Differences in Online Casino TournamentsBy: Joan Peppin, Friday January 8th 2010
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Tournaments are a popular form of online gambling. Therefore many of the leading online gaming software developers have integrated tournaments into their product. Each of these software developers offers their unique brand of online tournaments with their distinctive advantages. This article discusses the online tournaments offered by some of the leading software developers.
Microgaming is the leading online software developer and it has a very sophisticated tournament format. It offers both scheduled and sit and go online slots tournaments. Microgaming has selected a few of its popular slots games and given them a special tournament interface that provides players with the specific information required to enhance their performance in the tournaments. Some of the games that Microgaming has chosen for this purpose are Tomb Raider, Thunderstruck and Avalon. Microgaming online casinos offer one fairly large sized prize pool tournament every week. The rest of the online tournaments catered to low rollers. Many of them are freerolls or have low entry fees. The one drawback of Microgaming online tournaments is that the detailed schedule is available only from the casino software.
Vegas Technology has one of the best promoted online tournaments in the industry. Its online casinos display the entire schedule in the visitors’ area under the Tournaments tab. Hence players can check out the schedule without having to log in. The schedule for the entire month is put up at the beginning of the month making it convenient for players to plan their wagering. One of the best aspects of Vegas Technology online tournaments is that each online casino group powered by Vegas Technology has its own set of tournaments. Hence playing at online casinos of different Vegas Technology groups provides a different experience. The variety of online tournaments is unmatched. There are low prize pool tournaments with low buy-ins for low rollers. There are tournaments with the prize pool running into tens of thousands of dollars. There are pot prize tournaments where the prize money depends on the number of participating players. Vegas Technology online casinos also offer tournaments in blackjack and video poker.
For players who love blackjack, Realtime Gaming (RTG) online casinos are the place to be at. The RTG software provides the best blackjack tournaments online. Both scheduled and sit and go online tournaments are offered. Most of the tournaments cater to low rollers, which serves to increase the base of blackjack players. However there are two events that expert players go for. One is the multilevel mega tournament known as Blackjack Bowl. This blackjack tournament runs over several months with daily, weekly and monthly qualifiers leading up to the final event. The other unique offering at RTG online casinos is the head to head blackjack competitions in which two players compete against each other. These are known as Mano A Mano and are very popular.
Other online gaming software providers also offer online tournaments at their casinos. However these are not standard tournaments that run across all the brands of that software provider. Each online casino offers its own tournaments from time to time as promotional events.
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