Following several rounds of thrilling slot tournament competition on September 28 at XS Nightclub in the Wynn/Encore resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, Lisa K. representing Riverwalk Casino Hotel in Vicksburg, Mississippi bested 142 competitors and was named the 2016 TournEvent of Champions grand prize winner. Presented by Everi Games Inc. and now in its fifth year, TournEvent of Champions is the gaming industry’s premier slot tournament competition featuring a championship round with $1.3 million in total cash prizes.
As the 2016 TournEvent of Champions grand prize winner, Lisa K. received $1 million*, a TournEvent of Champions championship ring, and a cruise for two on Norwegian Cruise Line. Rebranded as The Million Dollar Event in 2015, this year’s TournEvent of Champions campaign included 89 casinos from across the U.S., Canada, and Peru, and saw more than 200,000 players participating in qualifying slot tournaments to earn a spot at the championship in Las Vegas.
“Our casino partners do an incredible job hosting the TournEvent of Champions qualifying events during the year and we were extremely pleased with the high level of competition from this year’s finalists,” said Michael Rumbolz, Everi president and chief executive officer. “Our congratulations go out to Lisa K. from Riverwalk Casino Hotel and we’d also like to thank all our 2016 TournEvent of Champions finalists for their never-ending excitement and enthusiasm, which helped make this a truly memorable event.”
The TournEvent of Champions phenomenon continues to grow in popularity and was a huge success in 2016 thanks to the dedicated event team at Everi, the participating casinos, and the amazing staff at Wynn/Encore. The 2016 TournEvent of Champions sponsors were: Effinet, Norwegian Cruise Line, Southern California Gaming Guide, Creative Surfaces, PC Promotions, Sparco, Columbus Data Services, Sequel Data, and TransAct.
“TournEvent of Champions is a true team effort and the help of our casino partners and generous sponsors truly make our flagship event the success it is,” said Linda Trinh, Everi vice president of marketing & promotions. “It’s been another outstanding year and we’re already in the planning stages for the 2017 campaign, which will culminate in Las Vegas where we will once again award a $1 million grand prize to one lucky slot player.”
As a precursor to The Million Dollar Event, the third annual TournEvent for Charities celebrity slot tournament took place on Tuesday, September 27 at Everi’s booth #1116 at the Global Gaming Expo. TournEvent for Charities featured 24 celebrities—including Penn & Teller, Carrot Top, and Robin Leach— competing in a fun-filled slot tournament on behalf of their favorite charities. In the end, Fenn Cross, VP of Operations at Southern California Gaming Guide, claimed victory and the $10,000 winner’s check on behalf of his charity, Promises2Kids. The remaining charitable organizations selected by the participating celebrities were winners in their own right, sharing in the $40,000 total contribution made by Everi.
*The One Million Dollar Grand Prize awarded using periodic payments over 20 years or in a lump sum, present day cash value payment.