As casinos begin to open, excitement and curiosity may overpower health concerns. Some of us just can’t wait to get back to the casino. If you are a prepared slot player, complete with mask and hand sanitizer, then you may be so excited while playing that you forget some important things. Here’ is your Guide to Slot Machine Play – Max Bet and Progressives Slots.
Number of Credits – When to Play Max Bet
Playing Straight Multipliers
Straight Multipliers are machines that pay out the same no matter what your bet per line equals. For example, if you bet 25 cents and get a paid 25 cents on that pull. Now, if on the next pull you bet 50 cents and get the same pay combination, you receive 50 cents. It’s the same multiplier for all payouts.
Playing Progressive Slot Machines
Types of Progressive Slot Machines
- Standalone Progressives have a jackpot ticker on the game. Only money bet on that specific machine feeds the jackpot. Many are “pay-for-play” machines. Depending on the number of credits played, you will be eligible for different payouts. The more credits you bet, the more paying combinations are available. Max bet usually includes the jackpot.
- Standalone “Must Hit By” Progressives are different from the standalone jackpots. They accumulate on every bet, but very slowly. The machine has when it has to hit the jackpot by. But it can take up to $5 in to move the jackpot one penny closer to that “must hit by” amount.
- Local Progressives are games that feature jackpots within a specific casino that are linked. This network can include as few as a dozen or so machines, or it can include a hundred machines—it just depends on the casino. Usually the jackpots available on these games are under $1,000,000, and often they’re under $100,000. Max Bet is usually required for these machines.
- Wide Area Network Progressives link slot machines from multiple casinos in the same state. This allows the jackpot to accumulate into astronomical sums of money, often over $1 million and sometimes even over $10 million. The most well-known brand of wide area network progressives are the Megabucks games from IGT.