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Am I the only one who doesn't play with bonuses?

Discussion in 'Online Casinos' started by mgibson99, Jul 1, 2005.

    Jul 1, 2005
  1. mgibson99

    mgibson99 Dormant account

    Location:
    Washington DC
    It seems to me that bonuses are more trouble than they are worth. The T&C are usually confusing, its a pain to keep track of how much you have wagered, and sometimes you end up betting more than you really wanted to because you're trying to meet wagering requirements. Even if you manage to win, casinos can label you a bonus abuser and confiscate your winnings. All this for bonuses which are usually pretty small.

    I just find it easier and cleaner to play without bonuses. Maybe I'm missing out, because I have seen many people post that bonuses are the only way to get an edge over the house. Perhaps, but by the same token, many of the complaints in this forum are about problems with bonuses.

    Would be curious to see what other people have to say.
     
  2. Jul 1, 2005
  3. pstnpstn

    pstnpstn Dormant account

    Occupation:
    computer
    Location:
    Seoul
    these are my casino list

    intercasino
    william hill
    supervegas casino

    always playing with their monthly deposit bonus
    and always cash out just after wager requirement.

    I did not go through any bad experience with these casinos.
     
  4. Jul 1, 2005
  5. paul02085

    paul02085 Senior Member

    Occupation:
    Fishing :)
    Location:
    USA
    "All this for bonuses which are usually pretty small."

    I think this is the key point. Example a low stakes player who has $100 to gamble with and gets a 100% bonus now has double his stake to play with. To him this is not "pretty small" bonus.

    A higher stakes player say $500 or more to gamble would look at a $100 bonus as maybe not worth the accompanying potential hassles. To him this could easily be considered a "pretty small" bonus.
     
  6. Jul 1, 2005
  7. mgibson99

    mgibson99 Dormant account

    Location:
    Washington DC
    Ahhhh....I think you hit the nail on the head for me. I am a larger deposit player, and I don't get overly excited about a "relatively" small bonus that doesn't really advance my bankroll all that much.
     
  8. Jul 1, 2005
  9. gambling800

    gambling800 Banned User

    Occupation:
    president
    Location:
    NJ
    For a larger deposit player like you,It's really not worth to get $100,$200 bonus.



    Because you can bet with your own money.
     
  10. Jul 1, 2005
  11. Petunia

    Petunia Dormant account

    **Hey,
    I play at three top casinos... I never take a bonus, and if it is credited to my account, I ask for it to be removed.

    Like you guys, I think it is just waaaaay too much hassle for such a small amount!

    I do however take bonusses when I try new casinos and test the software & casino CS response times... but seriously, even that these days has become such a hassle, and I cannot be bothered! The casinos I use, are good to/for me, and believe it or not, the ONLY time I have to get in touch with them,is when I ask them to remove the promo money.... they do it straight away and the rest .. as they say... is history! **
     
  12. Jul 1, 2005
  13. frafi

    frafi Full Member

    Occupation:
    typesetter
    Location:
    Germany
    Hi pstnpstn,

    how long do you play with them already?
    Wilhelm Hill does not give me the bonus anymore because I am "playing against the spirit of the bonus"
     
  14. Jul 1, 2005
  15. Casinomeister

    Casinomeister Forum Cheermeister Staff Member

    Occupation:
    Homemaker
    Location:
    Bierland
    Do I play with bonuses? Rarely. I even sometimes sign up at a casino and don't even bother with the sign up bonus.

    The only bonuses I receive regularly are the ones from Vegas Partners, 32Red, and Intercasino. I never keep track of the wagering requirements because the bonus is inconsequential to me. I fly by the seat of my pants, and rarely have the cash-in reversed to my account because I haven't played enough. It's strictly entertainment for me.
     
  16. Jul 1, 2005
  17. pstnpstn

    pstnpstn Dormant account

    Occupation:
    computer
    Location:
    Seoul
    hi frafi
    my first deposit at william was last november.

    this is my neteller statement about william hill.
    as you see I am bonus oriented player.
    but they do not ban me by this time.
    in May i got the lucky and won $300 over.
    so made withdrawal only a part($190).
    I did not play if bonus was cleared.


    Jul 1 00:52 William Hill Sports $50.00 - USD Accepted
    Jun 7 22:08 William Hill Sports - $120.00 USD Accepted
    May 5 22:05 William Hill Sports - $190.00 USD Accepted
    May 2 20:12 William Hill Sports $100.00 - USD Accepted
    Apr 27 22:24 William Hill Sports - $61.00 USD Accepted
    Apr 25 00:17 William Hill Sports $60.00 - USD Accepted
    Jan 12 22:03 William Hill Sports - $50.00 USD Accepted
    Jan 12 11:10 William Hill Sports $40.00 - USD Accepted
    Nov 18 22:10 William Hill Sports - $45.00 USD Accepted
    Nov 16 21:23 William Hill Sports $40.00 - USD Accepted
     
  18. Jul 1, 2005
  19. KasinoKing

    KasinoKing WebMeister & Slotaholic.. CAG MM PABnonaccred webmeister

    Occupation:
    House-Husband and Casino Advisor
    Location:
    Bexhill on sea, England
    I (almost) never deposit without a bonus.
    I make profit 9 out of every 10 months.
    I strongly believe those 2 facts are very closely related... :rolleyes:
     
  20. Jul 1, 2005
  21. Webzcas

    Webzcas Winter is Coming! Staff Member

    Occupation:
    Webmaster
    Location:
    Block S25, South Stand, Ashton Gate, BS3
    Bonuses are good when evaluating new casinos that I come across or have never played at before. But if I want to try and make a few bucks, I don't touch them if I can help it.
     
