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Progressive Slots

11 June 2004

Let's talk about those life-changing machines that are always prominently displayed and provide neon-overload for the casino visitor.

Progressive Slot Players are no longer limited to that old standard--MegaBucks by IGT.p Innovative slot manufacturers now introduce progressive versions at the same time as the companion bonus version is introduced on the casino floor.

Many players are not aware that there are generally two levels of progressive jackpots -- primary and secondary. Nearly all are at least three coin machines with many graduated jackpots and pay symbol possibilities. At this juncture, I insert this warning: Do not, as in never, play less than maximum coins with progressives for it's a waste of money and a downright shame to be left disappointed if that jackpot hits with less than max. in play.

There is the true story of a player who hit the MegaBucks jackpot and had to settle for 10 grand rather than millions playing the wrong way.

A 'primary' jackpot is the top prize offered when a player hits a specific combination. In the case of Megabucks, linked to participating casinos, the Megabucks symbols lined up correctly produce a bountiful payday. This top jackpot, increasing with each coin played is the one showing the highest dollar value and is usually displayed with the largest sign and numbers above the carousel or bank of machines.

Secondary jackpots are displayed on smaller screens mounted below the big screen of the primary jackpot, and increase apportionately to the number of coins played. These secondary jackpots are hit more frequently and therefore will not payout as large a sum of money on the progressive meter.

Before playing any single group of progressives, check out the primary and secondary jackpots, and then compare other surrounding progressives on the casino floor to see how high those jackpots are relative to their starting amounts.

Change people and slot hosts can be helpful with information on where the largest progressive jackpots are located. After a progressive jackpot is hit, the meter automatically resets to the base jackpot amount, e.g., seven million in the case of Megabucks. You can check out the latest Megabucks Jackpot information at: 1-888-448-2WIN.

The most popular progressive by far is the Wheel of Fortune available in four denominations: quarters, 1/2 dollar, dollars and five dollars. The dollar version resets to $ 1million and quarters to $200,000 after every win. Other progressive versions are: Nickel Deluxe, Quarter Deluxe, Progressive Jeopardy, Addams Family MegaJackpot, Party-Time, Betty Boop, I Dream of Jeannie and Elvis. Bally's Thrillion Series is also popular and includes three Blondie versions, 777 Millionaire, and Popeye.

There are many choices in Slots land; however, my final tip is to take the time to search for the highest jackpot in your choice of denomination.

Until next we meet in the Slots Playground…

Gayle Mitchell

Gayle Mitchell, one of the first women to break through the “felt ceiling” of the previously male-dominated world of casino gambling gurus, is now regarded as one of North America’s leading experts on casino gambling.

Gayle’s commitment to educating the gambling public began almost 20 years ago, when she walked into a Las Vegas casino and experienced for the first time the thrill that comes with winning even a small bet. She made up her mind then and there to learn every game in the casino, and a short time later resolved to make a career out of sharing her insights with other gamblers. She had always considered herself to be a good teacher – she believes in keeping things simple – and decided that she would commit herself to showing newbies how to become knowledgeable, intelligent gamblers.

Gayle started her own publishing company, and her first book came out in 1997. Today she is the author of seven books, seven EBooks, and a set of five Tips booklets, and has presented many seminars on casino gambling. Currently she teaches Learn to Win Programs with other leading experts at GamblingTeachers.com. The site is a player-friendly Free Gambling Learning Center offering 300+ online lessons for popular casino games plus Gambling Teachers Blog. Gayle also operates www.gamerisms.com, which is a games glossary site for sport, casino, skill and video game players.

“It’s a fact that less than 2 percent of casino players know the profitable, correct strategies and/or rules for most casino games,” Gayle says. “Our group of career teachers and writers are working to improve that statistic.”

Gayle Mitchell Websites:

www.gamblingteachers.com
www.gamerisms.com
Gayle Mitchell
Gayle Mitchell, one of the first women to break through the “felt ceiling” of the previously male-dominated world of casino gambling gurus, is now regarded as one of North America’s leading experts on casino gambling.

Gayle’s commitment to educating the gambling public began almost 20 years ago, when she walked into a Las Vegas casino and experienced for the first time the thrill that comes with winning even a small bet. She made up her mind then and there to learn every game in the casino, and a short time later resolved to make a career out of sharing her insights with other gamblers. She had always considered herself to be a good teacher – she believes in keeping things simple – and decided that she would commit herself to showing newbies how to become knowledgeable, intelligent gamblers.

Gayle started her own publishing company, and her first book came out in 1997. Today she is the author of seven books, seven EBooks, and a set of five Tips booklets, and has presented many seminars on casino gambling. Currently she teaches Learn to Win Programs with other leading experts at GamblingTeachers.com. The site is a player-friendly Free Gambling Learning Center offering 300+ online lessons for popular casino games plus Gambling Teachers Blog. Gayle also operates www.gamerisms.com, which is a games glossary site for sport, casino, skill and video game players.

“It’s a fact that less than 2 percent of casino players know the profitable, correct strategies and/or rules for most casino games,” Gayle says. “Our group of career teachers and writers are working to improve that statistic.”

Gayle Mitchell Websites:

www.gamblingteachers.com
www.gamerisms.com