The concept of freeroll slot tournaments is similar to that of poker freeroll tournaments – basically they are free to participate in and have cash prizes. Microgaming recently launched their slot tournaments software to several online casinos (see list, right) offering a variety of online slot tournaments including freerolls every 2 hours.
The freerolls are available on most slot tournaments run by Microgaming and involve older games like “Tombraider” and “Thunderstruck“, “Avalon” and “Loaded” alongside some of the newer 243 Ways To Win games like Thunderstruck II and Immortal Romance.
Freeroll tournaments generally run every 2 hours or so and like the buy-in tournies, they generally last 5 minutes, with a few running for 10 minutes and some exclusives longer still.
Where To Play Online Freerolls
The following online casinos all run freeroll tournaments using Microgaming’s slot tournament module.
How to Play the Freeroll Tournaments
This is pretty easy: simply download the casino software from on of the casinos listed to the right and register a “real money” account. Once installed, the software will proceed to download the games, and you will see a link in the casino lobby to “Slot Tournaments”. Click on this to view a list of all the online slot tournaments currently “In Play” and open for registration or scheduled, both freeroll and optional buy-in tournaments, and select each one to see the time they kick off, the prize money on offer and the rules of the tourney.
There is no limit to the number of players that can enroll in each freeroll – as I write the numbers vary from 600 – 1000 in general, and the same freerolls are played across the Microagming network, expect in special circumstances where the casino has set up their own tournament. All Jackpots usually has some exclusive freeroll slot tournaments with prizes up to $5k, while the normal ones have prize pots that vary from $50 all the way up to $20,000. Each week there is a “20k weekender” which you can either pay $20 to enter, or qualify to via the regular “feeder” freerolls that run every day. The top prize is $5k with various smaller prizes on offer.
Worth noting is that once you have done the tournament, you have the option to buy more time for $5 – $20 depending on the tournament. If you find yourself quite high in the ranking, this can be a useful way of solidifying your position or climbing higher in the ranking.
As you play the freerolls , you will see your current position in a small “league table” inside the software so you can keep a tab on your position. Each slot tournament ends after your alloted time is up, however most freeroll slot tournaments in the Microgaming sofwtare are open for 15 or 30 minutes so you don’t have to be there at the start. In fact you may find it better to wait for 5 minutes before starting the freeroll tournaments as there can be some lag in the busy schedule when everyone starts at once!
Make sure you get the “Download” version of the following casinos and not the “Instant Play” versions as the latter doesn’t have the Slot Tournaments module.