Last month, the Vegas Technology brand casinos all decided to stop accepting new players from the United States. There were two main groups that I have highlighted on this website that will no longer be relevant: the group that includes Online Vegas and Grand Vegas and the group that includes English Harbour and Slots Galore.
If you are a current member of Online Vegas or Grand Vegas, you will still be allowed to play in the different tournaments that are offered. However, even the current players from the U.S. with an account at English Harbour or Slots Galore will be unable to access the real money section of the casino (which is necessary to get to the tournament section).
The part I don’t like is that Vegas Tech had most of the good casino game tournaments other than the slot machines. I’m going to have a hard time finding replacements for the roulette and video poker tournaments.
The State of Online Casino Tournaments for U.S. Players
Traditionally, there haven’t been too many other casino software platforms that have an extensive selection of casino game tournaments. Several of the software providers have tournaments for online slots, but that’s all. That includes several online casinos that use Real Time Gaming software.
Not all RTG casinos will offer a slot tournament for you to play in. There are only a couple of these RTG casinos that have an audience of players in these slot tournaments (more than 50 people).
The following RTG casinos have popular slot machine tournaments: Club World Casino, Rushmore Casino, Cool Cat Casino and Silver Oak Casino.
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Here is what a sample online slot tournament lobby will look like at an RTG casino. The lobby above is from Cool Cat casino. All you would need to do is click on the tournament that you would like to join and press the Register button. After that, just click the Play button after the tournament has officially begun.
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Here is what the RTG slot tournament will look like. You will start off with a beginning credit amount. Once you bet the credits, they are gone. The winnings from each spin will be added to your Score. You will only have a certain amount of time to make these spins. Either your credits will run out or your time will run out. Then, the tournament is over for you and your score will be final.
Other Casino Game Tournaments
BetUS still offers several non-slots tournaments that most players will be able to participate in. They offer a daily blackjack tournament with buy-ins between $5 and $20.
You will also find a $10 Video Poker tournament every Tuesday, a $10 3-card Stud Tournament every Wednesday and a $10 Roulette Tournament every Saturday. You won’t find many people advertising for BetUS anymore, however, since they have decided to become more shady in their business practices. These tournaments are fine to play in; but I wouldn’t bet any money in their regular casino anymore.
If you would like to play in a blackjack tournament, let me suggest that you play at a casino that uses the 21Gnet casino software, such as 5dimes. This software is only available in a flash version (needs to be played from the web browser).
Unlike the blackjack tournaments that are offered at English Harbour and BetUS, you are actually playing at an online blackjack table with other players. The goal of these tournaments is to advance to the next round by finishing with more chips than your opponents at the table.
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There will be a certain number of hands to be played and depending upon the number of players participating a certain number of rounds to advance before you have a chance to win the blackjack tournament. You will need to employ a good blackjack tournament strategy in order to win.
Which Tournaments You Shouldn’t Play
Sometimes you will see an online casino that is offering casino game tournaments. The “tournament” may just be a race to see who can bet the most money on a casino game in a given amount of time. The prizes for these tournaments often don’t equal the risk of betting a high amount of your own money.