Casinomeister 2017 Awards

“The Best Forum on the Planet”

Each year I tout how lucky I am – I have the best online community on the planet at my fingertips. Each year I am at a loss of words on how much I appreciate the members of Casinomeister’s Forum. Sure there is a lot of great content there – but it’s the people who make it what it is.

And yeah, I appreciate everyone – those who encourage thoughtful informative banter, those who help police the site by reporting spam attacks, those who lighten up conversations that might be spiraling into a flame war. I especially appreciate the members who remind me of the importance of having a well balance approach to any issue that comes our way – even the posters who get under my skin now and then. Those are the ones who keep me in check – making sure that any decisions that I make are not fraught with either bias or emotionalism.

So here’s a cyber “cheers” to our community. Regular members and the moderators – the beers are on me.

Forum Highlights of 2017

award_beerIn Casinomeister’s 19 year history, 2017 was our biggest year. Besides the relaunch of the main site (the reviews, the rogue pit, the news, etc.), we also relaunched the forum. Yes – the entire site is mobile friendly, and the forum is now my favorite place on my phone. If you don’t believe me – try it, you’ll like it.

But yeah, we had our share of spam attacks, bootifications, wondrous intelligent allocutions, dramatic meltdowns, bitches and moans, legitimate complaints, jovial jocularities, intriguing insights and a mélange of other topics.

Here are just a sprinkling of some of 2017’s highlights:

Meister Minions are becoming an extremely important part of Casinomeister. These are the volunteers who collect information about the Casinos listed at Casinomeister – not only the Accredited ones – but all. So far, over 3000 withdrawal processing times posted in the Meister Minions forum.

What’s your favorite software! Yeah we started a poll in July that received several hundred votes and showed that Netent edged past Microgaming as a favorite with Play ‘n Go as third night above Merkur – which surprised me. Besides the poll, there are loads of great comments that any player and most software providers will find useful.

Club World Casinos removed from Accredited Casino section This was a massive bummer on so many levels. This thread bore witness to the mother of all Fall From Graces. The reputable and award winning Club World Group went rogue.

Casumo Affiliate Spam Problem – this thread probably served as one of the catalysts that caused the UKGC to come down hard on the UK licensed casinos. It was a pretty painful thread to keep up with.

For the first time in about a decade – we relaunched the site. We finally entered the 21st Century.

Video Slots – Newly Accredited Started in 2014 but still going strong — 6950 replies and still counting! It has become one of the most popular threads of all time in the Online Casinos section. The Videoslots guys are champions when it comes to engaging with the players to get problems resolved.

Jennifer’s medical fund This was an amazing thread as the members chipped in to help Jennifer (bebo67) get through being diagnosed with breast cancer. We were sitting on pins and needles sometimes, waiting for her to come back wiht results, and this thread has a happy ending. Just goes to show what an awesome community this is.

Remarkable day at Videoslots! What was initially a thread where Harry_BKK boasted of a really nice run at VideoSlots (damn, their name comes up quite often), turned into a contest where members guess the multiplier Harry gets when he wins at slots – and they win small cash prizes from Harry. And from there is got better:

From Harry_BKK: “What started out as just me giving away small prizes has evolved in other members chipping in as well with contests and comps. On top, if the winner of the comp is managing to win himself/herself with the comp, he/she will pass the received amount on via another contest in the thread. That is in my view what really makes the thread special as members give other members the opportunity to win some play money, which comes in handy especially for the low rollers or those out of budget.”

This casual weekly contest has been going on since September with over 73,000 views and 2300 replies. That is pretty awesome.

Ask me anything about slots At first I thought that this was initiated by some weekend warrior slot fan who was soooo smart he was going to tell us all about it. Turns out this happened to be started off by a member who happens to work for IGT as a developer, and is sooo smart that he can answer just about any question one would have. Albeit a newbie question or something high tech. It’s so awesome that I awarded this thread the Best Player Experience for the year 2017. Awesome thread.

Bonanza by Big Time Gaming Launch of Bonanza slot, has seen forum posters compare results, discuss strategy and suggest the various merits of the new Big Time Gaming slot. That is pretty awesome.

Best New Slot of 2017 Your Votes! Besides the awesome videos that Dunover produces – here is his poll for best slot of 2017. A lot of people can learn something from this. And we used this thread as the basis for the Best Software Experience for 2017. Awesome job Dunover – thanks!

You want to complain? Just look at these shoes! – what would our forum be without complaints! Most of these were either resolved or ended up being processed and placed in our Casino Warning section.

Webmaster Corner
We saw a large spike in affiliates signing up in the forum (and a number of players becoming affiliates). There are plenty of good threads there. Some good threads in the Affiliate Issues section. To include a number of affiliates programs giving guidance for their UK facing partners.


Screenshots-O-Rama: – is one of the most popular spots in our forum: winner screenshots, worst screenshots, high roller screenshots, low roller, we’ve got them all. And now with the new forum software, you can search for your friends’ screenshots in their user profile. Yeah!

This was only the tip of the iceberg called Casinomeister’s forum. There are loads of threads I wasn’t able to review before getting these awards out.

And if you are not a member, why not? You are missing out on a lot of interaction with some very cool people – and a few lunatics as well. You can register here.

I am grateful for such a fantastic community. Thank you everyone for making this possible.


Forum Highlights Historical Awards

Forum Highlights of 2016
Forum Highlights of 2015 – Both a crazyman’s and a gambler’s dream
Forum Highlights of 2014 – Both a crazyman’s and a gambler’s dream
Forum Highlights of 2013 – It was a wild year
Forum Highlights of 2012 – A whole bunch of stuff
Forum Highlight of 2011 – De-roguing Grand Privé, Questions on RTP, Casinos and Responsive Gambling
Forum Highlight of 2010 – A Poll that Made a Difference
Forum Highlight of 2009 – Software Provider Intervenes with Rogue Casino
Forum Highlight of 2008 – Cynthial and Swede gettin’ hitched