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Online Casino Tournaments and Info

By: Joan Peppin, Thursday October 23rd 2008
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Participating in tournaments is one of the more popular activities in online casinos. It is the only form of online casino activity in which players are pitted against each other, thus fostering not only competition but also camaraderie. There are other attractions of online casino tournaments. Many of the tournaments are freerolls, which implies that is there is no buy-in. Though these offer small prizes they enable players to start a bankroll without investing their own funds. On the other hand there are promotional tournaments that have exotic cruises and other bumper prizes.

Online casino tournaments differ from online casino games in some major respects. In casino games the player is pitted against the house whereas in tournaments the players compete against each other. In games the objective is to end with more credits than the player started with. In tournaments the objective is to end with more credits than the other players, no matter if it is less than the starting credit. Each player starts the tournament with the same number of credits, plays the same casino game for the same period of time. At the end of the expired time the players' closing credits are compared. Usually the designated numbers of the players with the highest closing credits share the money prize in a manner announced earlier.

Though the basic structure of tournaments is as described above there are many types of tournaments. Sit and go tournaments specify the minimum number of participating players. Players keep on registering for the tournament and as soon as the minimum number is reached the tournament starts. As against these are the scheduled tournaments. The starting times of these tournaments are announced well in advance and players are allowed to register till the starting time. The tournament commences at the starting time with the number of participants registered. Some online casinos provide for private tournaments. A player hosts these for family and friends. Such tournaments are not open to the other members of the casino. The promoter decides the parameters of the tournament.

Some of the online software providers who incorporate tournaments in their online casinos are Microgaming, Vegas Technology and Cryptologic. Microgaming offers tournaments only in slots games. Their tournaments featuring the slots Tomb Raider and Thunderstruck are extremely popular. The guaranteed prize pools vary from $50 to $200,000 and the buy-ins from free to $100. Cryptologic offers much fewer online tournaments but offers them in both download and no download versions. They also have a few tournaments in Texas Hold'Em, blackjack and roulette. Vegas Technology offers the best tournaments. The tournaments are held in slots, blackjack, roulette and various video poker games. Tournaments have guaranteed prize pools and also operate on sharing pots. The buy-ins are $10 or less and several tournaments allow rebuys. Despite the low buy-ins the guaranteed prize pools go up to $10,000.

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Comment by: Alison Pravda On: July 10, 2010
Playing in online casino tournaments has become ever so popular as of the past several years and I never really understood what all the hype was about until I tried myself and found that I actually to some degree enjoyed playing in online casino tournaments more so then I do playing just regular cash games.
Comment by: Dr. Braisen On: February 02, 2010
I never was a big fan of casino tournaments. I've seen them in some of the land based casinos close to where I live but never really cared much for them in general. I have been playing them online now for little over a year and have been really impressed with them and how things are going. I don't ever win the first place prize or I should say haven't won yet but I do beleive that there is an opportunity to win here for a really little amount of money that you need to put into playing in these tournaments.
Comment by: burtman On: January 30, 2010
Casino tournaments online are really fun. I've actually never seen or hear of land based slots gaming tournaments so this is a pretty new concept to me in general and overall but they are really fun to play in for those of you out there who have never played in a online casino tournament.
Comment by: Nathan Black On: January 15, 2010
Casino tournaments online have come a long way and have become really exciting primarily because of some of the larger prize pools that are being offered. I'm really a big fan and have and will continue to play in tournaments at online casinos regularly.
Comment by: Blinky Roast On: January 03, 2010
Today's online casino tournaments are very entertaining and draw in lots of players which is 100% the key to developing a great online tournament expereince. I beleive that Microgaming is one of the best in this regard. I agree with the fact and idea behind it not being a very risky means or method of playing online. The fact of the matter is that you don't have to spend much to win a lot (potentially that is) don't be on the fact that you will win though as the competition can generally be rather fierce.
Comment by: Gambler Style On: December 22, 2009
I love tournaments at online casinos as they're a really great way to get in there and spend very little money for the potential of a big payout which is probably one of the more attractive aspects of playing in tournaments as far as I'm concerned. I think that it's a major selling point for online casinos and that truthfully all online casinos should really offer them and if they don't I guarantee that where things are currently at right now they're probably loosing out on potential new players that they could otherwise be attracting to their casinos!
Comment by: Dino Lucci On: September 26, 2009
They've become so popular lately I'm starting to really enjoy them myself and think that they're a great way to play at casinos online with very little risk of loosing a lot of money of course that's if you don't re-buy like 100+ times, lol... like some people I know.
Comment by: Kent Wallace On: July 10, 2009
Some of the new tournaments that are being launched by some of these big online casino groups are awesome. I just saw one that's currently being advertised that appears to be hosted by Microgaming that will yield a total prize pool of over 1 Million Euros, very nice!
Comment by: bentobox On: July 01, 2009
I'm a big believer that tournaments are a great way for newbies to enter into the world of online gaming. Even though I've been playing online for a while now I still find that I indulge in the free-roll tournaments from time to time myself. I also find that I re-buy quite a few times and this is really where they get you and how they commit you to further play. Online casinos make their cut though the buy-ins of the tournaments that they throw.
Comment by: Bonnie Kay On: June 30, 2009
Yeah fully agreed tournaments at online casinos are awesome far better and more enjoyable than slots tournaments played in land based casinos if you ask me. I'm particularly a fan of the free-roll type tournaments where you can play for free with absolutely "zero" buy-in required.
Comment by: Elizabeth On: June 29, 2009
Online casino tournaments rock and for all of those out there who have never played in one you really don't know what you're missing out on... I find that these casino tournaments offered by some of the big online casinos that I play at are not only competitive but offer the prizes to match the competitive nature of slots tournament play. One of the nicest things about it I would say is that often times tournament play is free also known as free roll tournaments. Anyways I've seen the tournaments section featured here on CasinoAdvisor which is rather comprehensive and a good starting point for finding up and coming tournaments and getting in on the action.

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