Virtually every discussion about online pokie jackpots starts with the Microgaming Jackpot Pool and with very good reason. It is without question the most popular jackpot in Australian online gaming and incorporates games and players not only on pokies, but also table games and video poker. While it is not the largest jackpot around in terms of monetary value, the appeal lies in the fact that there is a game for everyone tied into the jackpot itself.
Of the 26 online casino games linked to the Microgaming Jackpot Pool, nineteen are pokies. The main name that many pokie players will have heard of is the Mega Moolah Network which serves as an integral part of the pool and is one of the main contributors to the prize fund. It has been rewarding lucky players since 2006 and continues to do so to this day. Prior to the launch of this network, the major contributor was Major Millions. It gained positive notoriety in 2002 when it became the first online gaming network to pay out more than one million credits on a single spin.
Mega Moolah was originally launched not as a network, but simply as a single, safari themed online pokie. The principle remained the same in that all players of the pokie contributed a certain amount of their bet into the overall progressive prize pool. The slot also boasted the first ever multi-tiered online progressive jackpot, giving players numerous opportunities to win varying prize amounts up to the “Mega” level, which never dropped below one million credits and made several millionaires.
As the popularity of the concept grew, more games were added in to the same jackpots, including Mega Moolah Isis and 5 Reel Drive.
The nineteen online pokies involved in the pool span a range of themes and game sizes, so whether the player prefers three reels or five, or simply enjoys a certain theme, there is nothing stopping them getting involved and playing for the massive progressive jackpot on offer.
Some of the mainstays of the online pokie world that contribute to the jackpot include Wow Pot and Fruit Fiesta. Every player that bets a sufficient amount of credits per spin becomes eligible to win the progressive jackpot. The larger five reel slots have certain other conditions attached to them, such as bringing in certain symbols on a specific win line.
As long as the specific conditions of the respective games are met, the player can win the entire jackpot. As soon as it is won, it resets to a certain base amount and resumes building as more and more players contribute to the pot.
The most famous game associated with the Mega Moolah Network nowadays is undoubtedly the Lord of the Rings slot. While it does not promote the Mega Moolah brand itself so as to protect the license, players contribute to and are equally eligible to win all of the prizes available in every other game on the network.
In addition to pokies, players can also try their hand at a range of other games on the network, including Caribbean Draw Poker, Triple Sevens and Jackpot Deuces, all of which are available in Australian online casinos like the famous All Slots Casino, the well known Platinum Play Casino or the no-download operator ComeOn, which are all powered by Microgaming’s software.