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SlotCharts Newsletter: Issue 2 (January 1, 2003)

In this issue:
1. A progress report
2. Different software, different progressive behaviour
3. I catch a nice Royal
4. Current highlights


1. A progress report

It's taken a long time to get to issue #2 of the newsletter, but that's mainly because I've been busy adding new features at SlotCharts. We're tracking a total of 108 games now, and offer links to 44 different casinos. That's a lot of games, and as a result there are always a few that are unusually high. A quick look just now revealed that there are a dozen games at the moment that are above their average hit value.

Our most recent addition is Be The Dealer casino, where they offer a progressive slot jackpot and video poker jackpot. If you're not familiar with Be The Dealer, it's a neat concept where you earn points by playing, and can then use those points to "Be the Dealer", and let other players compete against you. You pay a commission of your profits to the house in return for letting the house edge work for you for a change. And, if a player hits the jackpot while you're the dealer, the casino pays, not you!


2. Different software, different progressive behaviour

Once we have a tool like SlotCharts to visualize the jackpots, all sorts of interesting information becomes apparent. One of the aspects that I've found interesting is the way different software providers have implemented their jackpot systems. Compare these four graphs, each of 10 recent days of jackpot values:


Playtech's Safecracker is obviously funded directly by play at the game, which creates a random, jagged edge to the chart. Global Player's Quick-Pick 3Pay is the same, but it doesn't get much play, so it tends to stay at the same value for long periods of time, then jumps up a bit. This causes the jackpot value to be "stuck" until someone plays the game. That's likely the reason that some software providers choose to increase their progressive jackpots with no actual connection to the game play. For example, BeTheDealer's Video Poker chart is a straight line, with no random element whatsoever. Last of all, OddsOn jackpots like Mega Money Mine have an unusual sawtooth appearance. OddsOn appears to have taken a unique approach. Their jackpots increase all day irrespective of play. Then, each night at 3AM Central Time, they reduce each jackpot to reflect the actual contribution from game play. Thus you get this slowly increasing sawtooth chart.


3. I catch a nice Royal

I haven't hit a progressive online yet, but I did have a nice win in November at Aztec Riches. I was playing $1 Poker Poker, and hit a Royal Flush on one of the lines for a $4000 win. That was my second royal online. The other was a $1000 win back in February at Miami Beach Casino, before their switch to PlayTech. So, if you haven't hit yours yet, hang in there!


4. Current game highlights

As I write this, Spice Island Poker is still the top-rated game at SlotCharts, despite three recent Straight Flushes that decreased the jackpot by about $30,000 each. The jackpot has been over $300,000 twice in recent days, each time being reduced again by a straight flush which pays 10% of the jackpot. Even at the current level of $241,000, the progressive sidebet returns about 106%. At $300,000, the return is almost 125%! Tip: The best place to play this game is at William Hill, where the ante bet has a minimum of only $1.

If you're in the UK, you should be playing the 1 pound version of Super Jackpot Video Poker, at William Hill's UK version, available here. As I write, it's up to 9500 pounds, well above the breakeven point of 8800.


Thanks for reading! Now, go hit a big one! -Ken-