Should I increase my bet size when playing Mega Moolah?

One of the most common comments you will read when looking into playing the Mega Moolah progressive jackpot slot, in particular with reference to increasing your chances of winning that massive progressive jackpot prize, is that the only way a player can realistically do this is by increasing the value of their stake for each spin.

It is certainly true that there is no other 'magic formula' you can use to increase your chances on winning the slot and there's certainly no 'cheats' that will help you try and defeat the software, it is true that paying more per spin on the slot does increase your chances of at least triggering the Jackpot Bonus game, and the more times you can trigger that, then the more chance you have of being one of the lucky players to land that massive jackpot prize.

However, while increasing the size of your stake can increase your chances of triggering the Jackpot Bonus Game, it only does so by a relatively small amount when you compare it to your actual chance of winning the Mega Moolah jackpot prize.

What is correct though, is that if you wager more than the 0.25 minimum bet on the slot, then the amount you wager more increases your chances of triggering the jackpot by a proportional amount. So if you wager 0.50, rather than 0.25, you have a slightly more of a chance of triggering the Jackpot Bonus game.

However, in the grand scheme of the game, your chances of triggering that massive win still remain small and of course, it has to be that way for Microgaming to offer the massive million-plus prizes that are a regular feature of the slot. As a result of this, you need to figure out whether it is financially viable for you to play for more cash per spin, or whether you should play minimum bet per spin.

It is this issue which we are going to look at in this article.

Before we continue by looking at the good reasons to play Mega Moolah for the minimum bet, we are making a couple of assumptions here. We are always aware of the importance for the individual to indulge in positive gaming habits and we are assuming that if you are considering increasing your stake on the Mega Moolah slot that:

  1. You have the financial capabilities to do so and will not be putting yourself into any hardship or making any poor decisions to fund this increase in spending, and;
  2. You are fully in control of your budgeting and can play the slot safely and sensibly without trying to recoup any losses you may make by spending more than you can afford.

So assuming that you tick the boxes for both of these criteria, let's now take a look at when it makes sense to play the minimum bet.

When should I play for minimum stake on Mega Moolah?

There are a lot of good reasons to play the minimum bet on the Mega Moolah slot, even though it may offer you slightly less chance of triggering the jackpot bonus game.

The first is somewhat obvious and that is if you have just claimed a bonus from a casino which is offering you the chance to play spins on the Mega Moolah slot, such as that are available at the casinos.

With these bonuses, it makes sense to maximise the number of spins you can receive, although you can, if you so wish, increase the size of the bet, although this will mean that you get fewer than the advertised number of spins this way.

Another good reason for playing the minimum bet on Mega Moolah is if you have a small bankroll and only have a limited amount of funds available to play. For example, if you have a balance of less than £100, I would always recommend that you play the minimum bet and in truth, I would ideally prefer a balance of £500 or more, before I would even consider playing for more than the minimum bet.

There are other reasons when I, personally, feel a minimum bet is the better option. I tend to move down to the minimum bet for a period of time after the progressive jackpot has been triggered, simply because the expected value of the slot isn't as great as it is when the jackpot is considerably higher.

In addition, if I have had a relatively ineffective spell of spins in previous sessions, I will reduce my bet size down to the minimum bet until I start to land some wins and then when they start to come, I will then, funds permitting, move up to a higher value bet.

Remember, there is much more to Mega Moolah than simply winning the progressive jackpot, by approaching the game first and foremost as a slot and in particular the base game, which features a jackpot of up to 225,000 coins available to be won, you can often find that this approach offers you a better return than simply relying on the jackpot bonus game triggering.

What's the major benefit of playing Mega Moolah for a bigger stake?

So while playing for minimum stakes is a solid option for many people most of the time, there are a number of times when I feel increasing the value of your bet makes sense.

The first is if you are a higher roller player and simply enjoy the thrill of playing for more per spin than the average. There are a smaller number of higher rollers around, particularly on slots, but they do exist and these players will often play most slot games for the maximum bet without any concerns.

At a lower level, if you have been playing minimum bet for a while and not hit a winner, or had an unusual run of non-winning spins, then I sometimes increase my bet value. This can be effective as it means if you do hit a win later in the session, you will do so when betting more on each spin and as a result, your win will be worth more, allowing you to possibly recoup your losses, or at least some of them.

Of course, the massive benefit of a bigger bet on Mega Moolah is more chance of triggering the bonus game, but there are other benefits and they are evidenced when you land a win.

What pay outs on Mega Moolah does playing for a bigger stake per spin affect?

One thing to note is that increasing the size of your bet on Mega Moolah does not have any effect of the size of the progressive jackpots available. It doesn't matter if your triggering bet is 0.25 or the maximum 6.25 on the spin. If you win the Mega Moolah Major Progressive (the one below the Mega progressive prize) and win £20,000, then you receive £20,000 regardless of your bet size.

However, in the base game, the prizes that you win are calculated based on the size of the individual coin you wager on each of the lines of the slot. As such, if you increase the value of your bet, you increase the value of your coins and as such, this will lead to you landing bigger cash value prizes during the standard Mega Moolah game.

All pay outs in the base game, from landing the paying symbol combinations to the Scatter symbol pays based on your total bet, are all dependent on the size of your bet and will increase or decrease as you increase or decrease the size of your bet in the game.

Ultimately, there isn't an 'ideal' bet size to play Mega Moolah, it is entirely down to the individual to find a bet size that suits their gaming style and their wallet. However small tweaks in how much you pay per spin and your strategy for playing Mega Moolah, can reap some additional benefits for the player.

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