Are Jackpots Being Toned Down?

September 5, 2012

In September of 2011, an unnamed player in Norway hit a €11,736,375, progressive jackpot pool win whilst playing Mega Fortune at Betson Online Casino. This progressive jackpot payout is now listed in the Guinness book of World records as the largest online slot win ever.

At the time of this win, we actually raised a very valid question, asking whether the jackpot pool situation was getting out of hand, and whether progressive jackpot pay outs were simply getting too large? At the time, we used the amazing world record win above, alongside several other multi-million progressive jackpot wins in the previous weeks playing not only Mega Fortune, but other video slot games including Beach Life and Lord of the Rings, to demonstrate the fact that progressive jackpot pools were simply getting too massive, and were likely to begin falling under the eye of regulators.

However, something strange appears to have happened, and although we cannot provide documented proof of it, we believe that online casino operators and online gambling companies have begun purposefully limiting the size of progressive jackpot pools. Why do we think this? Well the proof is in the lack of massive progressive jackpot wins in the last few months.

Take a look at the news history on this site, go back to the end of 2011 and the beginning of 2012, and check the frequency of news article reporting progressive jackpot pay outs of more than $1,000,000. Now check back across the last 6 months and compare the results. Do you see what we mean? There have been very few large progressive jackpot wins in the last few months; certainly, there have been some good pay outs, but very few breaking that magic $1,000,000 mark, and definitely none that even come close to topping that massive world record setting pay out by Mega Fortune at Betson Online Casino at the end of last year.

Therefore, for this reason, we are beginning to suspect that online gambling companies have begun restricting progressive jackpot pools, and have somehow changed the algorithm behind deciding when the progressive jackpot in question will drop. This could be something as simple as changing the odds on a video slot spinning in a jackpot win, or some other way of changing online slots to stop the progressive jackpot pool from becoming too large.

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