Fri, May 10, 11:10pm by Kevin Pitstock
Brodie M., an Australian man who’d been a member of an online casino for only 11 hours, won a $42,787.47 jackpot playing Cash Splash Pokies. Cash Splash is a game from the Microgaming online casino software corporation.
Cash Splash is a progressive jackpot machine. When a player spins the pokie and the accumulated jackpot doesn’t hit, some of the wager goes to increase the size of the pot prize. Such jackpots have no upward limit, but continue to amass until someone hits the win. It’s not common to have someone win so quickly, but Brodie’s story is an indication it could happen to anyone at any time.
Before choosing the CashSplash pokie game, Brodie tried his hand at other Microgaming slots like Tomb Raider and Mermaid Millions. After having no luck on those games, he gave a try to Cash Splash, which uses traditional reel symbols like bars, cherries, and sevens. Cash Splash also offers wild symbols and scatter symbols, which are typical features on online pokies to keep the player’s attention and give hope of easy money. When a player receives 5 wilds on the right payline, the accumulated jackpot is triggered. That’s what happened in Brodie’s case.
Brodie said he signed up on May 5th for a casino membership at a prominent Microgaming website. A new player like the jackpot winner might not even have finished betting all his deposit bonus, which often requires thousands of dollars of betting before it can be reached. A spokesman for the casino operator said, “It’s our honour…to bring this incredible experience to a new player and prove that winning is really possible.”
That might sound like an awfully cheery statement from a casino site which just signed a big check for a winner, but online casinos know that big winners amount to good publicity. One of the best way for a casino to get in the news is to hound out a big progressive jackpot. It might not be the cheapest way to get free publicity, but the operators know they do receive more new players when a jackpot winner is announced. Paying out prize money is an everyday part of the gaming business.
Players reading about the big jackpot win shouldn’t necessarily run out and try to play CashSplash while it’s still a hot machine. Online poker machines use random number generators, so each spin is separate of every other spin. A player is as likely to win on Tomb Raider or Mermaids Millions as they are on CashSplash next time.
In fact, little about Brodie’s online gambling experience is typical. Next time, the jackpot could be bigger for the next person playing–maybe even much bigger. A $42 thousand jackpot isn’t large by progressive jackpot standards. Many such machines see pots increase into the hundreds of thousands, if not millions, before someone hits them.
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