An introduction to jackpots
A progressive jackpot is a prize pool that accumulates from every bet that players make on a slot machine. The term ”jackpot” first appeared around the 1870s, from the poker game ”Jacks or Better”. Players put their bets in a pot that could not be won unless a player had a pair of ”jacks or better”. Over time the pot could grow to become quite large before anyone won it.
When jackpots first emerged in land-based casinos, the jackpot was found on one slot machine. Over time multiple slots were linked together to allow the jackpot to build up higher. This is the same in jackpot slots in online casinos, the games are linked together, which can lead to jackpots reaching upwards of £10,000,000!