Progressive-Tracking Strategies for Maximizing Your Slots Payouts

jackpot slotsUnless you’re playing skill-based slots, there aren’t a lot of opportunities to make decisions that will positively affect the payout rates of most slot games. However, if you use a progressive-tracking strategy like the one that we’re going to describe here, you can actually boost your average payout rate, and it can even sometimes be so high that you have a small advantage over the casino. This requires a bit of time and effort, but it can definitely be worth it if you like big jackpots and are looking to increase your slot payout rate.

The General Premise of Progressive Jackpots

Progressive jackpots have a very distinct affect on the payout rates of games. Suppose we have an example progressive slot that would have a low payout rate of just 90 percent if we took away the chance to win the progressive but that has a 94 percent payout rate when the progressive is available.

If the jackpot starts off at the $100,000 level, then we can say that this $100k is worth 4 percentage points on the payout rate of the game. Along these lines, if it gets to the $200,000 level, we can extrapolate that the payout rate will be about 98 percent. It’s not hard to see where this is going. Imagine the jackpot gets up to $300,000. Then the payout rate will be about 102 percent.

We could use this fact to our advantage by only playing this game when the jackpot is really high. However, it could take a long time for that to happen, so we would be stuck with nothing to play in the meantime. The way to get past this limitation is to know the jackpot information for a larger number of progressive slots so that we’re able to pick out the jackpots that are the most favorable.

Tracking Progressive Jackpots

Here’s how this works. You’re going to need to make a spreadsheet to keep up with this data. If you don’t have a spreadsheet program, the free tools offered by Google Docs, Microsoft SkyDrive or OpenOffice will be more than sufficient for our purposes. Start by making columns for the name of the slot, the payout rate for the slot, the starting amount for the jackpot for that game, and the current amount of the jackpot. The column for the current amount will be updated when you start each slots session so that you can compare the data on your list of slots to choose the games that are the best picks.

A More Advanced Approach

If you want to get even more advanced with this approach, and you’re willing to put in the time and effort that’s required, then you can add a few other columns to your spreadsheet to give yourself a better chance of picking the best slots for you. You’ll need a column for the payout rate of the slot without the jackpot, and you’ll need a column for the payout rate with the jackpot. To fill in this data, you’ll have to do a bit of research. You can find the payout rates, with and without the jackpot, for a lot of games with online databases that are provided by software providers. If you’re having trouble finding the necessary information for one of these titles, then you can always email your online casino or the software provider themselves asking for that information.

Keeping Focused on the Right Information

The key to using this progressive-tracking strategy is to not get caught up on the exact size of the jackpots. A $100,000 jackpot might sound worse than one worth $550,000, but if the first one started off at $10,000 and the second started off at $500,000, then it’s obvious that the $100,000 jackpot game is probably going to be the way to go. Look at the size of the current progressive jackpots at the beginning of your session and compare those to where the jackpots start to help get the best idea on which games will have the highest payout rates based on those values.

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