Online Casino Progressive Jackpots into 2009By: Adam Baker, Sunday January 4th 2009
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Many online players are online players because of progressive jackpots. Large progressive jackpots neutralize the inherent house edge present in slot games and make it worthwhile for the players. Therefore the players converge to the progressive games that have reached high levels of jackpot pools. This drives the pool upwards at an even faster rate and encourages even more players to join in. These progressive jackpot games then enjoy frenetic activity till the jackpot is hit. The beginning of a new year is the right time to take stock of the status of progressive jackpots so that online players can evaluate their priorities anew.
Microgaming's Mega Moolah is on top the list. In fact it is way above competition. It is pushing to the $5 million level. Mega Moolah was last hit early in 2008 at just over $5.5 million and reset at the $1 million mark. Since then it has climbed steadily. Mega Moolah has a unique mechanism for triggering the jackpot. There is a randomly activated bonus round through which the jackpot can be hit. However higher bets lead to greater chances of entering the bonus round. In the bonus round the player spins a wheel and wins one of the four jackpot levels.
The only other progressive jackpot that is above the $1 million mark is Jackpot Piñatas from Real Time Gaming (RTG). It has recently crossed this landmark and stands at just above $1 million. Its highest hit till date has bee about $274K so this is a big event for Jackpot Pinatas and Real Time Gaming online casinos. The progressive jackpot is hit when five Bull Pinata symbols appear on one of the 20 paylines. To be eligible for the jackpot the player has to play with the max bet of $5.00 per spin.
There are two progressive jackpots just under the $1 million mark. These are King Cashalot from Microgaming and Shopping Spree from Real Time Gaming. King Cashalot generally hits around the $1 million mark and hence many online players feel that its time has come. However it has hit at $1.7 million in 2006. Shopping Spree is drawing a lot of attention for two reasons. One reason is that the jackpot has never been hit and therefore there is an element of mystery. The second reason that its theme of a shopping spree attracts players who can enjoy shopping splurges only on the reels.
Red White & Win is a Vegas Technology progressive jackpot that is next in line. It stands at about $780K and is one of the few big 3-reel progressive slot games. The other progressive jackpots that are around the $500K level are Major Millions from Microgaming, Gold Rally from Playtech, Millionaires Club from Cryptologic and Beach Life from Playtech. Beach Life had hit over $4 million in 2008.
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