Carnival Cruise Line’s $1M Slot Tournament, which featured the largest slots prize ever offered on a Carnival ship, took place on Mardi Gras this week with 100 prizes given to players in the competition, including the top prize of $500,000 awarded to first-place winner.

An awards ceremony was held on board Thursday evening to conclude the week-long competition. More than 1,600 players took part, making it Carnival’s largest casino tournament to date. (See video from the event here).

“It’s fitting that the biggest casino event in our company’s history coincides with our 50th birthday. Seeing firsthand the enthusiasm for the $1M Slot Tournament from our guests, I’m looking forward to us building on this with similar events,” said Jonathan Lask, Carnival’s vice president of casino and performance marketing.

Continuing the fun and excitement of this first $1M Slot Tournament, Carnival is now planning more tournaments, including two additional million-dollar slot competitions over the next two years. Next year, the $1M Slot Tournament will take place on Carnival Celebration, departing from Miami, on Oct. 29, 2023. The tournament will return the following spring and will be held on Carnival’s next new Excel-class ship, Carnival Jubilee, departing from Galveston, Texas on May 18, 2024.

More details about the upcoming tournaments can be found on the Casino section of Guests can reserve a seat for the upcoming tournaments by booking the sailings with a Carnival Players Club offer or with a new open access offer.

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