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Most online casinos insult you with popups and spam, and they give you the hard sell even if you just want to try their free-play games.  Fortunately there's Bovada, which is the opposite.  That's the primary reason they're the only online casino I accept advertising from.

  • No registration required.  Most casinos let you play for free with fake money, but there's a catch: They make you register an account first.   That's not just a hassle: after you register you can expect them to badger you by email trying to get you to deposit real money.  But Bovada lets you play right away without forcing you to register an account.  Just close any registration boxes that appear, and then you can play without registering.  Here, try it.
  • Plays right in your browser.  If you'd rather not download the casino software to your hard disk, you don't have to.  The games play right in your web browser.  Nice.
  • Works on Macs.  The play-in-browser games are MacOS compatible!  Before Bovada, Mac users were pretty much out of luck for gambling online, even for free-play.  Not any more.

Bovada's not perfect, but there's no better site serving most of the U.S.

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Biggest Las Vegas Jackpots

Last update: Nov. 7, 2022

Largest slot machine jackpot in history

The largest Vegas jackpot (or indeed, in the whole world) was the hit on the Megabucks slot machine for $39,713,982.25 at Excalibur on March 21, 2003.

Megabucks offers the largest jackpots of any slot in the world, with a minimum payout of $10 million.  There are two reasons why Megabucks offers such huge jackpots.  First, Megabucks is a progressive slot, meaning that the jackpot grows as people play it.  A portion of the $3 from every spin feeds the jackpot meter.  Second, Megabucks is networked across the whole state of Nevada, so play on any Megabucks in NV drives the jackpot higher.  It's kind of a slot version of a state lottery.

Since playing one spin on Megabucks ($3) is kind of like buying a lottery ticket, with a low cost offering the chance of winning a life-changing amount, it's on my list of Top 10 Things to Do in Vegas.

LVOL has a list of Megabucks hits since 1995, although according to Las Vegas Advisor, the slot has been around since 1986.

Large progressive jackpots are available online

If you can't make it to Vegas, Bovada has dozens of progressive jackpot slots, with the biggest jackpot being $329k (Gold Rush Gus) as I write this. (advertisement)  If you play for real money, be sure to follow the rules for gambling smart.

Largest sports win

In Nov. 2022 Houston businessman Jim McIngvale won nearly $75 million from $10 million in bets on the Houston Astros.  He made his bets at a variety of sportsbooks; the largest payout was $30M from Caesars for $3M in bets there. (SportsHandle) 

Largest slot machine jackpots

Below are all the large (≥$250k) Vegas jackpot wins that I could find between 2018 and Jan. 20, 2022.  I won't be adding any new jackpots, since this page was never very popular and tracking down all the jackpots took a lot of time.

However, if you know of any I missed from the period I covered (2018-21), please let me know (and be sure to include a link to the article about it; I can't report a jackpot without evidence).

Largest Vegas Slot Jackpots
Date Amount Game Location Source
El Cortez KTNV
Wheel of Fortune: 3x 4x 5x
Venetian 8 News Now
Wheel of Fortune
Golden Nugget Casino Center
Wheel of Fortune
Four Queens KTNV
Wheel of Fortune
Main Street Station 8 News Now
Wheel of Fortune
Circa 8 News Now,
Buffalo Grand
Treasure Island Vital Vegas,
8 News Now
Buffalo Grand
Orleans KTNV
Buffalo Grand
Cannery KTNV
Triple Double Bonus Poker (10-play)
Cosmpolitan Vital Vegas
Wheel of Fortune: Triple Red Hot 777
Fremont 8 News Now
Wheel of Fortune: 3x4x5x
Venetian KTNV
Wheel of Fortune: Wild Red Sevens
Venetian KTNV
Buffalo Grand
The D LV Sun
Buffalo Inferno
Fremont News 3 LV
Wheel of Fortune
South Point News 3 LV
Buffalo Grand
Sahara KTNV
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
News 3 LV
Wheel of Fortune
Wheel of Fortune
Willy Wonka Everlasting Gobstopper
8 News Now
Wheel of Fortune Wild Red Sevens
Palace Station
News 3 LV
The D
Wheel of Fortune
South Point
Monopoly Millionaire
News 3 LV
Wheel of Fortune
Red Rock
News 3 LV
3-2-21 $905,755 Buffalo Grand Ellis Island KTNV
2-25-21 $302,000 Wheel of Fortune Harry Reid Airport USA Today
12-24-20 $15,491,103 Megabucks Suncoast News 4
11-29-20 $278,318 Double Double Bonus
Progressive Reversible Royals
(video poker)
Red Rock Station
9-24-20 $437,541 Wheel of Fortune Cosmopolitan KTNV
9-16-20 $789,062
Buffalo Inferno
8-22-20 $3,934,609 Dancing Drums Explosion Bellagio Yogonet
7-31-20 $480,850 Texas Hold-em Bonus Poker Flamingo KTNV
7-25-20 $320,000 Pinball Cosmopolitan CDC
7-23-20 $269,385 Wheel of Fortune The D Twitter
7-19-20 $873,511 Wheel of Fortune Harry Reid Airport News 3 LV
12-11-19 $1,150,709 Wheel of Fortune Caesars Palace KTNV
11-19-19 $317,880 Wheel of Fortune Harry Reid Airport KTNV
11-18-19 $2,218,046 Wheel of Fortune Mirage KTNV
10-28-19 $492,743 Wheel of Fortune Triple Hot 7 Park MGM KTNV
10-7-19 $931,640 Madonna Main Street Station KTNV
9-21-19 $935,176 Wheel of Fortune Aliante KTNV
5-9-19 $954,263 Wheel of Fortune South Point KTNV
12-25-18 $1,023,743 Wheel of Fortune Cosmopolitan KTNV
3-29-18 $1,322,751 Wheel of Fortune Cosmopolitan
1-24-18 $1,500,000 Wheel of Fortune Palace Station KTNV
1-24-18 $286,110 Wheel of Fortune South Point KTNV has an older list of Vegas jackpots, but it hasn't been updated since July 2018 (as of March 2021), and doesn't include the 3/29/18 jackpot in my table above.  LVOL has a list of Wheel of Fortune jackpots going back to 1997.

