Microgaming mobile progressive jackpot games - Part Three

Microgaming mobile progressive jackpot games - Part Three

Let's take a look at the penultimate quartet of Microgaming games all of which offer a very tempting progressive jackpot to be won starting with the innovative Poker Ride progressive.

In our previous article in this series we covered some of Microgaming's most popular slot games including three massive progressive jackpot games; Mega Moolah, Major Millions and King Cashalot.

In this next selection of progressive jackpot games from Microgaming we head away from the traditional slot game and look instead at two types of progressive game that are much harder to find, video poker and roulette, before we head back to familiar territory with another slot that tends to pay out every ten days or so.

Poker Ride

  • Game Type - Video Poker
  • Min Bet to Trigger Progressive Jackpot - £1 (£0.50 Ante bet plus £0.50 Progressive Bet)
  • Average Win - £169,546
  • Biggest Win - £324,166
  • Average Time for Win - 1 year and 34 weeks

In a standard format of Video Poker, a player is dealt five cards face up, they then decide which out of the five cards they want to keep, and those they want to swap. The cards selected to be swapped are then changed and then the players hand is revealed. If they achieve a winning hand, then they win a cash prize based on the strength of their hand and their total bet, with higher value poker hands paying out a higher multiplier of bet.

Well forget that approach for Poker Ride as this is a Video Poker game that offers a little more strategy than the usual. In this exciting game, players place their Ante bet down and if they want a chance to win the progressive jackpot, then they place a side bet to (the value of 1 credit).

They are then dealt three cards face up and two face down and based on the value of the three cards shown a player can either elect to 'call' which will allow you to see the first face down card at no additional cost. Alternatively, you can raise by putting in a bet equal to your initial Ante bet. This increases the value of your total bet. You can then opt to 'call' or 'raise' for your fifth and final card.

The option to raise the value of your bet is so if you have a strong hand with your initial three cards, you can increase the value of your bet, so that you earn a bigger win. Winning hands start at a pair of tens or better, which pay even money and go up to a 1000/1 prize for landing a Royal Flush.

To win the progressive, you need to land a Royal Flush in the game and have placed the Side bet at the start of the hand of 1 credit. If you do this then not only do you trigger the progressive jackpot prize, but you also win the 1,000/1 bet based on your Ante for achieving the Royal Flush.

If you hit a Straight Flush then you earn a bonus of 10% of the total Progressive Fund as a prize for your side bet, plus the 200/1 pay out you would receive for your Ante bet.

The jackpot on Poker Ride isn't won that often, but when it is won it can offer the player a life-changing amount of money all on the turn of a playing card.

Roulette Royale

  • Game Type - Roulette
  • Min Bet to Trigger Progressive Jackpot - £2.00 (£1 plus £1 side bet)
  • Average Win - £440,353
  • Biggest Win - £440,353
  • Average Time for Win - 8 years 13 weeks

There is no doubt that few casino games are as iconic as Roulette and in Roulette Royale, you get the chance to enjoy a high-quality version of roulette online, complete with its own big progressive jackpot fund, which has been won just once in the game's history.

The first thing to clarify is that this is the European single-zero roulette wheel, as opposed to the American double-zero wheel and that is good news for the player as it means a lower house edge in the game, giving you more chance at a profit when you play.

There are the usual Red and Black numbers from 1 through to 36 and one green zero slot on the reel. The graphics are very beautifully done and the animations for the spinning wheel and the ball bouncing around it are superb.

As any player that has tried their hand at roulette will know, bets are made by placing them on the layout, with the outside bets being the shorter odds choices (Black/Red, Odd/Even, 1-18, 19-36 for example), while the inside bets are longer odds options, such as backing a single number, or two numbers. You can also place bets on streets, avenues, rows, columns or indeed any of the myriad of roulette bets available.

Once the player has placed the minimum bet level then the reel is spun and the wheel will land in one of the 37 slots on the reel. If you are a winner, you are paid out at the stated odds, if not the cash is collected from the layout and a new game begins.

So how do you land the progressive jackpot? Well in order to land the progressive jackpot you need to hit the same number five times one after the other on five successive spins of the reel. Now the mathematicians among you will know that this is a very rare event, but it does happen as one player has already landed a progressive jackpot by doing precisely that.

