Almost every website has some form of progressive jackpot pokies. Some websites have smaller jackpots which will give your bankroll a nice boost. Others have jackpots that award life-changing money, such as Mega Moolah or Major Millions. However, not all progressive jackpot pokies are worth your trouble.
Today, we will take a look at some reasons you should avoid progressive pokies. These reasons focus on individual games and not progressives as a whole. If a game has some of these features, you should probably avoid playing them.
You Must Play Max Credits to Qualify for the Progressive Jackpot
Old-school classic pokies for real money require you to play max credits to hit the jackpot. This was also the case for many progressive jackpots. However, many modern online pokies will award the progressive jackpot either at random or by landing a special combination.
However, there are a few games that still require that you play max credits in order to even qualify for the progressive jackpot. These games should largely be avoided by casual online pokies players, and depending on other factors, they may need to be avoided by high rolling customers. The variance and bankroll requirements are too great for the majority of players to afford to play for the jackpot.
The RTP For the Jackpot Makes the Base Game Bad
When considering a progressive jackpot game, take a look at the RTP. When doing so, look for a mention of how much that the progressive jackpot contributes to the overall RTP. Generally, this percentage ranges from 1.2 to 2.5%. Whatever the figure is, subtract that from the overall RTP to see what the RTP is for the base game.
If the RTP drops below 95% after removing the RTP for the progressive, this game is not worth playing at all. We recommend avoiding games with an RTP below 95%, and if the only way to get 95% is to hit the progressive, then the game is bad.
The Progressive Takes Too Long To Trigger
There are some progressive jackpot games that take an extremely long time to trigger. Games like Mega Moolah triggers every 8 to 12 weeks. That’s not too bad. However, games that take a year or longer for the jackpot to trigger should largely be avoided.
There are resources that you can find online that will tell you the last time a progressive jackpot triggered for a game and how long it generally takes for a game to trigger. Also, consider the amount of money won versus the amount of time it takes to trigger. If the jackpot is only worth $100,000 and it takes 8 months to trigger, that game is not that great. However, if you can win $1 million or more in a game that takes 4 to 5 months to trigger, that game is worth risking a few bucks on.
The Progressive Jackpot Triggers Too Frequently
There are many smaller progressive jackpot games that trigger as frequently as every hour. Others trigger at least once a day. If you’re looking to make a nice score with a progressive, these types of games are not worth your trouble. That’s because the jackpots are extremely small. In many cases, you’d be better off playing a game with a fixed jackpot.
The Jackpot is the ONLY Reason to Play the Game
Finally, there are some online pokies out there where the only feature of the game is a progressive jackpot. Otherwise, the game just offers a base game with no bonus features like free spins, cascading wins, or anything that can help you score some healthy wins.
These games are generally not worth playing for a couple of reasons. First, the chances of winning anything substantial are low. Next, these types of games are boring and many players lose interest quickly. You’re better off skipping the game and finding a game that has better features.