Multimedia Games and new owner GCA last month launched the 2015 version of the TournEvent of Champions. Caravans were dispatched from the company’s headquarters in Las Vegas and Austin, Texas. They will cover the eastern and western ends of the U.S. and will wind up in Las Vegas in late September for a two-day championship event at the Encore. The tour buses will cover more than 40,000 miles visiting preliminary events.
“Our staff has been working hard to line up the in-casino qualifying events for the 2015 National TournEvent of Champions even before the 2014 champion was crowned,” said Ram Chary, CEO of GCA. “And now the second phase is under way as our two buses hit the road in search of the best slot tournament player, all vying for a shot at our biggest prize purse yet. The event just keeps getting bigger and bigger.”
The 2015 championship will be held on September 29 and 30 in the XS nightclub at Encore with more than 200 competitors from more than 100 casinos battling for the national championship ring and a grand prize of $1 million. The total purse for this year’s event will be $1.3 million, more than double that of last year.
The second annual TournEvent for Charity will be held on September 28 in the Multimedia booth on the floor of the G2E trade show, featuring 24 celebrities, media members and special guests playing for the charity of their choice. Multimedia will make a $40,000 donation to Save a Warrior, which benefits active-duty military personnel, veterans and first responders suffering from PTSD, with an additional $40,000 going to the charities of the winner.