There are many ways to win big at the online slots: Wild symbols, Scatter symbols, multipliers, free spins, bonus rounds, and progressive jackpots. But there’s also an equally fun way to get even more for your money when playing at the online slots, and that’s with slots tournaments. In a slots tournament, participants’ performance is tracked on a leaderboard, with the top finishers getting paid out a share of the guaranteed prize pool. As for that word “performance”, in slots tournaments, there are two primary ways in which player performance may be tracked: by Wins and by Wagers.
Win-Based Slot Tournament
This type of slots tournament operates very much like an online poker tournament: you pay a fixed buy-in and are given a fixed number of chips to play with in a set period of time (i.e. 1 day). At the end of the tournament period, whoever finishes with the most chips, wins. In this type of slots tournament success at the slots is rewarded with success in the tournament.
Yet there is another type of slots tournament that gives players a sort of second chance at coming out ahead, even if they don’t fare so well at the online slots.
Wager-Based Slot Tournament
In this type of slots tournament, it doesn’t matter how well (or poorly) you fare in the actual slots games you’re playing (at least in terms of tournament performance). What matters is how much you wager.
There is no fixed buy-in for these types of slots tournaments, nor is there a fixed number of chips. Players earn points simply by wagering on eligible slots: the more you wager during the tournament period, the better you fare on the tournament leaderboard.
In this way, one player can win more money playing in the online slots during the tournament period, but not have wagered enough to cash in the tournament, while another player could lose all they’ve bet in the slots, yet because of the amount they wagered still end up winning the tournament.
In most cases, points awarded in online slots tournaments are awarded not based on how well you do at the chosen slot but on how much you wager playing the slot. That means the more you play, the better you perform in the slots tournament, regardless of how you fare in the actual slots games you play to earn those points and climb that leaderboard.
General Slots Tournaments Info
In online slots tournaments of either kind, any tournament prizes you may win are awarded on top of whatever amounts you may have won playing the online slot to earn those tournament points in the first place.
It is also important to note which slots are eligible for scoring in the tournament, because in many cases only a select group of slots (in many cases, even, only one!) are eligible for the tournament.
Also in most cases, you must opt in to the slots tournament before you start to play, in order for your performance (or your wagers) in the online slots to count toward your performance (and potential prize wins) in the slots tournament.