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Slots How do slot tournaments work?

Discussion in 'Slots' started by shokhead, Nov 24, 2014.

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  1. shokhead

    shokhead I'm no big spender!

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    Get the stuff in the mail all the time but have never done one. Been thinking about trying one. I have zero clue how they work. Take be through how they go starting with when I'm checking in.

    BTW, are they fun?
    Do they serve drinks?
    How long do they last?
     
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    nickle Low-Roller

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    Happened to go to LV one time when I got an invite to a slot tourney...What the he**:wink2: .
    To the best of my memory the way it went:
    1. Register at slot club or other designated desk (you can ask where at check in)
    2. Show up at assigned time
    3. Find assigned machine (don't remember how this was done, maybe we just sat at one of our own choice)
    4. On GO signal, hit button as many times as you can
    5. After time expires (10 minutes?) supervisor records score from your machine
    6. Repeat #2-5 as many times as there are sessions (usually 2 or 3)
    7. Check at slot club to find out if you won.
    Takes about 15-20 minutes for each session from arrival to departure.

    This is strictly a way for the casino to pass out some freebees to some of its slot club members in a random fashion. Most prizes are free play.
     
  3. ardee

    ardee VIP Whale

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    Pretty much the above. We spent most of this last summer heading into Vegas for slot tournaments. Free rooms, good chances for Free Play, goodies on top of that...what more do you want?

    As for #3 above - you are assigned a different machine for each round of play. Sessions are generally 10 minutes long. No skill involved. Just mash the button as fast as you can and hope you get lucky.

    No drinks during the tournament. You don't have time to talk to a CW anyway.
     
  4. nhcris

    nhcris High-Roller

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    The above answers are totally correct in most cases. However, there are some new video tournament machines that some casinos have where in addition to pushing the button like crazy, you also have to watch for certain things to come up on the screen (like balloons, candies, whatever) and you need to touch those as well. There is also a leader board that you can glance at while you are playing to see how you are doing . I know Palazzo uses them for their daily tournament, and I also played in one in Louisiana. I'm not sure if they are using them anywhere else in Vegas. It is still ridiculously simple, but adds a fun element besides smashing the button :)
     
  5. Joe

    Joe VIP Whale

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    As others mentioned, just bang away as fast as the machine will allow. No time for a drink. I've done 5 or so, VP and straight slots, iirc, my best win was ~$200 on a free entry.

    I have never paid to enter a tournament.
     
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    If you book an offer that has a slot tournament included then its one of those things you might as well play - they usually don't take much time out of your schedule, usually don't cost you anything (some tournaments do have an entry fee) and if you win something its like free money ("like" because usually prizes are paid out in free slot play).

    To play you just need to hit the SPIN button as fast as possible and try to play through all your credits - the big thing there is: starting credits don't count towards your final score so if you start with 5000 credits and each spin is 3 credits and you hit SPIN and win 100 credits you have a score of 100, not 5097.

    Otherwise everything else will be explained to you when you show up to register, things like:
    - how many rounds are there
    - how long is each round
    - can you re-enter the tournament
    - sometimes the bigger ones have parties at the end where they announce winners
    - are there limits to using the free slot play (in some of the CET tournaments you have only 2 days to use the slot play or you lose it, so you can't save it up)
    - whats the prize structure (how many people win)
    - does it all play in one day or do you have to come back the next day or the day after

    Big thing is that there isn't just one standard slot tournament format, even within the same property, so mostly for the fine details you have to wait until you get there and find out.
     
  7. willywilkes

    willywilkes Low-Roller

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    Anywhere on the strip that has daily slot tournaments with either a cash buy-in or by earning points? I know Aria has the Daily Riches tournament Mon-Thurs, but I am getting in late Thurs and only staying through Sun....
     
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    Margaritaville casino had a slot tournament in the summer.. Friday, Saturday, Sunday. You had to put 10 or 20 points on your total rewards card at the Flamingo to play. I think top prize each day was $500 in slot credits? I played it once and came in 3rd I want to say. Got $200 in slot credits.

    Not sure they're doing it anymore. I didn't see it when I was there at Halloween but the section was still in the same setup for it. The machines were stl there to. Near the Strip just after the casino bar.
     
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    Actually Casino Royale had one for free which you could win slot credits on as well, every day but I think they ended that. Didn't see it at Halloween either.
     
  10. bardolator

    bardolator Lifelong Low Roller

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    You will know after just one tournament whether or not you ever want to do one again. For us, it was "not". It's a little more tolerable if there are two or more of you. If you get different sessions you can root for each other. We have been known to accept the offer from the casino in order to get the comp that comes with it and then just skip the tournament. What comp you're offered varies a lot depending on your play history at that casino.
     
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  11. mike841

    mike841 Low-Roller

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    Slot tourneys:

    Hit button (6 minute rounds are good, 10 minute rounds are tiring)
    Get lucky (this step is important)
    Win money

    Only time I ever won something in one was a 1k buy-in tourney, I suck at the free/invite-only ones
     
  12. Robertintx

    Robertintx Low-Roller

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    Does anyone know if the Fremont has any slot tournments ?
    If so how do you enter ?
    Thanks
     
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