Beware ye who travels forth. Here be the newsletter archives of the year 2001. Aye, what a year.
Here you can read how the online community was pre-9/11. The online casino industry was a different place then. The operators at industry events were the ones in Hawaiian shirts drinking cocktails at 9 a.m. It was a carefree - rogue-a-plenty wild-ass time.
We busted a number of rogue operations back then for insanely stupid crap; for instance, making up testimonials and copying them over to their other casino sites. And we had our first experience with a fraudster accusing their teenagers of using their credit cards to play online. Yeah, right.
This was also the year that Ted Loh (AKA Spearmaster) showed his chops in a number of articles that pepper the newsletter nearly monthly. He is also the one who talked me into attending my first conference, the ICE in London, and who really got me more involved with the industry folk. Casinomeister moved from being just a players portal - it was evolving into something more spectacular.
And then came September...
Are Casino Payout Percentages Accurate? ~ 4 January 2001
Welcome to 2001! Welcome to the spaceage, and welcome to the Meister Mail - Casinomeister's bitchin' newsletter! In this issue, are Slotland's posted RTPs accurate? Here is an answer from their representative.
London bound - pre-ICE ~ 18
Lots going on here. I have decided to go to London for the first time - Spearmaster talked me into going to the International Casino Exhibition in London. Plus we have information about Sportsbook.com scam.
London: My Magical Mystery
Tour part III of IV ~ 8 February 2001
Read about my first trip to London visiting the International Casino Exhibition at Earls Court. Meeting the Winneronline guys, and a number of other online casino personalities.
Complaint about Casino-on-net ~ 12 April
Forum Highlights. Casino-on-net complaint - someone else used my credit card, oh, really? Find out the real story here.
Is gambling an investment? ~ 17 May 2001
Is gambling an investment? By Spearmaster - our resident writer who is both wise and awesome. Also a dangerous situation instigated by the Online Casino Managers Association
Three Years of Casinomeister! ~ 7 June 2001
Celebrating three years of being online! Online casinos - are they honest? Spearmaster will let you know.
Play for fun vs Real Betting! ~ 15 June 2001
How can you tell the difference between play for fun and real betting software, or is there a difference? Online fraud - what are the ramifications? By Spearmaster - Casinomeister's resident writer.
Microgaming Pulls the Plug on Tropika ~ 29 June 2001
Microgaming announces that the licence for the operation of the group of casinos owned by Tropika, and notably Fairplay Casino, has been terminated with immediate effect.
Safebet.org Joins the Rogues ~ 5 July 2001
Safebet.org joins the rogues, and Unified Gaming Bring-me-luck does not pay its players - From the Archives: "SafeBet: A
Watchdog Watching Itself" by Bill Haywood
How We Choose Which Casinos to Promote ~ 12 July 2001
Titanic Treasure has disappeared to include players funds. Plus, have you ever wondered how we choose what casinos to promote at Casinomeister? It's not as easy as you think. Find out now via the Meister Mail
- World Gaming's new software fizzles out ~ 2 August 2001
Meister Mail - submit your online casino complaints at the Pitch A Bitch at Casinomeister!! Plus Feature Article World Gaming's new software fizzles out - by Spearmaster
Another Rogue Casino ~ 10 August 2001
Read about the announcement of another rogue casino, plus we now require registering in our forum in order to post!
Happychance casino going rogue ~ 16 August 2001
More casinos going rogue, plus a new casino Grand Hotel Casino joins us. Read all about this in our stupendous awesome newsletter.
Atlantic InterBet defends itself ~ 30 August 2001
Atlantic InterBet defends itself against players' claim that they are just another rip-off joint. And someone hires a private detective to check them out.
Bringmeluck.com - liars ~ 5 September 2001
Bringmeluck.com gets busted out for having fake approval logos on their site. Freaking hilarious - rogues and lying liars who lie to us, and $414,119 Jackpot win at the
THE POWER OF THE MESSAGE BOARDS ~ 13
The power of the message boards cannot be underestimated - Casinomeister, Winneronline, Gamemaster, Gambling.com are all contenders in this voice of the player.
Letter About Chargebacks ~ 21 December 2001
Is onluckcasino.com is reputable? And what about this letter from the awesomely named casino 'The Online Casino' yep, that's their name.