In case you didn’t know, the citizens of the Land Down Under had a love affair with the world’s most popular casino pastime — slot machines! They love the excitement of spinning the reels and the thrill of eventually hitting the jackpot. In fact, it is slowly becoming a part of their culture.
This is happening so much that the Australian government is starting to rely on the gambling tax. And Australian real-money casinos are already making a lot of money from Aussie gamblers. For example, in 2011-2012, the Aussies have lost over AUD20 billion. That means that there is nobody on earth who gambles so much per capita as the Australians!
So with all that in mind, the fact that several incredible jackpots have already been claimed in the Southern hemisphere doesn’t come as a surprise at all!
Slots usually don’t pay as well when you play them in land-based casinos. So you do need to bear in mind that the biggest wins will usually happen online. But in this case, the player in question has managed to make quite a lot of money in a Coffs Harbour casino. Of course, this was done by winning a progressive jackpot on the Megabucks slot machine. The slot features a state-wide progressive jackpot pool. The jackpot for the game in question starts off at a quarter of a million dollars. But for this particular winner, it had the time to accumulate all the way to just slightly under AUD 350.000. Not too bad for one day of playing, right?
As previously mentioned, the biggest wins usually happen online. So let’s take a look at the best of the best.
It might come as a surprise to some, but one of the biggest casino wins have come from playing on a mobile device. The lucky player managed to win well over AUD 940,000 in a single day back in May 2013. The game of choice for this lucky New Zealander was Mega Moolah slot operated by Microgaming.
That particular game is famous for handing out incredible jackpots to players from all around the world. In fact, one player from Germany won over 7 times more than the already quite incredible figure we just mentioned!
In 2016, a player from Australia who chose to remain anonymous (for obvious reasons!) managed to scoop up over AUD 10 million, thanks to the Caped Crusader-Themed video poker by Microgaming.
And this player is far from the only person that made it big thanks to The Dark Knight. Namely, in 2013, another player was lucky enough to become an instant millionaire by winning AUD 3.36 million.
Unfortunately, if you’re already feeling eager to replicate their success with the same game, you are out of luck. Shortly after the latest success, the licensing issues of the Batman franchise have led to The Dark Knight slot game to be removed from the Microgaming game roster.
Unfortunately, due to the fact that many winners choose to be anonymous, while the media sometimes avoids reporting on particularly exciting winnings, it’s not always possible to confirm an alleged jackpot. But there are still some reports about a certain player who got an incredible win on this (admittedly slightly dated) slot game.
Now to be fair, Arabian Nights is indeed a little lacking in the graphics department; as it was designed way back in 2005! But in general, the incredible jackpots this game offers more than make up for it.
A lucky Australian player allegedly hit the jackpot just a few years ago; this netted him almost 7 million dollars!
In the world of online pokies, there is always a debate going on about whether it’s better to play with progressive jackpot slots or not. And to be fair, both sides of the argument do make some valid points.
For example, the progressive jackpot can negatively influence the RTP levels. Namely, a 95% RTP means that you will get 95 cents on the dollar in the long run. But the existence of a progressive jackpot slightly shifts that math. After all, if one player wins 10 million dollars, then the other players need to lose enough money to fund that win, and keep the RTP at a steady average level. Because in the end, no matter how generous a developer is, the games are always designed to make money for the operators!
But then again, progressive jackpots do have the potential to truly change your life for the better. A single big hit can turn you from an average casino guest into a full-fledged millionaire. And while it might take a lot of time, the investment required to play the pokies is such that you probably won’t go bankrupt while chasing the jackpot.
As you can see, while it won’t necessarily happen for everyone, games with good progressive jackpots have the power to change your life for the better. For these people, slot games are an easy way out of their financial troubles. And if a single night can be enough to turn you into a millionaire, there isn’t much to be said against trying your hand at Australia’s favorite pastime.
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