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This is from yesterday's issue - I'm currently doing a few segments on Online Casino Management 101. I want you to read this, and then read the response that I received this morning from a casino that is listed here:
CASINO MANAGEMENT 101
In light of some of the reoccurring problems that players keep sending to me via "Pitch a Bitch", I've chosen to dedicate this part of the newsletter to "Casino Management 101". This is in anticipation that a manager or two might not only read this, but heed to its principles.
Dealing with Players Who Use Bonuses
If you offer a player a bonus, and this player meets the wagering requirements - pay her (or him). Please understand, you are not being cheated if a player plays the bonus to the last cent; you are providing that player a unique service - the ability to gamble online. This is your function as a casino, and your mantra should be "Pay the player. Pay the player. Pay the player..." Repeat ad nauseum.
Providing gambling activities online may be your function, but with a bit of creativity and ingenuity you can garner loyalty from this player to keep him or her coming back. The house always wins, and if you are going to survive in this highly competitive industry, you need to see this "win" as a long term goal. Keep your players happy, whether you like their style of play or not, and you will receive your just rewards: respect and loyalty.
What not to do.
Don't lie to the player. Don't let the player play out a bonus, and then deny the player his winnings when he requests it. To tell a player the following is the wrong approach:
This is a no go. This gives the casino license to pay whom they want to pay. And to not pay a person who has met the wagering requirements is flat out wrong. I understand and sympathize with casinos which are hammered by bonus players, but if the casino invited them in by offering the bonus then whose fault is that? Casinos who feel victimized need to either review their bonus structure or in the method how these bonuses are handed out.It has been noted that you have not taken part in promotions offered by xyz Casino and its affiliate casino's in the true spirit as intended. From your pattern of play at xyz Casino and other affiliated casino's, it has been noticed that you only generate the sub minimum wager required in order to be entitled to cash out after receiving the bonus.
On at least one other affiliated casino, you again wagered the sub minimum required in order to be allowed to cash out after receiving the bonus and never returned to this casino to play further. When we plan our promotions, the aim is to reward loyal and regular depositing players with FREE bonuses. Unfortunately, your pattern of play across our affiliated casinos has not shown this intention of becoming a loyal and regular depositing player.
As a result, as per our terms and conditions, your initial deposit has been returned to you and all bonuses and winnings have been declared void.
This email should read as follows:
Simple as that. The casino may take a financial hit now and then - but that's just the way it is. Get used to it. Trust is what it's all in this industry, and if players can't trust you, neither can I.....Unfortunately, your pattern of play across our affiliated casinos has not shown this intention of becoming a loyal and regular depositing player.
As a result, as per our terms and conditions, your winnings will be honored, but you will not be given further bonuses unless you can convince us that you will become a loyal player.
That was in yesterday's newsletter. This morning I received an email from a Casinomeister casino which I'd like to share with you.
Please note - my highlights:
So, it seems to me there are a number of operators out there that need to wake up and smell the coffee. Compare this response to the hokey responses some casinos give to void winnings. This is a prime example of how an operation should be conducting itself.Hi Bryan,
I just read your newsletter and can't get over what I saw.
I'm referring to the unnamed casino's stance on promotional abuse.
First of all, I can't believe that they are legally allowed to do what they have done, let alone their moral obligation.
Just to fill you in on the procedures here at our casino, we actually need to have our promotions and their associated terms and conditions approved by our licensing government before we can conduct them. If we were to apply a condition stating that all winnings would be void if the player outsmarts us, our auditors would laugh in our face.
If we tried to pull such a stunt, we'd lose our license to operate (Not that we'd consider it in the first place). Of course we are aware that certain players will attempt to profit from our promotions and I believe it is our responsibility to consider this when establishing the terms of the promotion.
We need to find a balance with our terms and conditions that will protect our profitability and still have appeal to our patrons. That's one of the challenges of casino marketing.
As you suggested (almost word for word from our promotion terms and conditions page) if a player is deemed to be abusing our generosity, we restrict them from receiving further bonuses.
The idea of voiding their winnings is beyond my comprehension.
I guess this is a prime example of why tighter regulation benefits the consumer. If only all casinos had the same audit processes we do.