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Telling Slot Machine Tells: Catch the Big One 2, Pop ‘n Pays

Reel 'em In Catch the Big One 2 by WMS
Written by Joshua

Today’s edition of Telling Slot Machine Tells focuses on winning progressives. There’s a somewhat common thread to certain games, if you know what you’re looking for, that can reveal your progressive win before it happens on your screen.

Reel ’em In: Catch the Big One 2

Reel 'em In Catch the Big One 2 by WMS
Screen shot of video by Slot Queen; used with permission.

In this game, if you get three lures, you win a fish, and the fishes can be anywhere from a few dollars to hundreds of dollars in progressives. But if you watch your neighbors’ machines, you can see a progressive reset before the fish are animated to show you the result.

As such, if you want to know the outcome faster, all you have to do is look to your left or right and see which progressive starts over.

Watch and Learn

Awhile back Slot Queen featured a video that discusses that there’s a tell. If you watch really carefully you can see an example of one progressive resetting before it shows on their friends’ screen:

Pop ‘n Pays

Screen shot of video by Brian Christopher; used with permission.

A similar scenario happens on Pop ‘n Pays series of games when you win one of the three-stage Must Hit By progressives on the Pop ‘n Pays series of games from Gaming Arts.

It has a somewhat lengthy animation, and gets longer for higher stages, when you win a Must Hit By progressive, but the other machines, it resets once the progressive win has been triggered.

Watch and Learn

Brian Christopher has had a lot of success on these games, including this lengthy run with multiple Must Hit By progressives. In the video he discusses the tell with Britt on his team:

Other Progressives

As you can imagine, there are many games where this doesn’t work, but there’s also scenarios where they do. In places where bonuses are predetermined, such as the New York state lottery-run video gaming machines, you may see tell tale signs of a tell on progressives when one is triggered, such as:

  • The progressives on your machine freeze, which indicates one of the numbers on screen is about to be won, on a game like Ultimate Fire Link
  • One of the progressives on a machine adjacent to yours resets

In cases like these, if you want to avoid being tipped off, just don’t look to your neighbor’s machine.

About the author


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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