Why progressive jackpot games are no longer solely the domain of slots

Quite commonly casino players assume that to play for a life-changing progressive jackpot you must play on an online slot.

In the traditional land-based casinos of Las Vegas and Atlantic City, slots like the Megabucks popularised progressive jackpot gaming. Soon thereafter the flexible nature of the internet meant that online casino companies realised that the new digital platform was an ideal medium through which to play progressive jackpot games.

There's no doubt that the biggest progressively linked online slot game is Mega Moolah, which frequently boasts online jackpots of several million pounds, dollars or euros. The Mega Moolah game was released in 2006 and it was an immediate success. The massive win by Klaus E. really lit up the game and soon thereafter Georgios M. made history in terms of online jackpots. These huge wins propelled Mega Moolah to legendary status. Since then Microgaming designed three additional 'Mega Moolah' themes, including Isis, Summertime and 5 Reel Drive. Microgaming also linked the Mega Moolah's four-tiered jackpot to other games such as The Lord of the Rings and The Dark Knight.

In addition to Mega Moolah, other popular online slot games from Microgaming have boasted their own huge progressive jackpots including:

Major Millions - With jackpots of at least $250,000.

King Cashalot - Jackpots often in excess of $300,000.

Treasure Nile - The first 9-line payout progressive jackpot slot often offers jackpots in excess of $100,000.

Tunzamunni - For those who like classic slots, Tunzamunni offers a progressive jackpot currently of over $75,000.

Cash Splash - Includes two versions, a 3-reel, 3-coin single line game, and a 5-reel, 15-line version, offering jackpots at around $20,000.

While these progressive slots are indeed popular, Microgaming were one of the first casino software developers to realise that there still was a largely untapped market when it comes to jackpot games. There are plenty of players who do not like to play slots but who would be happy to play for a large jackpot.

With that the boffins at Microgaming sat down and began looking at several other popular games and how they could be adapted to enable users to play the game and still have a chance at winning a progressive jackpot. Their endeavours have produced some excellent results and a wide variety of non-slot progressive games to try.

Supajax - If you are a fan of the video poker game (which offers one of the most favourable house edges for players), then Supajax is well worth a look. Based on the Jacks or Better video poker software, this game has a progressive jackpot currently in excess of $30,000 if you can hit the winning combination.

Jackpot Deuces - Jackpot Deuces is a variation of Video Poker, but one in which all 2's (deuces in casino lingo) are Wild. This increases your chances of making a winning hand and perhaps even landing yourself a chance at the progressive jackpot, which now stands at over $25,000

Triple 7s - Card games are always popular in casinos and none is more popular, or offers players a better chance to win in statistical terms than blackjack. Triple 7s is a world first, the only online progressive blackjack game available and currently offers a top progressive jackpot of over $100,000.

Poker Ride - Although many casinos now have dedicated poker areas and there are many poker-only sites, Poker Ride offers users the chance to enjoy their favourite card game with a twist. Land a straight flush and Poker Ride rewards you with 10% of the progressive jackpot, a world first in online gaming. Currently the progressive jackpot stands at just shy of $80,000.

Cyberstud - If stud poker is your game then Cyberstud is well worth a look. This is the progressive jackpot variant of the game allowing for a range of bet sizes across multiple casinos, with a current jackpot in excess of $100,000.

Roulette Royale - One of the most famous casino games, you can now play roulette with a chance at a huge progressive jackpot of over $300,000. If the same number repeats five times in a row at the wheel, then the jackpot is won!

Caribbean Draw Poker - If you enjoy this variation of poker, then you can win a whopping $450,000 plus at the moment if you land the progressive jackpot by hitting a Royal Flush in your main hand when playing the bonus side bet.

With companies like Microgaming committed to developing new, innovative progressive jackpot games that will appeal to fans of all casino games, not just online slots, then you can be sure that this already impressive list of games will be added to in the near future.

You can find all of the games mentioned here in the games page.

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