Progressive Bets in Online Casino Games

Progressive jackpot payouts add excitement to online casino games. In fact many players wager at online casinos in the hope of winning that elusive life-changing jackpot. Despite the huge payouts progressive jackpot bets are not the most efficient of bets. New players must understand these bets properly before the wagering away their bankrolls on them.

There are different ways in which progressive bets can be classified. Each classification serves to explain a different aspect of the bet. This article discusses progressive jackpot bets either as integrated bets or as standalone bets. When progressive jackpot bets are integrated with the normal bet there is no need to place a separate wager for the progressive jackpot. The normal wager can pay out the progressive jackpot amount if certain conditions are met. In other conditions normal payouts can accrue or in the worst case the wager will be lost. When progressive jackpot bets are wagered as standalone bets, the bets are in addition to the normal wager placed. The progressive jackpot is then decided independently of the normal game. The progressive jackpot bet either results in the jackpot being hit or the bet loses. It cannot result in any other payout.

Almost all progressive jackpot online slot games have the integrated type of progressive bet. Only one wager is placed and if the designated symbols appear in the designated payline then the player gets the progressive jackpot. In some progressive jackpot online slot games the jackpot is hit randomly, but even for those the normal wager suffices. However there is one type of slot game that has an independent progressive jackpot requiring an independent and separate wager. This is the Dollar Ball side game attached to many Playtech video slots. A separate bet of $1 is required to activate the side game, which has nothing to do with the main slot game. After placing the progressive jackpot wager players select five numbers. As the reels spin in the main slot game five numbers are randomly drawn. The progressive jackpot is hit it all five numbers match.

Online casinos offer video poker variants with progressive jackpots. These games have the integrated type of progressive jackpot bet. However the progressive jackpot can be hit only if the maximum number of coins is wagered. Usually, hitting a royal flush results in the progressive jackpot payout. For other combinations are the payouts accrue as per the payout table.

Table games with progressive jackpots normally require a separate independent bet for the progressive jackpot. This allows the normal game to be played without interference from the progressive jackpot. For example in blackjack games with progressive jackpots the players make the normal wager and the normal moves for the standard blackjack game. They can if they want place a wager for the progressive jackpot. In most variants of progressive jackpot blackjack the jackpot is hit when the player is dealt four aces of the same suit. Some variants pay out the progressive jackpot if the player is dealt four aces of the same color. Casino poker games also have variants with progressive jackpots in which a separate progressive wager is required.

New players should realize that playing progressive jackpot casino games with the integrated progressive bet is fine because the same wager can result in other payouts as well. However the progressive jackpot bet which is independent eats into the bankroll very quickly. New players often play with small bankrolls and small wagers. Under these circumstances the independent progressive jackpot bet found in table games can be a big burden.

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Comment by: Melissa J. On: January 20, 2010
Love progressive games although I've never really won a sizable won I think that the fact that you can win a jackpot that will change your life overnight playing from the comfort of your own home or office is pretty great!
Comment by: Karon Spence On: January 10, 2010
I think I prefer when the progressive element to online casino games is not a part of the game but independent and that the entire game is the progressive and networked though other online casinos by the same software provider. That's the only way to really grow progressive jackpots to decent amounts.

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