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High payout slots offer players the chance to bag some serious big jackpots as well as secure plenty of regular wins.

While progressive jackpots grab headlines and reward slots gamblers with life-changing prizes, they're not the only games to hit up if you're after a high payout.

Not all slots are created equal, and some pay more than others; some pay MUCH more than others. But with a bit of canny homework, you can avoid the lousy games that suck up your bankroll while also taking a shot at the big-jackpot slots.

Big Slots Payout Percentages

If you're interested in making serious long-term gains from a slot, you need to be up to speed on the RTPs.

RTPs (Return to Player percentages) or 'payout percentages' are the theoretical long-term payout made by slots to players. For example, a slot with a 95% RTP will pay out $95 for every $100 wagered on the game over a long period of time. Slots will have these figures programmed into their before arriving at the casino and only serve as an absolute minimum that will be paid out.

Online slots tend to pay out better than their land-based cousins (around 80-90 percent in live slots compared to 90-98 percent in online slots). Whichever you choose, always check the paytable first. Some (but certainly not all) developers and casinos will list the RTP% of slots in their lobbies or on the actual slot paytables themselves.

High Probability Payouts

Of course, the RTP isn't the only thing players should be concerned with. Reading the paytable you'll also discover the payouts for various jackpots and Scatter pays. These can vary wildly from slot to slot, depending on what symbols are featured on each reel - and how many.

Five Wilds on a payline may pay out 10,000 coins, for example, but if the slot only has two Wilds on each reel (out of a possible 50 symbols per reel) the actual odds of hitting the jackpot are much higher.

Types of High Jackpots

Checking the paytable for an RTP is just the first step; you also want to see how many jackpots are available - and how much they award.

In a solid 5-reel online slot, you'll earn a jackpot for five Wilds on a payline (usually awarding 5,000 or 10,000 coins) while bonus rounds like free spins or a 'Trail Bonus' can reward much more.

The maximum 'base game' jackpot will usually be displayed on the game screen while you play, or in the paytable. The best thing about regular big jackpots is that they are available to players regardless of their stakes. So, whether you're playing for 1p a spin or £10, you can bag some relatively big payouts.

However, when it comes to progressive jackpots, they are normally reserved for the big gamblers only.

How Progressive Jackpots Work

You've seen the headlines: an anonymous slots player from Europe or the UK takes down a multi-million Euro progressive on The Dark Knight or Mega Moolah.

Progressive jackpots are formed of small percentages of each wager (say, 1%). That portion goes toward a maximum jackpot that will clearly be displayed on the game screen slowly ticking upwards.

Most times, players need to be wagering the maximum coin bet to qualify towards a progressive, and the jackpot is usually taken down in a number of ways:

  • Lining up five winning symbols on the last payline
  • Triggered at random
  • Triggered at random but leads to a mystery bonus round or Wheel of Fortune

For example, the popular Microgaming slot, Mega Moolah, triggers its progressive jackpot at random by sending players to a Wheel of Fortune. Line up the special symbols and one of four linked jackpots (Mega, Major, Minor and Mini) can be won.

Success breeds success in online jackpot slots: the longer a progressive jackpot goes unclaimed, more people play to take their shot, and the jackpot rises faster. And while some of the biggest progressives have been seen in the US via linked machines across multiple casinos and states, more and more million-pound jackpots are being taken down online.

Once won, a progressive is usually 'seeded' back to a minimum amount, ready to rise again and reward another big winner.

Big Progressive Winners

Prize: $39,713,982
Game: Megabucks
Won: 2003, Las Vegas

In 2003, a software engineer put a coin into IGT's Megabucks slot at the Excalibur in Las Vegas and duly won the game's progressive jackpot.

The Guinness Book of Records had to form a new page for the 25-year-old winner as he beat the previous Megabuck top jackpot of $34.9 million - won in 2000.

Prize: 18 million Euros
Game: Mega Fortune
Won: 2013, PAF Casino

In 2013, a lucky Finnish player took down a top jackpot worth €17,861,813 playing popular NetEnt slot, Mega Fortune. It easily beat the previous big jackpot on Mega Fortune (6 million Euros won in 2012)

Prize: £10 million+
Game: The Dark Knight, Mega Moolah
Won: ????

Leading slots developer, Microgaming, has several linked jackpot slots as part of its 'Mega Jackpots' series of games. The Dark Knight - based on the hit Hollywood blockbuster - and the jungle-themed Mega Moolah continue to make headlines for their big jackpots. In 2015, a Canadian player won CAD7.5 million on The Dark Knight. While that was impressive, the maximum jackpot quickly rose above £10 million as more players went for glory.

Finding the Best High Payouts

There are several tips to getting the highest slots payouts: playing the maximum number of coins is a good start - making sure you have the bankroll to cope - and picking games that are popular amongst players to ensure a high jackpot.

Remember that many non-progressive slots also have big jackpots in their base games. So, do your homework, always read the paytable carefully, and make a shortlist of volatile slots that won't suck up your bankroll before you hit that big prize.

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