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How Does Odds Change for Winning a Progressive with a Different Bet/Denom?

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Written by Joshua

In a slot forum, a player asked me a pretty straightforward question regarding betting and progressives:

Does one have better odds of hitting a progressive (like Lightning Link) when you are playing a higher denom/bet?

So let’s start with a baseline. In most cases, games you play that have progressives improve your chances of winning them with a higher bet. Denomination normally doesn’t matter at all.

We of course know some games, you MUST max bet to have access to the progressives. The Quick Hit series is a great example of this.

So if we look at games like Lightning Link, Lock It Link, Mighty Cash, etc., and we look specifically at the progressives, you will have a better chance of winning a progressive on a higher bet (denomination doesn’t factor in here, since bet size matters moreso than the denom). So this covers the Major and Grand level on these machines (or whatever name – Maxi, etc. – you might find on others like Mighty Cash).

Now, many of these games also have flat “Bonus” jackpots at the Mini/Minor level. These traditionally change based on your denomination. So denomination does matter here in part because that establishes what these jackpots will sit at.

If you’re wagering $5 on pennies and the game provides a $10 Mini, that’s 2x your bet and if you get a Hold and Spin, you’ll have at least a reasonable chance of landing them, or landing a $10 ball that is worth the same amount.

But now if you shift to dimes, and that Mini is $100, it’ll be a lot harder to secure it as, relative to the bet, it’s a 20x prize instead of a 2x one. Instead, you’ll be more likely to get a $10 number (that would’ve said Mini on that pennies bet).

Now, not all games behave this way – Ultimate Fire Link has multiple progressives, but each denomination has its own, so if you up the denomination, all four progressives change. So wagering $2 on pennies vs. $2 on nickels will have an impact on your ability to win a progressive.

Keep in mind though that aside from any incremental changes to the payback for shifting denominations, you’ll probably still win a similar amount on one bonus vs. another presuming an identical wager – you’ll just see it in the form of a dollar amount vs. a progressive – the math between the denominations for winning hold and spin money (which is where the progressives usually come out and play) tend to be pretty consistent.

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My name is Joshua, and I’m a slot enthusiast who works in tech as a marketer by day, and dabbles in casinos periodically during off-times. Know Your Slots will reflect my interests in understanding the various ways you can play slots, travel, casino promotions and how you can get the most out of your casino visits.

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