Microgaming online casinos regularly host pokies tournaments. There are at least a dozen of them running at any given time. It is a safe way to enter pokies wagering because your liability is limited to your entry fee.
The simplest of pokie tournaments are structured in the following manner. You pay the entry fee and are given a stack of chips to play. All participants are given a stack of the same amount. You can play on the designated slot game for the specified time period in any way you want. When you bet on a spin then your chip stack reduces. If you win on a spin then your chip stack increases. At the end of the tournament all players are ranked on a leader board on the basis of their final chip tally. A specified number of players on top of the leader board share the prize pool.
When you participate in an online pokie tournament you cannot lose more than the entry fee. Even if you lose all your given chips and end up with a score of zero, your only loss is the entry fee. These would be in the order of AU$5 or AU$10 for normal pokies tournaments so the risk is minimal. The flip side is that you do not convert you balance chips to cash. If you are high enough on the leader board you win a fixed share of the prize pool.
As a new player you should start with freeroll pokie tournaments. These do not have any entry fee. The prize pools are very small, but look at it this way. If without any investment you win even AU$10 at the end, it is free money that can be used for playing pokies in the normal manner. If you do not win then there is no monetary loss. This also helps you develop tournament skills.
When you start on online pokies tournaments with entry fees, look for prize pools that run deep. This means that a larger number of players share the prize pool. It is true that the average share per person will be less but there will be a greater probability of your winning something. Once you acquire a level of confidence you can move to the higher risk online pokie tournaments. The prize pool is shared between few players with the top player getting a substantial amount.
In order to play pokies tournaments log in to your Microgaming online casino, access the Games Menu and go to the Tournaments tab for a complete listing of the events on offer. Casino Mate, Royal Vegas and 32Red are recommended for Australian online casino players.