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Why You Should Play Progressive Slot Machines

Progressive Slots

A progressive slot machine is the most likely way to change your
financial life by gambling.Progressive slots offer the same kind of big life-changing jackpots as the lottery. That’s not to say that you’re likely to win a progressive slot machine jackpot either. Your chances of winning the lottery are only slightly better than your chances of winning a progressive slot jackpot, but that doesn’t necessarily make it the better bet.

Progressive Slot Machines

It’s important to note that these are just samples. Some lottery games offer better odds, like 1 in 125,000 on a game in Georgia with a $20 ticket. (That’s the exception though, not the rule.) Nothing wrong with the lottery, but…

Progressive slots are better than the lottery because you have a chance of breaking even or winning a smaller jackpot while you’re on the road to hitting the big progressive jackpot. Slot machines are designed to give back small amounts more often in order to encourage people to play.

Odds of winning a progressive slots jackpot 1 in 49,000,000
Odds of winning the lottery 1 in 47,000.000
Expected return on a progressive slots bet 90%
Expected return on a lottery bet 52%

Progressive SlotsMost other gambling games don’t offer a chance at a huge prize. Bet $3 on roulette, and the most money you can expect to win is $105. Bet the same $3 on blackjack, and you might win $18 if you split and hit a blackjack on each card. Bet $3 on a roll of the dice at the craps table, and you might win $30.

But bet $3 on a Wheel of Fortune progressive slot machine and you have a chance (a small chance, but a chance) at a progressive jackpot worth over a million dollars! That’s the kind of money you could win playing a progressive game right now. That kind of money can literally change your life.

Traditional Land Based Progressive Jackpots

Traditional landbased progressive jackpots are best exemplified by Megabucksprogressive slot. The jackpot for that game usually ranges from between $6 million and $12 million.

Strategies for Winning a Progressive Jackpot

No strategy is going to guarantee your chances of winning a progressive jackpot. In fact, only one strategy will increase your odds. If you don’t play, you have a 0 chance of winning. You can increase your chance of winning just by playing. It’s still a negative expectation game, but your odds of winning become infinitely larger just by actually giving the reels a spin.

So your strategy for winning a progressive jackpot boils down to deciding how much you’re willing to spend on this type of entertainment. You could:

  1. Take one spin per day on a machine that costs $3 to play. That’s $1095 a year. If you make a lot of money, that’s probably a small enough percentage of your income to make it worth taking a shot. But if not, you might try another strategy.
  2. Take one spin per week on a $3 progressive slot machine. That’s only $156 a year. This might be a lot better strategy.
  3. Take ten spins per day on a $3 slot machine. That’s $10,950 a year, but if you’re a high roller, you can afford to give it a go.

Keep in mind too that you’re not guaranteed a loss on these spins. In fact, even if you’re playing the lottery, you can expect to get back approximately 52% of your money in payouts. So spending $1095 a year on lottery tickets will only cost you (on average) $1095 X 48%, or $525. But if you play a progressive slot machine online, with a payout percentage of 90%, you can expect to only lose $109.50 in that scenario.

Even if you go with the high roller strategy above, of spending $30 a day on your jackpot attempts, you can expect to get 90% of your money back. So you could budget for losing $1095 even though you’re putting $10,950 in action a year.


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The 15 Best Video Game Blogs [A Top Sites List]

The Best Video Game Blogs on the Internet

Today I’m listing the 15 best video game blogs on the Internet. This is no small task, as lots of people like to blog about video games. But my guess is that at least 90% of these blogs are useless.

I used some of the following criteria when creating this list:

  • How often and how recently has the blog been updated?
  • How compelling is the writing on the blog?
  • How useful is the information in the posts?
  • Is the content unique?
  • How attractive is the blog?

Here are the 15 best video game blogs on the Internet:

  1. Just Another Video Game Blog – The writer has been playing video games since the age of 9. The blog includes well-expressed opinions on a wide variety of gaming-related subjects. The design is retro cool, too. Here’s an example of one of the posts I enjoyed there: Nintendo Still Does Retro Well.
  2. And Then She Games – Is anything more attractive than a cute, smart woman who loves to play video games? I have trouble of thinking of anything. Here’s an example of one of her latest posts: Kicking Gnomes 1947.
  3. Game Bias – Jed Pressgrove offers some distinct opinions here. I especially enjoyed his recent post titled Vogel’s Lack of Appreciation for Video Games and History.
  4. Cannot Be Tamed – I love this blog’s header. You can listen to their latest podcast episode here: We Want to Stand Up. Definitely worth your time.
  5. Retro-Def – With the word “retro” in the name of the site and the phrase “purposefully behind the times” in the tag line, you know you’re in for a treat. An example of what you can expect from Ryan: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.
  6. Grubdog – Lots of well-written reviews. Example: Fire Emblem Fates – Shiro’s Struggle.
  7. Caught Me Gaming – Sarca writes about video games and other entertainment related subjects here. I enjoyed her review of the movie Wild.
  8. Giant Bomb – Another well-written blog with a beautiful design. I enjoyed the recent guest post about choosing the right fighting game.
  9. Ancient Electronics – Clever name for a blog about retro gaming. Incredibly detailed coverage, too–check out this post about Reelmagic Mpeg1 Decoder Cards.
  10. Pop Culture Beast – They actually blog about multiple pop culture related subjects, but I linked to their page about video games. Some of their posts are news-related, like this one: Torment: Tides of Numenera Coming to Consoles.
  11. Sega Does – I love the tagline, which describes what you’ll find here better than anything I could come up with: “A journey through Sega history, one game at a time”.Tel-Tel Mahjong is one of their recent posts.
  12. Nerdly Pleasures – I love the retro header and the overall attitude of this one. The title of their most recent post made me laugh, too: Two Late Classic Apple II to PC Ports, Unalike in Dignity.
  13. The CRPG Addict – This blog is an example of dedication and persistence. As I write this, their post about Pools of Darkness represents the 280th game reviewed there.
  14. Ancient DOS Games – Another podcast (sorta, it’s actually a “webshow”). Most of the content there is being transferred to YouTube. You can watch their latest video,Lemmings, here.
  15. Lost Video Games – Possibly the best designed blog on this list, with lots of interesting posts. Many of their recent posts are about Steam Greenlight.

And those are my picks for the top video game blogs on the Internet. I might expand this list in the future if I find more bloggers who capture my imagination.

A final note: These aren’t listed in order of quality or anything like that. They’re in more-or-less random order. Some people care about stuff like that.