Since you must play all your credits within a certain time period you must play fast enough to use all of them. Each winning spin will increase your total score. Any unused credits are lost and you will be at a disadvantage because you did not take as many spins as your opponents. To help increase your speed, keep your fingers on the spin button and lightly tap it. You don't need to pound the spin button. By leaving your fingers on it you will save a few split seconds that you would have lost by taking your hand off the button.
You will need to concentrate when you are playing in the tournament. Before you start you want to look at the pay table of the machine. When the machine is adding winning credits to your score it will not spin until all the credits have been tallied. If you a big win it will take a few seconds to do this. You can take a quick breath but you must be prepared to start tapping as soon as this is done. Don't be distracted or spend time celebrating if you have a big hit. I was playing in a tournament and a young lady sitting next to me kept jumping up and hollering each time she had a big win. After the time was up she had only played about half her credits.
Some players get bored or tired while they are playing in a tournament causing them to slow down. This has been downfall of many players who suddenly find that time has run out and they still have unused credits on their machines. Many new players remark that the twenty minutes seemed like an hour when they were playing. Make sure you are alert and well rested before entering a tournament. If you are not at your best your score could suffer.
Curiosity can also effect the outcome of your score. It is human nature to want to know how you are doing compared to the other players. I see many tournament players looking around trying to see the score of the other players. The time to find out is after your session not while you are playing. Just keep your mind on your own score and concentrate on using all your credits.
As you play in more tournaments you will find that your speed increases and you will have time left on your meter after you play your credits. Until you reach this point it is advisable not to bring your soda, coffee or water to the machine with you. You don't want to waste precious time sipping on a drink.
The simple Slot Tournament strategy is to play fast, stay focused and have fun. Besides being fun, many slot tournaments can be a good value.