Vegasrider
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June 21st, 2020 at 6:01:14 PM permalink
IGT has programmed certain types of slot machines so that it can be converted to slot tournaments. Once the tournament is over they can reset the machines to whatever game they want. In the past, the machines that were used were the old fashioned reels, the old red white and blue 777 reels which required zero skills.

Incredibelle actually requires some skill, which leans towards the younger crowds. The reason why, it requires you to keep pressing the spin button as fast as you can while you use your other hand to swipe or press the coins or bells that mysteriously appears on your screen which is worth bonus points if you successfully swipe or hit them. You only have 1-2 seconds before they disappear. So the higher the percentage rate of hitting all the coins and bells that momentarily appear on the screen, the higher the score. I have managed to cash on every one of these tournaments since the conversion from the traditional slot machines. By no means I consider myself young, I’m well into my AARP.

But there is AP in this type of tournament. Your perception and reaction time is critical, which results in physically touching the bonuses that momentarily appear on the screens.
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June 21st, 2020 at 7:28:01 PM permalink
I've played at a couple of those slot tourneys. It is amazing how they can change dozens of different machines into the same one for a tourney then reset them back to normal when it's over. I got to 40,000+ credits on the last one I was at, but that didn't even crack the Top 200. You need like 50,000+ to get in the Top 50. You only play for a few minutes, like 2 or 3. My screen had balloons floating across that would give like 500 to 5,000 credits if you hit it with your hand, so it really depended on your luck with the denomination of your jackpots. Being slow won't even get you above 30,000 credits. I think only the Top 20 (55,000+) got substantial prizes, but they may have given $10 to everybody from 21st to 100th. They'd have several rounds throughout the day, so I have to figure up to a thousand or more players played.
rxwine
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June 21st, 2020 at 8:13:29 PM permalink
Quote: Vegasrider

You only have 1-2 seconds before they disappear. So the higher the percentage rate of hitting all the coins and bells that momentarily appear on the screen, the higher the score. I have managed to cash on every one of these tournaments since the conversion from the traditional slot machines. By no means I consider myself young, I’m well into my AARP.



Maybe I'm wrong, but don't they like their AARP age customers? That doesn't bode well. Reflexes fade with age.
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rxwine
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June 21st, 2020 at 8:18:02 PM permalink
The last time I played a slot tournament I didn't like the way it was done. The times I have played them before you just picked a random machine. There was no tracking who was playing what machine.

The last time I played I was given a code at the player's club after showing my card. So they knew who was playing. Could they now be choosing whose game they wanted to enhance? I don't know, but I didn't really trust it.
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June 21st, 2020 at 8:58:21 PM permalink
I also played in a couple slot tournaments with the same kind of balloons floating up the screen you had to tap. I played a perfect game pressing the spin button as fast as possible along with not missing a single balloon floating across the screen and I still didn't make it to the prize range. These tournaments are for sure not solely skill based and still have to deal with the randomness of a slot machine. If I had to guess they probably give each player the same amount of balloons to tap but the separation comes from the slot wins and losses going on below. Rxwine could be right in unfairness as I did have to swipe my players card to get a code to enter into the slot machine I played.
Mission146
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June 22nd, 2020 at 6:17:31 AM permalink
Quote: Vegasrider

IGT has programmed certain types of slot machines so that it can be converted to slot tournaments. Once the tournament is over they can reset the machines to whatever game they want. In the past, the machines that were used were the old fashioned reels, the old red white and blue 777 reels which required zero skills.

Incredibelle actually requires some skill, which leans towards the younger crowds. The reason why, it requires you to keep pressing the spin button as fast as you can while you use your other hand to swipe or press the coins or bells that mysteriously appears on your screen which is worth bonus points if you successfully swipe or hit them. You only have 1-2 seconds before they disappear. So the higher the percentage rate of hitting all the coins and bells that momentarily appear on the screen, the higher the score. I have managed to cash on every one of these tournaments since the conversion from the traditional slot machines. By no means I consider myself young, I’m well into my AARP.

But there is AP in this type of tournament. Your perception and reaction time is critical, which results in physically touching the bonuses that momentarily appear on the screens.



That's a great post and is absolutely correct. I came in first place in one of these tournaments a few years back because this style had just come to that casino and I was one of the few people using both hands. I would come in the Top 10 in a few tournaments after that, but never came in first again, because it certainly didn't take too long for the slot tourney players to figure it out.

The converted machines in this case were Everi machines, though.
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Vegasrider
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June 22nd, 2020 at 7:38:14 AM permalink
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Maybe I'm wrong, but don't they like their AARP age customers? That doesn't bode well. Reflexes fade with age.



I imagine that there will be some older players complain that the tournament is too physical.

Another AP, if you have played the game before and know how to play its a big advantage vs someone who is playing it for the 1st time. Like I mentioned, the previous machines required zero skil, you just press the reel button, some were playing two machines at the same time. Not possible with these new machines.
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July 4th, 2020 at 10:17:26 AM permalink
I've played a lot of slot tournaments. In 2017, 2018, 2019 I qualified locally for the TournEvent $1,000,000 slot tournament in Vegas at the Encore/Wynn. That's a 1 in 175 freeroll chance at $1M. Last year I even made the final round. 14 of us on stage, 1 of us going home with $1,000,000. Just give me the minimum $1500....

This one is slightly skill based. Small balloons appear that you rapidly pop with your non-spinning hand. They appear for a set amount of time - most people pop 14-16 of them, my buddy and I pop 19-22 on average. The variance of playing is in getting that feature to come up 1-3 times and being good at it, if it doesn't come up you ain't advancing.

Tough to say about "assigned" machines. In 2017 I did lose a qualifying round to a handicap person who only had use of 1 arm (true story). However I don't think assigned machines mean much. Sure if it's a "marketing promotion" they can do whatever the hell they want. The programmer in me says, "Just doing random = 1000% easier".

But all the local VIP lounge losing players here will tell you "they picked him (me) to win". If we compared casino win/loss statements the casino would be picking them to win, not me....

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