Why Do Some Games of Pokies Have Bigger Jackpots?

  Saturday, November 19, 2011

One thing that you’ll notice fairly early on about different games of pokies and online slots is that the size of the jackpot varies. In fact, at times you’ll definitely notice that the size of the jackpot between different games of slots and online pokies can actually vary by quite a lot.

But why is it that this happens?

In part, it is important that you remember that at the end of the day the games of pokies and online slots that you play are engineered in such a way as their odds all relate to the payout percentage that returns a set amount of cash to players.

Generally speaking, when it is less likely to hit a certain winning combination – the payout will certainly be higher. This rule applies to jackpots as much as any other winning combination in slots and online pokies!

For example, if there is one jackpot where you have a 1 in 1,000 chance of winning and a $1,000 payout, it makes sense that in another jackpot where there is a 1 in 100,000 chance of winning the payout might be $100,000. It doesn’t necessarily relate linearly in this fashion – but the point is that the jackpot that is less likely to be obtained would have an appropriately higher payout.

In a practical sense, you should start to realize that the easiest way to notice this in online slots and pokies games is to look at the difference between the jackpots of 3-reel games of pokies and online slots and 5 reel games instead.

Because the 5-reel games have jackpots that are a lot harder to obtain, their jackpots will consistently be larger than their 3-reel counterparts.

Of course, the largest jackpots of any games of slots and online pokies will definitely be those of progressive jackpots. This is because these games allocate a specific portion of each bet made in any of the linked games of pokies or online slots towards a central jackpot pool.

Some of the progressive jackpots out there can range up to 30 million dollars or more! As you would expect from such large jackpots however, the odds of landing them are definitely extremely low – which is in line with what you should now know.

By this stage you should have a firm grasp of why some games of pokies or online slots have larger jackpots than others, and what it all means. Ideally, you shouldn’t be choosing a game of pokies or online slots based on its jackpot alone, but should be looking at other factors because at the end of the day you’re not very likely to hit the jackpot – really!