Comparing the Jackpot SNG formats

What is a Jackpot SNG?

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Jackpot SNGs are also known as Lottery SNGs or Spins. They are a fast three-handed winner-takes-all format where the prize pool is random.

While they typically only pay out two buy-ins, occasionally they will pay out more and very rarely they will pay out a life-changing amount of money. Lottery SNGs have proved the fastest way for online poker players to become millionaires, as most games are over in minutes. Most variants start with 25 big blinds and two to five minute levels (the longer levels tend to be for the bigger multipliers, so you have more decision time when it counts).

Of course the chances that you win the top multiplier in one of these games are so rare you should discount getting one altogether. The real reason to play them is because they attract gambley recreational players looking for a big score.

Below are the different Jackpot SNGs and how each one of them differs from the rest.

Spin & Go

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Spin & Go

While the first ever Jackpot SNG was Expresso from WInamax, it was Spin & Go from PokerStars that popularised the format.

The jackpots have been as high as $3 million in the past and you will regularly see satellite Spins for their high stakes tournaments.

They also offer PLO Spin & Go, the faster variant Flash Spin & Go (with one minute levels) and Spin & Go Max, which has a random number of players.

  • Buy-in Levels: $0.25, $1, $2, $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, $250, $500 (Special edition buy-ins added all the time).
  • Maximum Jackpot: $1 million
  • Speed: Vary between two and five minute levels depending on the multiplier
  • Starting Chips: 25 big blinds
  • Rake: Between 5 and 8%
  • Unique Features: PLO, Flash and Spin & Go Max
Multiplier Frequency
12,000 1 in 1,000,000
240 30 in 1,000,000
120 75 in 1,000,000
25 1,000 in 1,000,000
10 5,000 in 1,000,000
5 85,000 in 1,000,000
3 414,012 in 1,000,000
2 494,882 in 1,000,000
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Twister

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Twister

Twister is the iPoker offering which is structured very much like Spin & Go, and available at sites like bet365.

It is available in Euros and while there is less traffic, it is generally accepted it is softer than Spin & Go.

There are also games linked to the Age of Gods slots progressive jackpot for fans of slots.

  • Buy-in Levels: €0.50, €1, €2, €5, €10, €20, €50, €100
  • Maximum Jackpot: €100,000
  • Speed: Three minutes
  • Starting Chips: 25 big blinds
  • Rake: 7%
  • Unique Features: Age of Gods Twister Progressive Jackpots
Multiplier Frequency
1,000 2 in 100,000
50 50 in 100,000
8 4,000 in 100,000
5 9,544 in 100,000
3 22,002 in 100,000
2 64,412 in 100,000
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Age of Gods Twister

HexaPro

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HexaPro

HexaPro is the Lottery SNG offering from Unibet with one unique twist.

It plays like the other formats you are used to, but as you can see from the payouts it is the only one with a 1.5 multiplier and less huge multipliers.

What it does have, however, is the biggest probability of hitting a medium sized multiplier, so everyone will get a special treat now and then.

It is also arguably the best optimised for playing on a smartphone.

  • Buy-in Levels: €1, €2, €5, €10, €25, €50, €100
  • Maximum Jackpot: €100,000
  • Speed: One minute to four minute levels depending on the multiplier
  • Starting Chips: 25 big blinds
  • Rake: 6.85%
  • Unique Features: The most medium sized multipliers
Multiplier Frequency
1,000 1 in 100,000
100 5 in 100,000
25 100 in 100,000
10 4,600 in 100,000
5 14,000 in 100,000
3 25,000 in 100,000
1.5 56,294 in 100,000
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BLAST

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BLAST

BLAST is the Lottery SNG format from 888poker which has a unique feature for fast format lovers.

There are only a set number of levels (more depending on the size of the multiplier) and when you reach the end, everyone is forced all-in.

This means the games are quicker and generally looser as everyone tries to win before the clock runs out.

  • Buy-in Levels: $0.10, $1, $5, $15, $30
  • Maximum Jackpot: $1 million
  • Speed: 2 minutes
  • Starting Chips: 30 big blinds
  • Rake: 6.13 to 10%
  • Unique Features: Forced all-in at the end of the game
Multiplier Frequency
10,000 1 in 1,000,000
100 75 in 1,000,000
25 1,500 in 1,000,000
10 10,000 in 1,000,000
5 79,000 in 1,000,000
3 447,252 in 1,000,000
2 462,72 in 1,000,000
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Spin & Gold

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Spin & Gold

The newest kid on the block is Spin & Gold from GGPoker, which launched this year.

On paper it looks just like Spin & Go with one key difference, which is that the bigger the multiplier, the flatter the payout structure, rather than winner-takes-all. You can see the payouts below.

This means that the strategy will vary depending on the size of the multiplier, which will suit the better players.

They have also have an insurance feature that pays you if you get seated in a x2 multiplier game, ideal if you hate playing the x2 games.

  • Buy-in Levels: $1, $5, $20, $50
  • Maximum Jackpot: $600,000
  • Speed: One minute to five minute levels depending on the multiplier
  • Starting Chips: Varies depending on the multiplier
  • Rake: 7%
  • Unique Features: Varying payout structures, Insurance
Multiplier Frequency Payouts
x12,000 1 in 1,000,000 1st: 5,000 buy-ins
2nd: 4,000 buy-ins
3rd: 3,000 buy-ins
x240 30 in 1,000,000 1st: 160 buy-ins
2nd: 60 buy-ins
3rd: 20 buy-ins
x120 75 in 1,000,000 1st: 80 buy-ins
2nd: 60 buy-ins
3rd: 10 buy-ins
x25 1,000 in 1,000,000 1st: 20 buy-ins
2nd: 5 buy-ins
x10 5,000 in 1,000,000 1st: 8 buy-ins
2nd: 2 buy-ins
x5 85,000 in 1,000,000 1st: 5 buy-ins
x3 442,012 in 1,000,000 1st: 3 buy-ins
x2 464,882 in 1,000,000 1st: 2 buy-ins
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