I decided today to have a go at the current 7 day Festive Freeroll slots tournament Mermaids Quest at both English Harbour and SuperSlots. I'm a real money player at both so entry is free.
There's already over 10,000 players entered. Not surprising considering there's a prize fund of over $3000 which grows as more players re-buy. Plus theres also $5000 bonus fund which if is free money you win but then have to wager a set amount before you can claim as your own money. Which is fair enough.
My general tournament strategy for a slot with a bonus game is to generally play at the lowest stakes and then increase my coin values betting when I think a bonus game is due a hit and hopefully win big in the bonus game. (Not a mathematical strategy but one that just adds to the fun of playing).
I started out at English Harbour and played a few hundred spins on all lines at 1 cent per coin. The bonus game seemed to hit every 25 or so spins. So whenever the game went 25 spins without activating the bonus games and then increased the coin bet to $1 on all 9 lines, so $9 per line.
Actually this type of strategy work better on a game like the Reel Deal for which there was a big tournament last month. In that slot game theres bigger potential to win big in the bonus game even though it appears less often.
In Mermaids Quest the bonus round is activated quite often but the bonus prizes are quite low, and in general today I was unlucky in picking some of the lowest values.
In the bonus game a mermaid swims under the sea and to a selection of treasure chests. You then choose one and win a bonus prize. The mermaid then swims down to another level and you do the same again and also for a third time before all your bonus prizes are added together.
Im my second playing session the bonus game didn't activate so often, maybe once eveery 50 - 75 spins. Anyway, impateince got the better of me and I decided to gamble on some high value spins but lost. Before that I did make 202nd by getting my balance from $500 up to $690. However you have to get in the top 100 to win a prize which is what I was going for.
I later had a quick go at SuperSlots. Unless the slot game is one of my favourites (like Reel Deal) I'll go all out on a SuperSlots tournie. I just max bet all lines from the off and see if I get off to a big winning start and go from there. Well I lost everything before even completeing the required minimum number of 20 spins.
Oh well, Im sure one day that strategy might work. :)