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2 January 2011 - 5:46pm

Help! Slots Tournaments Question

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Hi Everyone. I am so new to all this, and I don't even know how much time/interest I will have in online casinos, but I have had a little fun playing the past week, over Christmas vacation.
I am a little confused about the slots tournaments. I always wanted to sign up for one at a brick and mortar casino, because I thought how much fun can it be to be able to push those buttons on their money, no risk to me? (Most tournaments for slots around here have NO fee to enter).
The online tournaments are a bit confusing to me. For example, why do they last for days or even 24 hours? Are there ever any that just last a few hours or go in "shifts" like the brick and mortar? How do people have time to sit and push the button for 12 hours, 24 hours, etc., in order to win? I know they can sign off and back on and they can play as there is time, but I don't think I would have the amount of time it would take to win. Any ideas or something that I am missing?

Also, within the first ten to twenty minutes of the tournament I signed up for last night, I was in eighth place with 90 some dollars (started all with 100) and the first place person had over 6,000 dollars? How does that happen so quickly...seems impossible.

I guess I am asking for any tips and tricks and/or opinions regarding online slots tournaments and if you like them/don't like them or anything you can add.

Thank you in advance for your help! Smile

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2 January 2011 - 11:17pm
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I always wanted to sign up for one at a brick and mortar casino, because I thought how much fun can it be to be able to push those buttons on their money, no risk to me? (Most tournaments for slots around here have NO fee to enter).

There are plenty of freerolls online. See our casino tournaments list and click the Entry fee column heading to sort the list so that all the free ones are at the top.

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why do they last for days or even 24 hours?

Its related to the prize money. The bigger prize money tournaments last for longer so that more people have a chance to enter and it gives the casino more time to recover the cost of the prizes. The casinos also offer rebuys to people who bust out so they can re-enter the tournament - again the longer it runs the more rebuy money they earn. Also some tournaments are pot-based like poker - the more people enter the bigger the prize pool on offer.

It can also be quite exciting and nerve racking when you are at or near the top and the clock is winding down. The thing is you don't have to worry about playing or watching it for the whole time because you just try to get your balance up quickly or bust out.

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Are there ever any that just last a few hours or go in "shifts" like the brick and mortar?

Yes there are. The group of casinos including Online Vegas, Go Casino, Crazy Slots and a few more have daily tournaments that only last a couple of hours.

Also, Microgaming casinos (which no longer accept new American players sorry) often have tournaments which run hourly and even sit'n'go tournaments which run as soon as the right number of players have registered.

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within the first ten to twenty minutes of the tournament I signed up for last night, I was in eighth place with 90 some dollars (started all with 100) and the first place person had over 6,000 dollars? How does that happen so quickly...seems impossible.

A lot of players will enter and just wager the biggest amount possible with their starting stack, even if it means they only get one spin. This is especially true with freerolls because you have nothing to lose. So it is common to see someone way out in front at the start - they were probably betting $100 a spin and hit a good win.

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3 January 2011 - 4:25am
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Wow, CL - Ed, thank you so much for answering my "newbie" questions so thoroughly! You are so full of knowledge. The sit and gos sound fun: I play those at my fave free poker room; kinda fun. Too bad no new U.S. players, but I will check out some freerolls on your list. So happy I found this forum. Just wish, now, that I had more time for fun and play, but I know what to do if I ever get some more free time on my hands. Thanks, again! Smile

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4 January 2011 - 12:38am
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No problem at all.

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