Microgaming Jackpots Ripe to be Hit
By: R. Kingsley, Tuesday August 19th 2008
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Three online progressive jackpot games available in most Microgaming casinos will offer huge payouts if hit. One of these is Mega Moolah, which breached the $3.5 million mark earlier this month and is presently sailing at $3,667,000. The other two are about to hit the million-dollar mark, yet far below what Mega Moolah offers. However they are special for their own reasons.
Major Millions, which currently stands at $980,000, is arguably the most popular online progressive slot game, at least in Microgaming casinos. It is one of the games offered to mobile phone players from online casinos that have subscribed to Microgaming's Spin3 mobile platform. Since its inception Major Millions has made seven millionaires but none over a mobile phone. In order to popularize mobile gaming, Microgaming casinos like Platinum Play are offering mobile players a million dollars if they hit the jackpot on Major Millions even if it is below the million-dollar mark.
Major Millions is a 5-reel video online slot game with 15 paylines. In order to hit the jackpot players must wager the maximum number of 15 coins at $0.20, which works out to a wager of $3. The progressive jackpot starts at $250,000. The average payout has been $630,000 and the highest payout has been $1,683,509. The Major Millions symbol is both a wild symbol and also a multiplier symbol. It can substitute for any other symbol in order to make a winning combination, except the Scatter Explosion combination. As a multiplier symbol it triples the payout of any combination it features in. The Scatter Explosion symbol is the scatter symbol. Three scatter symbols appearing anywhere on the screen leads to a winning combination.
The progressive jackpot at Roulette Royale is currently at $905,000. This game is unusual because it belongs to that category of progressive jackpot games that are not online slot games. There are much fewer games in this category and therefore they are very popular. Royale Roulette is based on the rules of European Roulette and operates with a single '0'. The progressive jackpot has a compulsory side bet of $1, which is deducted from the player's balance whenever he places a wager. This side bet entitles the player to the following benefits. Each time a number is repeated in succession the player is awarded an additional payout even if he did not wager on the winning number. And if the same number is called five times in a row then the progressive jackpot is hit. Unfortunately the jackpot starts from zero every time it is hit but that is not a worry now. The largest win on Roulette Royale was $437,815 way back in September 2005. So the present value is not only the highest ever but is more than double the previous highest win.
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