It's no secret that Aussies love online pokies because they are so easy and entertaining to play, they accept a wide range of coin and bet sizes to suit any budget, and because with just one spin of their reels they can yield spectacular pay outs (as can a well-played table game hand) particularly in the case of top Australian online progressive jackpot games.
If you're new to progressives, these look and play just like regular classic or video pokies and other games except they aren't limited to the maximum payout listed on their pay table. Instead, they're connected to a network of like games in other casinos that contribute to an ever-rising jackpot that can (and regularly do) reach into the millions before they pay out.
Below you'll find a directory of Australian-friendly online casino software vendors that produce progressive jackpot games, with a brief description of those we recommend and consider to be especially worthwhile:
Progressive Slots: Major Moolah, One Million Reels BC, Strike Gold, Money Magic
Major Moolah - This 3 reel, 1 line (classic) slot offering from Rival has grabbed the imagination of online pokies fans from across Australia and beyond. With its old school 7s and Bar symbols, and land casino background noises and sounds, it's worth playing just for the trip down memory lane - if not its progressive jackpot which will pay if you land 3 MM (Major Moolah) symbols.
Money Magic - In direct contrast, this 5 reel, 10 line magician-themed slots extravaganza with its almost hypnotic background music is crammed with high-paying features. These include Scatters (the floating assistant) and Jackpot symbols (wand flowers), 5 of which on the game's maximum bet will net you the game's hefty progressive jackpot.
Hunt For Gold - If treasure ye seek, treasure ye'll find on this 5 reel, 5 line pirate-themed video slot with its swashbuckling music and soothing sea sounds. Along with its beckoning Treasure Chest (Scatter), Bell and 7s are lots of Cherries, Lemons and Grape symbols. This game has not one but three jackpots - Tasty, Luxury and Dream Chance, the latter the largest and the progressive trigger.
Gunslinger - You don't have to be the fastest gun in the west to conquer this colourful 5 reel, 25 line Wild West-themed video slot. With lots of symbols reminiscent of that era in the United States like playing cards, sacks of gold, the lethal six shooter and the Sheriff's badge plus the obligatory gamble feature, this game is a humdinger. Land 5 Sheriff's badges and you'll trigger the progressive jackpot.
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Aztec's Millions - Arguably one of the oldest and most renowned online casino progressive jackpot games in operation, this 5 reel, 25 line ancient Aztec-themed slot game has paid out tens of millions of dollars to players all over the world since its launch. It has features galore including the Idol (Scatter), the Aztec King (Wild) and most importantly, the Aztec's Millions badge, 5 of which will net you the jackpot with a fixed $5 bet.
Caribbean Draw Poker - You'll know this popular poker game variant by its pirate skull logo and the fact that you can win the card game's worthwhile progressive jackpot if you land a Royal Flush (as long as you choose to play the add-on progressive jackpot bet first). Like all poker games, your aim is to make a better (higher-ranked) hand than that of the dealer to get paid out. But ultimately, your goal is to land the best hand and the jackpot.
The Glam Life - Money is the name of the game in this 5 reel, 25 line video game (that look like an homage to a famous hotel, chain heiress). With a dynamic soundtrack and a slew of big money symbols like yachts (Jackpot), mansions (Bonus), jets (Free Spins), perfume (Match Bonus) and necklace cases (Pick Me Bonus) the opportunities to win are endless. That said, land 5 yachts and you'll trigger the game's progressive jackpot.
Treasure Room - Adventure, danger and treasure are at the core of this Indiana Jones-inspired 5 reel, 20 line video slot with its bright and bold graphics. Valuable symbols abound including the treasure chest (Jackpot), gems, shield (Scatter), gold coins and the sword & shield (Bonus) and many more. Land 5 Jackpot icons and you'll be swimming in pools of progressive winnings.
Jackpot Rango - Inspired by the 2011 Hollywood animated chameleon voiced by Johnny Depp, this 5 reel, 25 line video slot has translated perfectly from the silver screen to the computer and smart device screen. With symbols depicting the most memorable characters from the film, the game's graphics and animations are sharp, bright and seamless. The snake is the Wild symbol, while two or more Rango's trigger Free Spins. For the real big money, however, land 5 Jackpot Progressives.
Absolute Super Reels - Although it's dressed up like a 5 reel video slot, this is actually a 3 reel, 5 line classic slot with 2 extra reels that can award plenty of extra wins and multipliers respectively. Amongst its various 7s and Bar symbols, you'll see its Absolute Super Reels symbols. Land 3 of these on an active line with 1000 extra credits on a x10 multiplier, and the progressive jackpot is all yours!