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Progressive Jackpot
When England’s Jonathan Heywood took down the €17,879,645.12 prize while playing Microgaming’s Mega Moolah at Betway Casino in October of 2016, he broke the Guinness World Record for hitting the largest online casino slot jackpot in history. The prior record of almost the exact same amount had been set by a Finnish slot player in 2014 when playing Net Entertainment’s Mega Fortune. In both cases, the jackpots were won off what is known as a progressive jackpot game.

What is a Progressive Jackpot Game?

While a great majority of the online slot games are stand alone games with standard intra game jackpots, there are a few games on the market that in fact offer a progressive jackpot or jackpots as the ultimate prize. It’s worth noting that while it’s not common knowledge, there is a number of table games that also offer up a progressive jackpot based on a certain outcome. Caribbean Poker and Blackjack games come to mind.

Progressive jackpot games are games designed to siphon off a portion of every standard wager to be allocated towards a larger jackpot. These jackpots can be accumulated within a single game at a single online casino, or they can be accumulated from one or more online casino slots from one or more casino operators tied together over a single server. In the case of the latter, a specific game could be hosted by the software developer or by an operator or group of operators that control multiple online casino sites.

As a rule of thumb, the amount siphoned off usually comes back at about 5% of every standard bet. Over time, the progressive jackpot amount grows until one lucky player does what is necessary to claim the ultimate prize. Participants can be chosen at random while playing the game anywhere online, or they might gain access to a progressive jackpot game through some bonus feature built within the game(s). Several references have now been made to multiple games being tied together in a single progressive jackpot game. That’s because it exists, in one case, because of the efforts of one of the industry’s top software developers, Playtech.

Top Progressive Jackpot Games

Progressive jackpot slots are usually rated based on the average size of its progressive jackpots when they are hit or by the popularity of the game within the industry. Time and again, games like the aforementioned Mega Moolah and Mega Fortune have stood as the most popular games with the largest jackpots. Other top progressive jackpot games include The Dark Knight Rises and Beach Life.

Perhaps, the most creative progressive jackpot game in the industry would be the Marvel Mystery game from Playtech. Through a branding agreement with Marvel Comics, Playtech has developed a significant line of Marvel slots based on Marvel super heroes. The group includes, but in not limited to, Iron Man I, II and II, Blade, Ghost Rider, Spiderman, Hulk, Captain America and X-Men. Any player playing one of these games online could be chosen at random to play the Marvel Mystery four-tiered progressive jackpot game. The ultimate jackpot usually ranges somewhere between €500,000 and €1,000,000.

If you get the opportunity, you might want to give one of these games a shot. Where else on earth can you win €17,879,645.12 with a bet of less that several pence?