When you have the release of a massive new slot game, such as Microgaming's Mega Vault Millionaire and when you see the size of the potential prizes on offer in the game, particularly the Major and Mega progressive jackpot prizes, it is second nature to wonder to yourself if there is a way you can improve your chances of winning these prizes.
After all, anybody who has ever played a slot game has never done so without wondering what it would be like to land the biggest prize on the game, whether that is just a smaller cash prize, or one that could change your life immeasurably due to the size of the jackpot on offer.
However, one thing to be aware of is that there are some unscrupulous people out there who will try to use this against you. What do we mean by that? Well, although thankfully issues like this are in steady decline compared to the early days on the Internet, there will always be people that try to sell you a 'foolproof system' for winning on a slot, or landing a jackpot prize.
Thankfully many slot players are now well switched on to this form of scam and are well aware that on a slot where randomness is a key part of the process, you cannot predict the outcome of a spin, or a group of spins, and therefore any proposed system to win is entirely false and completely worthless.
However, does that mean that you are completely at the vagaries of chance when playing the Mega Vault Millionaire game, or are there any strategies you can improve to offer you a better chance of at least triggering the Jackpot Bonus Game at some point in your session?
Oddly enough, there is a way you can do this.
The importance of your stake in Mega Vault Millionaire
In the new Mega Vault Millionaire slot, just as was the case in the original MegaMoolah.com and all other games that are linked to the MegaMoolah.com progressive jackpot prize, your stake is crucial in offering you the chance to land a shot at the jackpot prize.
In the original MegaMoolah.com, you had to bet on all 25 pay lines at least one coin of any denomination in order to make the minimum bet (0.25) to stand a chance of landing a shot at one of the four progressive jackpot prizes. In Mega Vault Millionaire, you must play all 25 lines in the game anyway as they are not selectable, but the minimum qualifying bet still remains 0.25.
Now players know that for their 0.25 spin they could trigger the jackpot bonus game. And if it was the case that your chances of triggering this bonus remained the same regardless of the size of your bet, then there would be no incentive for players to bet more per spin than this minimum amount. After all, the majority of people who play MegaMoolah.com and Mega Vault Millionaire do so to try and earn a shot at the top progressive jackpot prizes.
So what Microgaming have done for any game linked to the MegaMoolah.com progressive jackpot, is to ensure that your chances of triggering the bonus game are scaled to the size of your bet. What does that mean?
Well it means if you decide to increase your bet to 0.50 per spin on Mega Vault Millionaire, then you would have roughly twice as much chance of triggering the jackpot bonus game than you would if you played your spins for 0.25. Similarly, if you bet 1.00 per spin, then you would have roughly four times more chance of landing the jackpot bonus game, than if you played 0.25 per spin.
Essentially, the more you increase your stake per spin, up to the maximum 6.25, then the chances you have of triggering the jackpot bonus game increase. This is an extremely clever way to do things as it allows players to adopt an approach to the game that suits them best.
For example, if you have say £50 to spend playing MegaMoolah.com in a session, you could elect to play 200 spins at 0.25 per spin where you have the lowest chance of triggering the jackpot bonus game, but the most number of spins. Alternatively, you could double your chances of triggering the bonus by playing for 0.50 per spin, but you would have half the amount of spins to play through (100). You could even play 50 spins at 1.00 per spin, knowing that you have around four times as much chance on each spin as you would have playing the minimum bet, but you would also have fewer spins to try and trigger the bonus in.
Is there a best strategy?
Obviously, the thing to note here is that your chances of triggering the jackpot bonus game increases with the size of your bet, so betting as much as you can on each spin will give you the best chance of landing a shot at the bonus game.
However, it does not guarantee it, and having played the game myself, I know it is just as feasible to land a shot at the progressive jackpot spinning at 0.25, as it is at 0.50 or 1.00.
In truth, your bankroll should decide the size of your bet and the general rule of thumb I follow is to try and maximize out the number of spins in a session to around 50 or 100 and using my current bankroll as a guide, decide on the size of the bet from that. If I have more in the account, I will bet more per spin, if the account has been depleted a little, I may only bet 0.25 per spin.
It is worth noting that although stake size does impact your chances of landing a shot at the jackpots in Mega Vault Millionaire, or indeed any MegaMoolah.com-linked game, you still should adhere to all the principles of sensible slot gaming to ensure you don't over spend chasing that elusive jackpot game.
Does Mega Vault Millionaire offer me more chance of triggering the jackpot game, compared to Mega Moolah?
If you are a regular player for the MegaMoolah.com jackpot, you will know that alongside Mega Vault Millionaire, there are a number of other games all linked to the same jackpot prize pool. These are MegaMoolah.com, Mega Moolah Isis, Mega Moolah 5-Reel Drive and Mega Moolah Summertime.
All these slots are very different to each other and you can only access all these games at Casino Rewards Network casinos (Mega Vault Millionaire is exclusive to casinos part of the network).
With the slots being so different it is easy to think that your chances of landing a shot at the MegaMoolah.com jackpot game would be different on each, but Microgaming have got that covered too. Regardless of which game you play, your chances of triggering the jackpot remain the same, and what is more, a 0.25 bet on Mega Vault Millionaire has the same chance of triggering the jackpot as that same bet on any of the other slots.
A good way to get your head around this is to imagine the progressive jackpot part of the game, the random selection of the players who gets a chance to spin the jackpot wheel (or wheels in the case of Mega Vault Millionaire) as a separate entity that is linked to the basic slot games for each of the other slots.
Does Mega Vault Millionaire's New Jackpot Bonus Game offer me more or less chance of a big jackpot win?
In the older Mega Moolah slots, there was just one Jackpot Bonus wheel to spin in order to decide which of the four progressive prizes you would win. On Mega Vault Millionaire, this has changed to a sequence of three wheels.
On the first, you can either win the Mini jackpot, or earn a chance to spin the second wheel. On the second, you can win the Minor jackpot or a chance to earn a spin of the third wheel. On the third wheel, you are in for a treat as you will win either the Major or if you are lucky enough, the Mega jackpot prize.
This may seem that your chances of landing the better value progressive jackpot prizes on Mega Vault Millionaire are less, as you have to progress to the later wheels to earn better prize, but in fact, your chances of winning the jackpots remain the same. It is simply that Microgaming have decided to present those chances in a different way.
On the original MegaMoolah.com jackpot bonus game, the wheel was not representative of your chances of winning. It doesn't accurately display your chances of winning each of the four jackpot prizes, it is simply the device used to show the outcome of your 'spin'.
It's the same process in Mega Vault Millionaire, it is just they use the three-wheel approach to display the outcome of your jackpot bonus attempt. The actual odds of you landing the jackpot prize, are the same in each bonus game, it is just they are displayed differently.
Knowing these key facts and especially the information about the importance of the size of your stake when playing the game, makes it easier to develop a strategy which is affordable for you, but also offers you the best chance possible of landing a shot at the massive prizes available on Mega Vault Millionaire and the other MegaMoolah.com linked slots.