The more you put in, the more you get out… well, in most things including your online slots game play. For the most part your investment will yield directly proportionate returns, so if a jackpot slot combination pays out 2,000 coins and a player’s line bet is valued at $1, then he/she will win $2,000 credits. If the player wagered $2 on the line they would win $4,000 for the same jackpot.
The exciting thing about slots is that they offer the opportunity to earn much greater returns on the initial wagering amounts than just proportionate returns. This is especially true in the case of progressive jackpot slots which can only be hit and claimed in full if the player is wagering the maximum bet value, if this has not been done then the player will only receive a fixed payout.
If we look at Microgaming’s King Cashalot progressive slot, wagering on its 9 lines at 4 coins per payline at a cost of $0.05, needs a total of $1.80 per spin. The fixed jackpot on this particular slot machine pays out at 15,000 coins which is equivalent to $3,000. The maximum bet to qualify for the progressive jackpot prize requires wagering on 9 lines at 5 coins per payline at a cost of $0.05 each which equates to $2.25 per spin. The guaranteed minimum payout when the jackpot is hit is $100,000 with maximum payouts into the million dollar mark. That’s quite a return for such a small investment!
Randomly triggered progressives enjoy a similar scenario. The jackpots are not dependant on predetermined symbol combinations but rather can be hit randomly after any spin of the reels and can also be hit if the player bets the minimum amount but again, the larger the wagers the player makes, the greater the chances of hitting the jackpot.
Recently online casinos have introduced new slot games in which players are provided benefits within regular payouts in return for betting larger values. Examples include some Cryptologic super hero themed slots like Batman wherein players are given the option of activating the Bonus Bet feature and bet 60 coins as opposed to the maximum bet of 50 coins. When the Bonus Bet function is active, scatter payouts are better and there is the additional benefit of a bonus game that can only be triggered when this function is in use. The bonus game pays out up to 100 times the triggering bet.
A similar feature called the “Extra Bet” is available and Microgaming powered casinos like Ruby Fortune, although in this case wagered amount is increased by 50% rather than just 10 coins. This option offers larger coin payouts than the standard game as well as free spins when certain symbols and combinations appear.
While increased wagering doesn’t assure one of increased returns, it often has the potential to provide a proportionate increase or greater. Betting the maximums on slots does however result in higher risks and one need to decide if this is something that can be sustained based on budget allowances.