For years now poker rooms have been having online poker tournaments giving all the fans of the game an exciting platform for showing just how well of a poker player they are but for us lonely slot lovers there was no such thing. But in the past couple of years online casinos have smartened up and figured out that offering slot tournaments to fans of the one armed bandits could be profitable and a huge draw to their online gaming sites and that was the beginning of the now thriving love affair between slot players and online tournaments!
I believe Vegas Technology software powered casinos where the first to implement online slot tournaments at their highly established casinos and started the ball rolling when other casino software companies noticed the huge draw these casinos were achieving with their daily, weekly and monthly tournaments. They would run [and still do till this day] daily small buy in tournaments with a predetermined slot game that all members could join in on and the more the better because the size of the prize pool would grow with more players. They also offer weekly free rolls where players get to play in the slot tournament for free and it last all week with the top 10 or 20 winners splitting the casino funded prize pool. All of these tournaments and some special monthly huge money tournaments are still run now at all Vegas technology casinos, but they are not alone in the slot tournament extravaganza!
All online casinos now offer slot tournaments to their players including Microgaming, Real Time Gaming and Rival Casinos. RTG and Rival casinos will run special promotions for big slot tournaments but don’t really have anything on a regular basis, but Microgaming has attacked the slot tournament craze with hundreds of tournaments run every day! You can find these types and styles of tournaments run daily:
Scheduled – These slot tournaments offer game play on a predetermined multi payline slot, usually some of the most popular online slot games like Thunderstruck and Loaded which have special bonus round features and wild symbols. These tournaments have start times with time limits that range from 5 to 10 minutes with every player starting off with the same amount of coins which you receive either with your buy in cost or if it’s a free roll with your registration. At the end of the tournaments a leader board will show the top players and prize awards.
Free Rolls – Play any of these slot tournaments for free with a predetermined game and coin allowance and a time limit. You have the option at the end of your timed play to buy in for another 5 or 10 minute session if you feel that your slot is hot and can keep you at the top of the leader board. Buy INS a very small and you normally get one or two additional chances. Any winnings are then transferred to your casino account where you will have to meet wager requirements just like with a cash bonus before being able to cash out any winnings.
Sit n Go – These tournaments run all day and all week and you can log in at any time to enjoy some action. There are fewer players at a sit n go tournament and only a handful of players are able to play at one time which makes it much easier to win some type of prize at these types of tournaments. In order to play in a sit n go you need to find an open tournament because once it is full the tournament starts and no other players are allowed. Now there is no scheduled start time these games begin once enough players have registered to play.
There are other casinos with slot tournaments running, these are just a breakdown of the most popular kinds and casinos hosting them. Check out your favorite online casino and see if they offer these fun and easy ways to enjoy a night at the casino.