Online slots tournaments are becoming an increasingly popular way of gambling online regularly without putting too much money on the line. Casinos powered by Microgaming, widely regarded as the pre-eminent software provider for online casinos today, have a unique slots tournament format that we will examine in this guide. We'll show you how to play, where to play, and more importantly, how to give yourself the best chance of winning.
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There's no better way to learn than demonstration so I'll be playing in a real tournament at Crazy Vegas casino. Currently, they have a "Reel Cruise" tournament promotion where first place wins a trip for two on a cruise boat, and several of the minor placings win cash prizes. All up, there is around $8000 in cash and prizes up for grabs. Normally, entry to this tournament costs $50, but twice a week for a month leading up to the tournament, Crazy Vegas is holding "freeroll" qualifier tournaments where the top 5 places all receive free entry to the cruise tournament final.
So first up, after starting the Crazy Vegas casino software, you'll usually need to click the "change view" button at the bottom right. This will let you see the "tree view" of games offered on the left of the software. Click tournaments and you'll see an option for Slots. Under Slots, there are Sit-and-Go, Scheduled, and Private tournaments. A quick explanation of these:
Once you click on one of these options, you can click a slots tournament in the list that is displayed in the middle of the screen to see more information about it on the right. You can also click on the various tabs to see the prizes on offer, the rules, and player standings etc. The Reel Cruise qualifier I am playing in is found in the Private tournaments section of the Crazy Vegas software.
Once the tournament reaches its start time you can enter at any time through this screen and start playing. The first thing to be aware of is that there is a limit on the amount of time you can play. Once you make your first spin, the clock never stops, even if you hit a bonus round or free spins. So if you are following along with me, don't start just yet.
Due to the time constraints it is rare that you will run out of credits, and you need to win big to advance up the leaderboard, so you should pretty much always set the slot so that you are betting the maximum amount of credits and lines. This will maximise the amount you win on each winning spin, not to mention the bonus rounds.
These tournaments are not decided based on your balance of coins, but rather the weirdly named "win box". The win box simply adds up your wins from each spin or bonus round into an accumulated total. This is the number that is used to rank the players on the leaderboard. However, you need to use your coin balance to keep spinning. Here is an example:
Most Microgaming slots tournaments allow you to continue play once your time or coin balance runs out. This almost always costs real money, and in the case of the Reel Cruise Qualifier that I am playing, it costs $3 per continue play. You can see the exact amount of extra time and coins you get for each continue play by looking at the "Rules" tab for the tournament in the software. If you run out of time or coins you will be asked by the software whether you would like to continue play. Obviously, your answer depends on where you are placed in the tournament and whether you have the funds.
Once you are ready to go, make sure your clicking finger is primed for action. Many of these slot tournaments have a 5 minute time limit, so you need to maximise the number of spins you get within the time limit to build your win box. The auto-play and instant spin options are disabled within tournaments so you get no help from the software. You simply have to click to spin the slot, then click again as soon as the reels stop. In our tips for winning below, we'll share a few secrets on how to get the most spins in during the allotted time period.
Ignoring the sheer luck of the spin which you have no control over, the biggest keys to success here are maximising the number of spins you perform within the time limit, and managing your time effectively. Following these tips can help:
So how did I fare at Crazy Vegas? Well as you can see in the screenshots, I hit some good free spin wins along with a couple of bonus rounds, and ended up playing through to 2nd position, using 3 continue plays costing $3 each along the way. By the time the tournament ended I finished 3rd, and with the top 5 earning a free entry to the $50 final and a shot at some great cash and prizes, it was $9 well spent.
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