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A Beginners Guide?

Discussion in 'Online Casinos' started by Southpaw75, Sep 27, 2006.

    Sep 27, 2006
  1. Southpaw75

    Southpaw75 Dormant account

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    Noob here - I've been lurking here for the past few days reading all I can digest about online casinos. I'm interested in getting started but I'm a bit confused as to how to clear these bonuses and where to play them at. I think I get wagering requirements but "sticky" bonuses I don't get.
    Anyway, my point is...is there a site or link I can go to that will help me understand this all? Kind of like a beginner guide than can help explain all the ins and outs, terminology, pitfalls, etc. etc.

    I'd appreciate the help.
     
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  2. Sep 27, 2006
  3. Simmo!

    Simmo! Moderator

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    I wrote up a guide recently - you may get better bonus info from elsewhere but most things are hopefully covered: You must register/login in order to see the link.

    Cheers

    Simmo!
     
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  4. Sep 27, 2006
  5. KasinoKing

    KasinoKing WebMeister & Slotaholic.. CAG MM PABnonaccred webmeister

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    Hmmmm... where could you find such a site... ;)
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  6. Sep 27, 2006
  7. Southpaw75

    Southpaw75 Dormant account

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    Wow!! This is great. Thanks much!
     
  8. Sep 27, 2006
  9. Southpaw75

    Southpaw75 Dormant account

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    Simmo -

    You state in your document that you don't sign up at a casino and take the bonus. Can you go into further detail why that is an advantage for you? I would think that getting a $100 bonus on $100 deposit and if you play basic BJ strategy that you would come out ahead (assuming you bet pretty small) after meeting the wagering requirement. Maybe I'm not fulling understanding what it takes to clear these bonuses.
     
  10. Sep 27, 2006
  11. Simmo!

    Simmo! Moderator

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    Probably better to ask the other posters about bonuses Southpaw. The reason I don't take them is because I really can't be bothered to sit and grind out the wagering requirement. I prefer to just deposit my own money and if I win then I can withdraw without having to worry about if I've met the terms and conditions.

    There are so many terms attached these days that it's a minefield and (personally) I have found that I rarely withdraw when playing with a bonus for any number of reasons. Mainly that I can't be arsed to sit around for 2 hours working out what I must do, then another 2 hours trying to cashout $100. I'd rather go to a cashpoint :D

    Oh yes - and bonuses exclude games - so in most instances, you won't be allowed to play BJ or Roulette or any "50/50" games. Basically, casinos are wise to the fact that players come along looking merely to profit from their bonus before disappearing again so they have closed the loopholes by and large. The more rewarding bonuses I find are in "loyalty" bonuses, which come after you have played at one place for a while.

    A signup bonus simply doesn't tempt me to even investigate anymore.
     
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  12. Sep 27, 2006
  13. lots0

    lots0 Banned User - troll posts - flaming PABnonaccred

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    Good point about the sign up Bonuses Simmo.

    I, like you never worry about the bonuses, I just deposit and then I can withdraw ALL my cash at anytime without a hassle.

    The problem is there are so many webmasters promoting sign up bonuses (I know I am guilty) that to the average user it looks like sign up bonuses are are the best thing going and I don't believe that is the case any longer.
     
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  14. Sep 27, 2006
  15. aka23

    aka23 Dormant account

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    Excluded games usually fall into one of the following categories:

    1. Can bet on both winning and losing outcomes -- roulette, craps, baccarat, etc.
    2. Low house edge -- BJ, pontoon, sometimes VP, war, and others

    Category 1 is excluded with almost all non-Microgaming Clearplay bonuses. Category 2 may or may not be excluded. You need to read the T&C to be certain.

    You can gain quite a lot through sign on bonuses and other promotions. I have gained over $20,000 in the past 4 months, primarily through casino bonuses.
     
  16. Sep 28, 2006
  17. tesla

    tesla Dormant account PABnoaccred2 PABnoaccred

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    yeah but you definitely have had the good side of variance!
     
  18. Sep 28, 2006
  19. KasinoKing

    KasinoKing WebMeister & Slotaholic.. CAG MM PABnonaccred webmeister

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    I still do very well off sign-up bonuses without playing a low-risk strategy.
    Self control & money management are the keys.
    My recommended casino list states which games are / are not allowed in WR at each site. (e.g. BJ).
     
  20. Sep 29, 2006
  21. Southpaw75

    Southpaw75 Dormant account

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    Okay, I found a few casinos that I'd like to try and I would like to get some opinions on these if I could...

    Bet365
    32 Vegas
    King Solomons
    VIP

    If any of you have experience with these regarding payouts, ease of withdrawing money, bonus (maybe I want to decline?), etc I would really love to hear it.

    Couple other things...
    Maybe I want to consider a casino that you have had a great experience with...if so, which one?

    What keeps you playing at a certain casino...what is the best way to determine who gets my money? (cuz I'm probably going to be donating it to somebody )

    Thanks everyone...love the forum.
     
  22. Sep 29, 2006
  23. WAYLANDER

    WAYLANDER Experienced Member webmeister

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    My opinions

    Bet365
    Top notch, no bonus problems, fast payouts
    32 Vegas
    Bonus issues in past, slow payouts ( 5 days )
    King Solomons
    Not played there
    VIP
    No problems, intercasino family

    WAYLANDER
     
  24. Sep 29, 2006
  25. Simmo!

    Simmo! Moderator

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    I'd echo that too.
     
  26. Sep 29, 2006
  27. SlotsWizard

    SlotsWizard Dormant account webmeister

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    Me three! ;) My first time at Bet365 I deposited and got the signup bonus, met the WR by playing Jacks or Better and ended up cashing out 3x my deposit. The money was in my NETeller 16 minutes later. No ID, no faxback, no hassle. That kind of service won my loyalty. And my comp/VIP level has been getting better ever since. :D
     
  28. Sep 30, 2006
  29. johnsteed

    johnsteed Ueber Meister

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    Me four. ;) ;)


    If there wasn't a Pat Harrison at 32red, I'd probably have to rank "bet365" as my casino de choix (at least for the moment). Of course "luck" will always get a casino somewhere, but there's really nothing from keeping this casino from being at the top of the Online Casino heap, when discussing the greatest operations out there.


    The only thing that may be holding it back would be the lack of ongoing bonus promotions, but even in that category, they've taken positive baby-steps at improving that side of the SPECTRUM (compared to '05). :thumbsup:


    Steed

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