Unlike the very first examples of slots machines, modern slot machines are computer operated. Even if the layout is old fashioned - a one-armed mechanical bandit - inside you would probably find a computer chip. The use of computer software allows using different game scenarios and perfect graphic and sound effects for the slots game. Today you can even meet slot machines with classic casino games like roulette and poker. But, in most cases, it is only an illusion because all these games are still played as slots game - that is you play a game of chances and there is no way you can affect the outcome (although you can press different buttons making different bets, choosing card etc).
To attract customers, many casinos, besides the huge number of possible games in slot machines, started to offering various additional options. For example, a bonus slots machine when as a pay out you can get an additional round of slots and thus stay at the machine and continue playing.
Another way to attract gamblers to playing a slot machine is the progressive slots. Progressive slots is a series of slots machines that are combined into the network. On the progressive slots a certain percentage of each bet of each machine is added to the jackpot. That is good and bad at the same time.
Such a way of operating in the progressive slots is good as long as gamblers can win a pretty big jackpot (the latest record in the United States of America was $35 millions). But it is also bad, because as long as money for jackpot are taken from each bet - the progressive slots machines have lower pay back rates compared to basic slot machines.
If you have decided to play the progressive slots, you need to remember several simple rules. First of all, in all the progressive slots systems, the jackpot is paid only if you are playing maximum coins. So, if you do not think about jackpots and do not want to play maximum coins, you should better choose another kind of slots. Progressive slots is probably the game with the lowest odds in the sector of slots games.
Another thing about progressive slots you have to understand clearly is that the possibility to hit the jackpot is pretty low. It is several millions to one that it would be you who gets the prize money. So, think twice before starting to play the progressive slots - do you really need that? Do you want to hit the jackpot or you only want to play a couple of games at a slot machine?
And all the regular rules, that are applied to the slot machines, are useful when you are playing the progressive slots. Do not rush and always know when to stop the game. And try to figure out the amount of money you are ready to spend at the slot machine before the game (and do not take more than that sum of money when you are going to play slots).
And, of course, just enjoy the game at the slot machine - possibly you can become that very one of 50 millions to hit the jackpot.