I've never been a really skilled player at solitaire. The thought of competing in an online solitaire tournament seemed impossible to me. I have played my share of it on the computer during times I probably should have been doing something different with my time. I do not consider myself particularly technically savvy.
An internet game must be extremely easy to understand for me to enjoy it. I don't have the attention span to get in to some involved download or a game that has a thousand rules. I lose interest and get that glazed look in my eyes when it gives me the slightest hint of complication.
When I first checked out tournament games, I was thrilled with the simplicity of it all. I was literally playing solitaire two minutes after choosing to download the game console. Their solitaire version was so easy to get started, and it is based on skill so the possibility of competing in an online solitaire tournament becomes closer with each hand I play.
The cursor acts as a little guide, letting me know I have a card picked up and ready to move by turning green. There's also a little guide to let me know that exactly where I am putting my card, this was extremely helpful to me since I have been know to get a little crazy with the mouse and I end up putting my card on the wrong stack.
After playing a few hands I almost felt like a card shark. The full screen effect with the graphics just really added so my sense of being in the game. I almost felt ready to join an online solitaire tournament. The bottom left of the screen kept a running total of how many cards I had left and how many moves I had made. I could certainly see why the website had been around so long. They made games that I could jump right into without going thru some long drawn out tutorial that I would have lost interest in two seconds from the start.
It gave me a sense of building up my skill, in the back of my mind I kept thinking I might just get good enough at this to join in an online solitaire tournament. With cash prizes to be won, I am more than willing to keep returning to tournament games to build my skill, and by the looks of the how many other players are online, I am certainly in good company.