Largest jackpots on table games

See also my article, How to Win a Million Dollars at a Table Game.

Largest Vegas Table Game Jackpots
Date Amount Game Location Source
1-11-22 $968,167 Pai Gow Poker Flamingo 8 News Now
12-22-21 $507,459 Pai Gow Poker Palace Station WNCT
12-16-21 $946,945 Three Card Poker Flamingo MSN
11-14-21 $544,904 Ultimate Texas Hold'em Planet Hollywood 8 News Now
11-10-21 $1,393,273 Pai Gow Poker Harrah's 8 News Now
10-22-21 $834,091 Mississippi Stud Paris KTNV
9-21-21 $1,042,938 Ultimate Texas Hold'em Venetian News 3 LV
9-19-21 $420,409 Ultimate Texas Hold'em Harrah's KTNV
8-31-21 $920,728 Face Up Pai Gow Planet Hollywood News 3 LV
8-28-21 $1,093,702 Crazy 4 Poker Golden Nugget News 3 LV
8-2-21 $293,155 Ultimate Texas Hold'em Harrah's 8 News Now
7-22-21 $293,155 Three Card Poker Flamingo LV RJ
6-14-21 $412,911 Crazy 4 Poker Harrah's News 3 LV
6-8-21 $1,191,326 Ultimate Texas Hold'em Venetian KTNV
6-1-21 $1,300,000 Three Card Poker Harrah's KTNV
11-13-20 $927,929 Pai Gow Poker Planet Hollywood Best of LV
10-30-20 $251,404 Blazing 7s
(blackjack side bet)
Bally's Blackjack Online
10-26-20 $738,104 Mississippi Stud Flamingo KTNV
10-4-20 $531,639 Pai Gow Poker Aliante News 3 LV
9-6-20 $552,282 Pai Gow Poker Paris News 3 LV
7-31-20 $1,982,517 Pai Gow Poker Caesars Palace KTNV
6-4-20 $670,637 Let it Ride Caesars Palace News 3 LV
7-31-19 $1,013,539 Three Card Poker Venetian KTNV
7-8-19 $1,469,237 Three Card Poker Caesars Palace KTNV
6-21-19 $1,010,155 Three Card Poker Venetian KTNV

Other Jackpots
Date Amount Game Location Source
8-27-21 $1,000,000 Nevada COVID vaccine promo Planet Hollywood News 4

Play slots online

I suggest you play something other than slots because the slot odds are so bad.  You could also play online with fake money, because then it doesn't matter if you lose.  A good casino for free-play is Bovada, since it requires no download and no registration.  (If you see a registration box, you can close it and continue without registering.)  You can play with real money too, though I hope you won't (or at least won't bet more than you can comfortably afford to lose). (advertisement)

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Gambling problem?

  1. Call the 800-522-4700 hotline or get online help
  2. See these horror stories.
  3. Know that Parkinson's drugs encourage gambling.

All my slot machine articles

  • Slot machine basics.  How much it costs to play, how much you can win, expected loss, why they're a bad bet, why they're popular, how you can limit your losses, speed of play
  • How to play slot machines
  • Slot returns.  How much they pay back.
  • The Randomness Principle.  Slots don't continually get looser and tighter as they're played.  They don't have to.
  • How they work. Explains the randomness principle, and runs through the math to show how a game returns a particular payback percentage.  There's a companion page on Par sheets.
  • Slot Machine Myths
  • Slot Machine B.S.  Wrong info that's published elsewhere.
  • Strategies. Tips for increasing your chances of winning, and saving money.
  • Slot Jackpots.  Odds of hitting the jackpot, progressive jackpots, and other jackpot topics.
  • Biggest Jackpots.  The largest slot and table game jackpot wins in Vegas.
  • Skill-Based Slots.  The scoop on the new games in which your results aren't entirely determined by chance.
  • Slot Machine malfunctions. How and why slot machines screw up, causing players to think they've won the jackpot when they really haven't.
  • Slot Machine Simulator.  I programmed an exact replica of the Blazing 7s slot (odds-wise).  Click it to play thousands of spins in one second and see how you do.
  • Slot name Generator.  Randomly creates a slot machine name using common slot words.  Hilarious!

Practice gambling with play money

Before you throw down your hard-earned cash in a casino, PRACTICE FIRST!  Learn the games with play money where it doesn't cost you anything if you lose.  Seriously.

You can play Bovada's games (below) right away without registering for an account.  Most every other online casino makes you give up your email address just to play the fake-money games — ugh.  That's the main reason Bovada is the only online casino that gets advertising space on my site.  (When you see the registration box, you can cancel it and proceed to the game without registering.)

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