In the case of players who are hesitant about playing for real money, Microgaming casinos offer Big Top as a free trial version, where players have the chance to better understand the features of this game. When the player is ready to play the real money version, he/she can purchase coins whose value ranges from $0.01 to $5, with a maximum wager of $45 or 9 coins per spin. Only when the player chooses the real money version is he/she eligible to receive a payout from the game. The jackpot in Big Top is worth 5000 coins, which at maximum coin value is $25,000. The second highest jackpot in this game is 800 coins or $4000 when the player wagers the maximum bet.
There are 10 regular symbols in this game, which all represent various facets of the circus, like the Big Top symbol as well as the elephant, seal and clown symbols. All these symbols have a payout associated with them when they appear on a single activated payline two or more times. The other regular symbols are card faces represented by King, Jack, Ace, Ten and Queen. These symbols only have a payout associated with them when they appear 3 or more times on a payline. Big Top also has a wild symbol, which is the Wild Clown. This symbol takes the place of any missing regular symbol in order to complete a winning combination from the regular payout table. The other special feature in this game is the scatter symbol. This symbol, unlike the other symbols in the game, can appear scattered anywhere on the reels to complete a scatter winning combination if it appears three or more times. The jackpot symbol in the game is the Big Top symbol, and unlike most games, Big Top does not have a separate payout for five wild symbols in an activated payline.