaming jackpot pool has been the Mega Moolah network, since the release of Mega Moolah in November 2006. Previously this position was held by the Major Millions network.
One of the unique features of the slots games in the Microgaming jackpot pool are the three reel and five reel pairs. The same title in a classic three reel format and a video slot five reel format are attached to the same progressive jackpot. This jackpot can be hit from either game and is reset to the base level in both games after being hit. The pairs are Cash Splash, Fruit Fiesta, LotsaLoot and Wow Pot. In order to be eligible for the jackpot the bets are equated. For example, in Wow Pot three reel the player has to wager 3 coins amounting to 1.50 credits in total. In Wow Pot five reel the player has to wager 15 coins amounting to 1.50 credits in total. In the five reel version, the jackpot is hit when five Wow Pot logos appear on the 15th payline. In the three reel version, the jackpot is hit when three Wow Pot logos on the single payline. The other pairs work in a similar way.
Major Millions has become a part of history by being the first progressive jackpot to pay over a million credits in a single hit in 2002. As in the paired progressive slots in the Microgaming jackpot pool, Major Millions is offered as a three reel and a five reel slot game. But it is also offered in a third format, which is connected to the same progressive jackpot pool. This is Major Millions Mega Spin. It contains six independent three reel Major Millions slot games, which can be spun simultaneously and the progressive jackpot can be hit on any of them.
Mega Moolah was released in 2006 as a stand alone slot game with an African Safari theme. It had several firsts as far as Microgaming progressive jackpots were concerned. It was the first multi level progressive jackpots. There were four levels – Mini, Minor, Major and Mega. The largest level Mega Moolah rest to a million credits, which was another first. Every time Mega Moolah is hit some online casino player becomes a millionaire. Another first time feature in the Microgaming jackpot pool was that the progressive jackpots were hit through a randomly triggered bonus game and not through alignment of symbols on the reels. Later three other Mega Moolah games were added to the network, these being 5 Reel Drive, Isis and Summertime. In 2011 a revamped The Lord of the Rings was also attached to this network but was not branded as a Mega Moolah slot in order to keep alive its own brand equity.
The other progressive jackpot online slots in the Microgaming jackpot pool are King Cashalot, Treasure Nile and Tunzamunni. The table game progressives in the Microgaming jackpot pool are Poker Ride (Let 'Em Ride), Cyberstud Poker (Caribbean Stud), Caribbean Draw Poker and Triple Sevens (blackjack). In addition Microgaming offers the only progressive jackpot roulette game Roulette Royale. The video poker progressive games are Jackpot Deuces and Supajax. All the progressive games in the Microgaming jackpot pool can be played at online casinos like Platinum Play, Golden Riviera and Ruby Fortune.
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