For the Reporter
Muckleshoot Casino has the distinction of hosting the world’s largest slot tournament.
Saturday’s Everi’s TournEvent of Champions attracted more than 3,100 players, a history-making accomplishment verified by an official Guinness World Records adjudicator after a more than 13-hour period. Participation in the all-day event, which awarded more than $100,000 in cash and prizes, was free to guests 21 and older.
The record-breaking event was part of the casino’s 21st anniversary celebration.
“This is a thrilling honor not just for Muckleshoot Casino, but for the incredible 3,173 players who hold this record with us equally,” said Conrad Granito, the casino’s general manager. “Their spirited enthusiasm, combined with the exhilarating fun of Everi’s TournEvent of Champions, created a winning combination.”
The tournament’s top finisher, Benigno T. of Federal Way, received $21,000 in cash and a four-night trip to Las Vegas to compete for a chance to win $1 million in Everi’s TournEvent of Champions showdown on Sept. 28. The $1 million grand prize will be awarded, using periodic payments over 20 years, officials said.
“We’ve held hundreds of TournEvent of Champions slot tournaments over the past five years, but this one was definitely the most memorable and the perfect way to kick off this year’s campaign,” added Linda Trinh, Everi vice president of marketing and promotions. “We are proud to be a part of this historic event and want to thank Muckleshoot Casino, as well as all the players, who helped make this our biggest TournEvent of Champions tournament to date.”
From its humble start in a tent in 1995, Muckleshoot Casino serves as one of the largest gaming establishments in the Pacific Northwest, with more than 3,100 games, eight dining experiences and live entertainment.