090414 GTR_TourEvent symbol from Multimedia Games _300Multimedia Games is hosting the National TournEvent of Champions in collaboration with casinos across the country to crown the nation’s best slot tournament player. Through the first weekend of August, 78 finalists, representing 69 casinos have qualified to compete for the national title at the Wynn’s XS Nightclub in Las Vegas on October 1.

Qualifying rounds will continue through September with a total of 123 slot players competing for the National Championship and a grand prize of $200,000.

“It’s been an exciting summer of qualifying so far,” said Patrick Ramsey, CEO for Multimedia Games in a prepared statement. “The National Championship is just around the corner, and we have a terrific group of players who have earned their trip to the finals in Las Vegas."

According to company press materials, the National TournEvent of Champions takes slot tournaments to a whole new level. Two TournEvent of Champions buses are crisscrossing the country from April?September, through 22 states with more than 250,000 players competing for the chance to represent their casino in Las Vegas. Casinos are hosting slot leagues, semi?finals and then in?casino finals to find the top player to represent them at the National Championship.

Of the 78 qualifiers thus far, there are 44 women and 34 men. They range in age from 22?92 and cover a wide spectrum of backgrounds — from real estate agents to entrepreneurs, and military veterans to government workers. Many of the qualifiers are enjoying the golden years of retirement, and two even hail from the Great White North, Canada.

National TournEvent of Champions began in 2012 with regional competitions in California and Washington. The event crowned its first national champion in 2013 after 88 players from 77 casinos competed in the finals at Lagasse’s Stadium at The Palazzo in Las Vegas. The 2014 event is even bigger with 123 players from 103 casinos and a total purse of $500,000—double the 2013 purse.

The National TournEvent of Champions tour buses are sponsored by Strictly Slots, APSM Systems, Effinet, Bensussen Deutsch & Associates, e?gads!, Andover Audio, Quixant, Sequel Data Systems, Unistar?Sparco Computers, Sunkist Graphics and VSR Industries.