/ / / /

Pay-To-Play Slot Tourneys: Yay Or Nay?

November 28, 2012 at 5:05 PM | by | ()

While sitting at the bar playing video poker and drinking a 777 beer at Main Street Station last week, we heard an unusual announcement. The casino was alerting guests that a slot tournament would be taking place in a half hour and that there was still room to sign up and play. We've played in slot tournaments before and didn't find them very interesting so we stayed at the bar, playing video poker and sipping beer.

Every other slot tournament we've come across before was promotional and had no entry fee. These tournaments were used to lure customers into the casino. If you're staying overnight (or two nights) at a casino, you're bound to spend some cash there. It's a great promotional tool and a good excuse for customers to visit a casino. The Big Kahuna Tournament at Main Street Station is different, though.

The Big Kahuna is set up similar to a poker tournament where the entry fee is sliced up and paid to the top 3 finishers. 1st place gets 50% of the entry money, 2nd place gets 30%, 3rd gets 20% and 4th place gets "a prize," which we assume to be a free buffet.

The Big Kahuna Tournament is every day and costs $15 to enter (or $10 for B Connected members). Even though there are four qualifying rounds we wouldn't expect much prize money to be available to winners. This writer is skeptical of playing such a tournament because certain machines may be known to pay out better and regular customers may get preferential treatment. Even if this writer's conspiracy theory isn't correct, the randomness of a slot machine tournament doesn't make this seem like a good buy.

What do you think about buying in to a slot machine tournament? Let us know in the comments below.

(PHOTOS: Main Street Station on Foursquare, Main Street Station)

Archived Comments:

Slots a fun

Back in 07 when I was attempting to gamble in Vegas while still with my "I'm so glad the bitch is gone" ex wife I played this slot tourney twice. It was 10 dollars then for card members. The selection of machine was by one of those old timey bingo ball cages with numbered balls ranging 1-20. In order to make the 1 p.m. final you had to place in the top five in one of four qualifying tournaments . I made it twice but no money. The biggest first  place winning  i saw was 280. Fourth place won a shoe shine kit( to fix your shoes up after you kicked the machine that cost you the money) .

Slot tourneys its fun!

People often wonder whether certain days of the week yield more successful gambling results. Slot machines, enjoyed by novices and experienced gamblers alike, are generally available 24 hours, seven days a week in establishments across the United States. Some gamblers think that certain days will yield a better payoff than others, but the majority of experts say that it does not matter which day of the week the machines are played.