Microgaming Casinos Hold “Festive Frenzy” Slot Tournament with “Santa’s Wild Ride”

Written By Janice Doughtrey

Take a wild ride with Santa at Microgaming online casinos during the Christmas holidays and have a chance to win a share of the CA$125,000 prize pool at stake in the ongoing “Festive Frenzy Slot Tournament.” The network-wide tournament kicked-off last December 01, 2014 via the Christmas-themed “Santa’s Wild Ride” multi-player slot.

The slot continues to attract avid slot players aiming to take a shot at the CA$10,000 cash prize that will go to the first place tournament finisher, or even take a spot as one of the top 100 finishers who will each get a share of the remaining prize pool. The “Festive Frenzy Slot Tournament” entry fee is CA$10, while the “continue” and “rebuy” features are available to those who want to attain the best ranking, before the tournament winds up on January 01, 2015.

About “Santa’s Wild Ride” Slot

The 5-reel, 243 ways-to-win Yule-themed slot is a great selection for a slot tournament, since the Wild “Santa’s Wild Ride” logo has hidden multipliers that randomly apply during the base game. One-of-a-kind combinations achieved by way of Wild substitutions could give payout equivalents at 2x, 3x, or even 4x the value of the bet that produced the win outcome.

The Wild features get even wilder if a tournament player lands on three, four, or five of the Free Spin icons represented by the keys to Santa’s Blitzin motorbike. A whopping set of 25 free spins will give a player greater chances of increasing his or her win achievements, as the free round awards twice the value of the one-of-a-kind combination/s achieved. Even greater still are the three available choices of how a player can optimize the Wild substitution feature, either as Stacked Wilds, Expanding Wilds, or as Trailing Wilds.

The Stacked Wilds occupy an entire reel and therefore substitute for more icons that can complete a greater number of winning combinations appearing from left to right. The Expanding Wild is one in which a single Wild expands upwards or downwards. The occurrence therefore increases the Wild icon’s substitution capabilities to achieve a win, and/or to create multiple wins. The Trailing Wild is another great option since one or more Wild icons that complete a matched combination will leave behind trail of Wild icons that are usable for the next spin. For as long as the Wilds keep producing matched combinations, the Wilds will continue to leave its trail for the rest of the bet-free spins.

As an added treat and for increasing one’s chances at improving one’s record of “Santa’s Wild Ride” tournament winnings, the game has a Special Bonus reward via the Special Santa Gift icons that appear on reels two and four. Massive coin rewards will be added to the lucky player who gets to land on the Bonus Gift, which could possibly give a tournament player a greater winning edge.

Microgaming’s Product Manager for Multi-Player Games, James Ford, is quite proud that their multi-player platform achieved tremendous growth in 2014. He comments that they have added a lot of content to the tournament slots and the community games, and delivered numerous headline events as well. He revealed that the Microgaming network-wide tournaments combined with online operators’ locally hosted tournaments have paid out as much as €6 million to players in 2014.