Sometimes, it’s best not to play progressive slots at online casinos.
The thrill of winning the ‘big one‘ is what drives so many players to gamble at land-based and online casinos. Slot machines with huge jackpots, especially the progressive type, pay out life altering amounts of money. Everyone wants to be that lucky player who strikes it rich.
Rarely would I suggest avoiding progressive slot machines. Sometimes, they’re ROI (return on investment) can actually be higher than that of a standard slots game. The higher the progressive jackpot climbs, the higher the ROI, or expected value, grows. But there are a few rare occasions when players would do well not to play progressive slots at online casinos.
When to Avoid Progressive Slots at Online Casinos
There are essentially three scenarios that could arise, limiting or even disqualifying your ability to win a progressive jackpot. They have to do with playing through bonuses, conditional cashout restrictions, and sketchy software brands.
Restrictive Casino Bonuses
Every online casino promotes special bonuses for their players. It could be a welcome bonus for new members, an intermittent reload bonus, alternative payment bonus, etc. Whatever the case, it’s always important to read over the terms and conditions of the bonus before you play.
The majority of today’s casino bonuses are designed for slots play. You might assume this means you can play any slots game you wish. That’s often true, but not always. In some cases the bonus terms will restrict you from winning progressive jackpots while completing wagering requirements.
Be sure to look for this in the Promotional T&C before playing. As a quick reference, Royal Vegas does not invoke such limitations.
Weekly/Monthly Cashout Limits
Most online casinos set limits on the amount of money a player is permitted to withdrawal in a single week or month. Such limitations will be specified in the T&C. Immediately following this information, you should find a clause that exempts winners of progressive jackpots.
For example, Royal Vegas restricts players to withdrawals of up to “5,000 credits per week”. The paragraph explaining this (Promotional T&C Section 16.6) ends with the following statement:
“Wins from progressive games are exempt from this clause.”
That means a player who happens to win the multi-million dollar Mega Moolah for $5 million will be able to withdrawal the entire amount.
Although very rare these days, should you come across a casino that does not have a similar clause for progressive winnings, do not play those games! Imagine winning $5 million and having to withdrawal $5k per week until it’s all paid? That would take 20 years. No, thank you!
Sketchy RTG Progressive Slot Machines
Last but not least—and I say this with all sincerity—don’t bother playing any progressive jackpot slots built by RealTime Gaming (RTG). They have an abysmal reputation for never paying out. I don’t mean you won’t get paid if you win, I mean you won’t win because they don’t pay out.
This applies to a lot of RTG progressives but the most infamous is their Aztec’s Millions slot. They released this game at the start of 2009. It drew a lot of attention at first, being one of only two progressive jackpots online that seeds at $1,000,000. But in the last 8 years, it has never once paid its jackpot.
Microgaming’s Mega Moolah—the other $1,000,000 seed—has paid out 38 times in the last ten years. Winners are paid, without fail and without hassle, every time.
Royal Vegas Canada is Canadian friendly, a legitimate brand and operator that has been our editorial pick for back to back years. Highly recommended for prospective Canadian gamblers.