An eventful evening at the XS Nightclub inside Wynn Las Vegas on October 1 saw Multimedia Games crowning the new National TournEvent of Champions victor, the announcement of a $1 million grand prize for the 2015 TournEvent of Champions Championship, and $30,000 awarded to various charities.
In the marquee event, McDonald, representing the Snoqualmie Casino in Snoqualmie, Wash. prevailed over 122 other top tournament slots players in a loud and intense competition to become the 2014 National Champion in the National TournEvent of Champions. McDonald walked away with an exquisite champion’s ring and a $200,000 winner’s check.
In a day that kicks off Breast Cancer Awareness Month, McDonald, a two-time breast cancer survivor was all smiles as she celebrated her victory with a crowd of well-wishers.
“My husband keeps trying to give me strategy,” she said, “but I told him I would win by having fun, and I did. I’m just so happy.”
The National TournEvent of Champions finals pitted 123 finalists representing 103 casinos from around the country in a high-energy battle for tournament slots supremacy that started with qualifying TournEvents as early as April of this year.
“Our casino partners all across the country did a great job at hosting the qualifier events throughout the summer,” said Patrick Ramsey, Multimedia Games CEO. “And all the competitors here tonight for the finals represented their casinos with fierce competitiveness, showcasing the intensity of TournEvent. Our congratulations go out to Kathryn for her exciting victory.”
Although just in its third year, the National TournEvent of Champions has exploded in popularity and virtually doubled in size each year. And 2015 promises to do the same with an announced $1 million dollar grand prize for a total purse of $1.3 million.
“The success of TournEvent of Champions really belongs to the casinos running events throughout the year,” said Ramsey. “The format of the event adds undeniable electricity to the casino floor, and the casinos along with our promotions team, do a great job of drawing in big crowds to compete — many of them competing for the very first time.”
Earlier in the evening, Multimedia Games kicked off the championships with its first-ever TournEvent for Charity™ event in which a mix of celebrities, and local and industry media members squared off on behalf of their favorite charities. In the end, JC Fernandez of KMXB Mix 94.1 claimed victory and the $10,000 winner’s check for the Shine Family Foundation. The remaining charities were winners in their own right, sharing in the $20,000 total contribution made by Multimedia Games.
Planning for the 2015 TournEvent for Charity is already underway as Multimedia Games aims to make the event an annual kickoff for the National TournEvent of Champions finals. Starting next year, Multimedia Games will partner with Save A Warrior — a program dedicated to healing US veterans struggling to cope with life after returning home from the battlefield — to make the organization the charity of choice for Multimedia Games and TournEvent for Charity. Multimedia Games capped the announcement with a $10,000 donation to Save A Warrior.