  22. Jul 1, 2005
  23. Simmo!

    Simmo! Moderator Staff Member

    Occupation:
    Web Dev.
    Location:
    England
    I agree with Paul, the Meister and Webzcas. But essentially i always look on a bonus as there to be wasted. And sometime its fun to have a few "outsized" bets...you never know. Easy come, easy go!
     
  24. Jul 1, 2005
  25. dominique

    dominique Dormant account

    Occupation:
    webmistress
    Location:
    The Boonies
    I dislike bonuses. They just cramp my style. I don't like to be told what to play, how long to play it and when I can withdraw. It ruins all the fun.

    I also have won and in the course of meeting a wagering requirement lost my winnings. What good is that?

    I do not use bonuses and if they are automatically put in my account I ask to have them removed.

    One exception: I accept RTG manager bonuses.
     
  26. Jul 1, 2005
  27. Scorcho

    Scorcho Full Member

    Location:
    Portland
    I like the new signup 300% or 400% slot bonuses. THis allows me to turn my $50 deposit into $200 or $250 right off the bat. Then instead of betting $.45 or $.90 per spin, I can bet $2.70 or $3.60 or even $4.50 and see what happens.

    I've cashed over $3500 on 6 of the 300%/400% bonuses. All with really low risk ($50 here, $50 there, big deal).
     
  28. Jul 2, 2005
  29. pstnpstn

    pstnpstn Dormant account

    Occupation:
    computer
    Location:
    Seoul
    hi scorcho
    i think it is worth to try if casino offer 300% or 400% promotion.
    what's name of casino you played ?
     
  30. Jul 2, 2005
  31. vedat

    vedat Dormant account

    Location:
    TURKEY
    if you know to play with bonuses

    its really very good if you know to play bonuses its lik casinos give you 50$ bonus makes a wagering requiremnst of 20x iits like %5 payout avarage so at the end you should lose your bonus and deposit but it doesnt end like that sometimes when you win you win more you win less thats why i use bonuses but i dont play at casinos who say you cant play this game .just play on which doesnt counts some games for wagering
     
  32. Jul 2, 2005
  33. Tdoggy

    Tdoggy Experienced Member

    Occupation:
    DRIVER
    Location:
    USA
    The famous bonus

    Well they started out great. Hell when it all started out I remember several casinos that gave you a bonus without any T and C :D You could make a deposit and get a bonus and cash out right there and then and get paid!!! But what fun is that right? Yeah I have cut back on online casinos because of being screwed but if I were to play "throw me a freaking bonus" I'll take my chances with that rather then my own money!!!! :lolup:

    Question for all you none bonus users??? Why even bother with an online casino then??? Why not just go to a real land casino "where the drinks are free" and get out and have a good time and try your luck there??? :confused: :D
     
  34. Jul 2, 2005
  35. tim5ny

    tim5ny Quit Gambling

    Because the land casinos are a three hour drive away.
     
  36. Jul 2, 2005
  37. MrWolf

    MrWolf Senior Member

    Occupation:
    Journalist
    Location:
    London

    I remember the early days too Tdoggy. I made tens of thousands playing blackjack with bonuses. In the good old days play through was really low - two, three, four or five times deposit and bonus.

    But with the increased play through and gaming restrictions, I tend to play mainly without a bonus. I'll visit Intercasino, William Hill, Littlewoods, Total Bet and UK Betting only with a bonus to play blackjack.

    These days my game of choice is Jacks or Better VP. So I'll also take up the monthly bonus at 32Red (where VP isn't a restricted game), but I deposit multipe times here per month regardless without a bonus. Same goes for Trident Lounge group, Bellerock casinos, Sun Vegas (where I've asked not to receive deposit bonuses because it's a 40 times play through on JorB for a 5% credit card bonus!) and occasionally Wildjacks.

    As for going to a land-based casino. I live in England, and to be frank the casinos don't quite have the glamour and atmosphere of Vegas! There's no free alcoholic drinks at the tables, and I've only ever seen one JorB machine which had a ridiculous 6/5 pay schedule - talk about daylight robbery, and there was someone actually playing it! I'll go every couple of months or so, but it just ain't Vegas, where I tend to visit a couple of times a year.
     
  38. Jul 2, 2005
  39. mitch

    mitch Dormant account

    Occupation:
    Secret
    Location:
    UK
    Not closely related KK EXACTLY related.

    I only play at casinos which give me bonuses. I can't understand why people refuse to play with the advantage and prefer to play whilst the casino has the advantage.

    The only 'fun' for me in gambling is winning money not clicking away against a random number generator and losing my hard earned money.

    Still possible to earn 2000+ a month playing cleverly. (eg won 360 out of a 400 match bonus @ Ladbrokes in 15 minutes this morning. Probably play for the weekly 100 bonus @ Harrods later.)

    Mitch
     

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