Generally speaking, a progressive that’s not moving, and usually on a nicely round number, is one of two things:
- Maxed out
- Frozen at its starting point by a casino
The latter is seen often in markets like Atlantic City or Las Vegas, especially at the corporate-owned casinos, as a way to reduce overall payback a bit.
As far as the former, a maxed out progressive tends to become more known as you play certain slots. For instance, a low-limit Lightning Link machine has a traditional Major starting point of $500 and a maxed out point of $1,000. Once it hits $1,000, it will continue to accrue in the background, but for the next Major, once the first one has been won.
Regular players of the game have seen these maxed out, but many players of the game may not know what that means. But seeing that round $1,000 number, and the progressive not increasing like the ones on machines next to it, is an easier way to spot that a progressive is not going anywhere from here.
The game therefore doesn’t necessarily spell it out in clear language on the display, but it is a pretty obvious scenario when it occurs.
On Dragon Link, the Grand Jackpot can be seen stuck at $18,888.88 – another perfect number in some ways but a clear sign the progressive isn’t going to continue moving forward after that.
So in the absence of explicit information, that’s the easiest way to tell the progressive is either frozen or maxed out. If you see two progressives, one that’s smaller and growing, and another that’s larger (and a round number) and not moving, you’ve likely found a maxed out progressive.
On games like Quick Hit, by comparison, which have progressives that don’t tend to have an upper limit, seeing multiple (or all five) progressives stuck at their starting amount is a clear sign the casino has frozen the progressives, since when they’re won they don’t change and stay at that same flat number.
So hopefully that helps you as a player spot these scenarios and be able to identify whether the progressive is frozen by the casinos or maxed out. And don’t forget that always helpful bit of progressives advice – when you have a choice of machines, always choose the ones with the biggest numbers (all else being equal), as if you do hit that progressive you’ll win more for doing so.
Watch Brian Christopher Play for Maxed Out Majors
Here’s a video compiling some of Brian Christopher’s best moments playing for maxed out majors:
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