machines have made great progress in recent
years. In the 1980’s they grew very quickly,
and by the end of the decade they accounted
for 70% of all casino revenue. This rapid growth
is attributed to one fact: the jackpots for
slot machines grew tremendously during this
time period. Slot machines are also easy to
play, and new players were attracted to the
possibility of winning huge amounts of money
with no previous gambling experience.
There are two reasons that the jackpots on slot
machines started getting larger. The first was
the invention of the computerized slot machine.
Unlike mechanical slot machines, which usually
offered only 22 different possibilities on each
reel, the new computerized slots could offer
unlimited combinations. This allowed the casinos
to offer larger jackpots without compromising
their ability to make money on the machine because
the odds of winning the jackpot were so much
lower with the larger numbers of combinations.
Even though the odds of hitting the jackpot
were so much lower, customers were attracted
to the possibility of winning such a large prize.
The second thing that contributed to the growth
of the slot machine industry is the linking
of several slot machines to each other, both
within a casino and among networks of machines
across the country. This allowed casinos to
share jackpots among networks of machines, for
even larger jackpots. Some of these networks
started out with guaranteed jackpots of a million
dollars. Now, for the first time ever, slot
machines were competing with the lottery. Now
millions of people who played the lottery regularly
saw another chance at having a single stroke
of luck change their entire futures.
Progressive slot machines have evolved to include
bonuses that help keep people playing while
they are working toward that big payoff. There
are also smaller jackpots that pay off more
frequently, which appeal to players with a little
more realistic outlook.
Progressive slots have grown immensely popular
among millions of players. These players are
constantly hoping to find some tips and strategies
that can give them an advantage at being the
next winner of the big progressive slots jackpots.