A common question when gambling in brick and mortar establishments and is whether to play the game with a jackpot or whether to play the regular games. The answer entirely depends on your level of commitment to gambling.
When it comes to slots, the jackpot is usually triggered by a feature, much like the regular feature function of the slot machine. You then enter a mini game which gives you the feeling of being a game of skill when it is actually just another game of chance. The machines in your local establishment that have jackpot links are usually the most popular machines that have the most money funneled into them and also the most players (especially since they are interlinked through venue to venue). I have found that high regular payouts happen far less on jackpot linked slot machines. So if you are there to have a casual push and maybe crack a big jackpot (it is possible, I have seen it with my own eyes) then probably have a go at the jackpot machine. Expect to lose your note though. Otherwise playing that lonely machine in the corner that is unlinked almost always rewards you with a regular feature almost immediately. I don’t know the ins and outs of slot machines, but it just seems like the more played a machine is, the less it pays out.
When it comes to games of skill, like poker, choose a jackpot table any time you can. There is no reason whatsoever to not give yourself the opportunity of having a premium winning hand reward you with an extra HUGE payout. I read a story about a woman who was playing poker on a particularly well known online gambling website and managed to lose a hand with four of a kind and the jackpot on losing with a premium hand was in the vicinity of $700,000 USD. The added benefit of it is that the fish will be chasing the jackpot too.