To qualify for the prize, you place a Jackpot Side bet and in addition to landing the full progressive prize if you get five of the same number in a row, you also earn smaller wins if you land 2, 3 or 4 in-a-row too. This means that you stand a chance of lower value wins, as well as the big progressive plus your standard bet could win on each spin too.

Roulette Royale is a jackpot that doesn't pay out too often but when it does it can be a huge amount, but you can pick up smaller wins using your side bet too, so don't overlook that fact when playing as those smaller wins can still be very profitable.

SupaJax

  • Game Type - Video Poker
  • Min Bet to Trigger Progressive Jackpot - £5.00
  • Average Win - £47,802
  • Biggest Win - £66,395
  • Average Time for Win - 6 weeks 2 days

With a guaranteed progressive jackpot prize of 10,000 and a range of bets available (though to stand a chance of the progressive, you will need to bet the maximum 5.00) SupaJax is another Video Poker progressive that tends to pay out smaller amounts more frequently than the Poker Ride progressive.

The first and most important thing you can do in this slot is set your bet level at the start. You can bet from 1.00 up to 5.00 per hand, but to stand a chance of the progressive jackpot, you need to bet the maximum amount. That means it isn't a cheap progressive to play per game, but as many punters will know, Video Poker offers one of the most advantageous house edges for players of all casino games.

Once you have set your bet level, you hit the deal and you now receive five cards. Simply select which of the cards to hold and which to swap. You then discard the swapped cards and replace them with new cards from the pack. Your hand is then evaluated and if you qualify for a cash prize, you will receive it.

The stronger your hand is in Video Poker, then the greater the prize you will earn from your win. Wins start from a pair of jacks or better, which pays out at even money.

There are a couple of things to note about the SupaJax game though that does make it different to the usual slot. First up, this is a 53-card pack, with the addition og the SupaJax card to it. This card is vital to winning the progressive jackpot as we shall now explain.

The addition of the SupaJax card also slightly alters the hand rankings. Now the Royal Flush is no longer the highest ranked hand in the game. That is the Supajax hand of four jacks and the SupaJax card. Land this hand and that is how you trigger the progressive jackpot prize (provided you have bet 5.00).

SupaJax is a fast, fun and enjoyable variant of Video Poker that is as much fun to play as a standard Video Poker game as it is a progressive, but it is those regular progressive payouts, every 6 weeks or so on average, combined with the low house edge that makes this game appeal so much to punters.

Treasure Nile

  • Game Type - Slot
  • Min Bet to Trigger Progressive Jackpot - £4.50
  • Average Win - £89,339
  • Biggest Win - £360,506
  • Average Time for Win - 10 days 17 hours

Egyptian-themed slots are hugely popular and it is good to see that there's a progressive jackpot game in this theme. Treasure Nile is a 5x3 reel slot that is based on an Egyptian theme and which consists of just 9 lines in play on each spin. The coin size for each line is set at 0.50, which means you play for 4.50 per spin.

That may be a little much for some lower stakes players (but for those there are other progressives you can play including Mega Moolah and Tunzamunni) but for medium stakes players and above, it is a nice sized bet.

Symbols on the reels include a number of Egyptian items including the Eye of Horus, King Tutankhamun's death mask, a Nile sailing boat, a King Cobra, Amulets, Anubis, Egyptian-styled pillars and of course, the Sphinx with the great Pyramids behind them in the backdrop.

There's no free spins to unlock in the Treasure Nile game though you can land the Pyramid Wild symbols which substitute for any of the other symbols on the reels to offer you the chance of more wins.

There is a scatter, the Golden Scarab beetle, but this simply offers you a cash prize of between 5x and 50x your total bet.

The key to the biggest prizes in the game is the King Tutankhamun Mask symbol. Land this on any of the first eight pay lines in all five positions on the reel and you will win the standard game jackpot of 6,000 coins.

However, if you can land these five symbols across the ninth line, then that is how you trigger the progressive jackpot prize. And the good news for big progressive prize hunters is that this is one of Microgaming's most commonly triggered jackpot games with prizes won on average every 10 or 11 days or so, with an average prize of just under 90,000 for the lucky winner.

Join us next time for our look at the final four Microgaming progressives including a famous Draw Poker game and a trio of other top games, each of which offer the players the chance to win a massive amount of cash.

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