The History of Progressive Slot Machines
In the beginning, slot machines only offered occasional, nominal payouts. When technology became more sophisticated, the idea of progressive slot machines was born. This entails networks of particular games in which the money players bet is pooled to form an ever-growing jackpot. The jackpot continues to grow until one player wins it and then a new jackpot begins to grow again. Most casinos take 10% of every pound a player bets on a spin in order to add to the jackpot.
Progressive networks are divided into two categories; area-wide, and proprietary. The difference between the two is that are networks includes connected games within a particular part of the country/state. While area networks pay out less frequently than proprietary networks, they also pay out larger amounts.
Among progressive jackpots are primary and secondary versions. Players strive to win the primary jackpot because it is the reward for getting a matching group of the highest paying symbols in a slot machine. Secondary jackpots are rewarded more often but are worth much less.
Until 1986 casinos had no concept of a progressive jackpot. That was the year that progressive slot machines made their debut, courtesy of International Game Technology, aka, IGT. This moved the industry forward from only offering fixed jackpots to offering jackpots that grew in value.
Megabucks were the first slot machine that offered players a chance to win a progressive jackpot. It started out at land-based casinos and has now made its way online. In 1987, Megabucks paid out the first progressive jackpot to one lucky player. Due to the success of Megabucks, IGT went on to create many other progressive slot machines.
However, not all progressive slots are modern games. Even certain classic three reel slots boast a progressive jackpot. Four real classic slots also sometimes offer wide area progressive slots (WAPS.) These slots build up their progressive jackpots by taking a portion of each UK player’s real money bets.
Industry experts have chosen a handful of progressive slot machine games as the best. These include Mega Moolah, Mega Fortune, Hall of Gods, Arabian Nights, Beach Life, Mega Moolah Isis, Melon Madness, Jackpot Giant, Aztec’s Millions, Marvel Ultimate Power Jackpot and King Cashalot.
Mega Moolah has been paying out huge progressive jackpots since 2009. The first UK player to win this game’s jackpot won £5.8 million on The Dark Knight, which at that time was connected to the Mega Moolah jackpot. In 2016 another lucky player won a progressive jackpot of £7.9 million. The year prior to that, one lucky player won £3.7 million on Beach Life.
Progressive slot machines have proven to be popular with players in the UK, as well as many other countries throughout the world. They have grown in value since the first progressive jackpots. New games are constantly being released to online casinos that offer bigger and better progressive jackpots than ever before. The future of progressive slot machines looks to be long and fruitful.