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Pros and cons of playing jackpot slots at the casino

 August 3, 2022

By  Elle Gellrich

If you enjoy a wager at the casino, whether it’s on the Las Vegas strip or from your smartphone, you’ll know that there are literally hundreds of slot games out there. They cover every imaginable topic, from pop culture to Ancient Greece, but one category that stands apart is the jackpot slots.

Progressive jackpots have been around since the 1980s. Every time someone plays one of the linked games, the jackpot goes up a little more, and eventually, someone gets lucky. Jackpots like these can run into the tens of millions, and while the odds of winning are astronomically long, they have that same “maybe, just maybe” attraction that tempts us into buying Lotto tickets. Let’s take an objective look at the pros and cons of playing jackpot games.

Jackpot games – the pros

Last year, a player in Belgium won almost €20 million at Napoleon Casino from a €15 wager on Mega Moolah. In 2015, a British player won £15 million playing the same game online. The main advantage of jackpot slots is an obvious one. They open up the opportunity to access million-to-one returns, something no other casino game can boast.

Incidentally, if you ever wondered what happens when you win big at a casino, last year’s lucky Belgian winner received his money in a lump sum along with advice from the casino on how to handle it.

The online casino era has brought new jackpot games to the market. In other words, there are more to choose from, and you can play them at any time from your PC or smartphone.

Jackpot games – the cons

Jackpot slots don’t spit out millions every day. There are a handful of stories from the past 15 years of players winning these kinds of sums. Contrast that with the millions who play the games and you start to realize just how long the odds are.

What’s more, note the amount the Belgian gambler wagered. Usually, you only have a chance at the jackpot when you place the maximum bet. That means you are unlikely to spend all evening playing jackpot slots in search of the big one!

Volatility is high, so you don’t even get rewarded with much in the way of smaller payouts to relieve the pain a little. Shoveling all your money into a jackpot game in search of a big win is most likely going to achieve no more than an exhausted bankroll.

So should you play?

The logical answer is clear – of course, you shouldn’t. Statistically, you’re far better off playing a game with low volatility and house edge like baccarat and grinding out slow wins. But logic only gets you so far. Sometimes we can’t ignore that little voice telling us that with a potential return of a million to one, it is surely worth a try.

Some gamers ignore the jackpot slots for most of their casino gaming session. Then if they have a successful time on other games, they give the jackpot slot a spin or two with their winnings. It’s as good a strategy as any.

Elle Gellrich


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