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Bonus--Yes or No

Discussion in 'Online Casinos' started by weplant, Apr 2, 2010.

    Apr 2, 2010
  1. weplant

    weplant Meister Member

    Occupation:
    own nursery
    Location:
    napa, ca
    Hi.. I am pretty new to this on line gambling. Probobly not a good thing..Anyway, I was wondering what your opinions are on the bonuses offered. Take them or not?? I keep depositing $100.00 and then take a 100% or 200% match. Maybe not such a good idea...I find that I may play for a while but as soon as my wagering requirement is met I lose 'my' money in 10 minutes. Is it just my imagination or do they keep you going and once you meet your requirements they is no way you are going to withdrawl..I would like to know what the seasoned gamblers do. Accept or decline bonus offers. I play the slots.. thanks, debbie
     
  2. Apr 2, 2010
  3. GGW Laurie

    GGW Laurie Dormant account

    Occupation:
    Self Employed
    Location:
    In the Beautiful South !!
    It is rare that i take a bonus, except for the ND kind, i like the fact of no WR and no Max Cashouts when i play on my own money, now if you want longer play time, bonuses are good sometimes, it just depends on the wagering thats involved and if there is a max cap on it, everyone plays different starting out so try both options and make your own mind up which one suits you best as a player:)


    Laurie
     
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  4. Apr 2, 2010
  5. KasinoKing

    KasinoKing WebMeister & Slotaholic.. CAG MM PABnonaccred webmeister

    Occupation:
    House-Husband and Casino Advisor
    Location:
    Bexhill on sea, England
    I nearly always take a bonus with every deposit I make.

    I'm a little confused about the bit I bolded there though - If you've met the WR, why don't you cash out? :confused:
    The house edge is always against you - so the longer you go on playing the more likely you are to lose any money you have left in your account.
    I always cash out if I make WR with a profit - then I can use the cash to claim another bonus! ;)

    However, not all bonuses are worth taking - far too many casinos these days put ludicrous wagering requirements and other limits on their offers which basically make them into "player traps" - you have virtually 0% chance of ever meeting the WR and cashing out anything at all... :(
    You need to "shop around" to find the really good offers - they are out there if you look in enough places!

    KK
     
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  6. Apr 2, 2010
  7. weplant

    weplant Meister Member

    Occupation:
    own nursery
    Location:
    napa, ca
    What would you consider a good offer?? Most seem to be 20X's all the way up to 40x's..I am in the USA, any suggestions for a good casino for slots. I just downloaded English Harbour. They are offering 100% at 20x's...Thanks
     
  8. Apr 2, 2010
  9. coxwel

    coxwel Senior Member PABnononaccred MM

    Occupation:
    student
    Location:
    germany
    kk already explained it best way :cool:

    same for me, i take a bonus on 90% of my deposits as i like the challenge, or how you wanna call it;).

    mostly if i play without any bonus and win i wanna cashout as i dont wanna bust out after iam up ;-) so with an attached wr its good for me sometimes as iam forced to play further and hit bigger smt as without the wr i would have cashed out before. also if i can make a wr on a bonus i cash out immediatly. i would never reverse withdrawals!

    i had many cashouts always with bonusses involved and like kk said, you have to go shopping for the good offers. if a bonus offer seems to be bogusoffer i would never take it.


    as i only play slots online it often make sense to take a bonus and there are some places where you always have a fair chance of making a profit.


    always do the maths on a bonus if its worth it or not.



    cheers

    coxwel
     
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  10. Apr 2, 2010
  11. Shyguy

    Shyguy Dormant account

    Occupation:
    Webmaster
    Location:
    Earth...unfortunately.
    The majority are 20+ but you can find some that are as low as 5 if you look in the right places. 15x can be found at numerous US casinos too, usually only up to a max of $200.

    I always believe that if the landbased casinos do not offer those type of bonuses when you go there, then taking a bonus from an online casino will carry a certain amount of risk with it.

    Those looking for long(ish) term gambling fixes love the bonuses but I prefer a quick in and out. (No inuendos please :rolleyes:)
     
  12. Apr 3, 2010
  13. KasinoKing

    KasinoKing WebMeister & Slotaholic.. CAG MM PABnonaccred webmeister

    Occupation:
    House-Husband and Casino Advisor
    Location:
    Bexhill on sea, England
    Personally (D+B)x20 is the maximum I would take if it's a cashable bonus of 100% or more.

    If it's a Phantom Bonus (bonus removed from your account when you cash-out) I would want the WR to be a lot lower. The big % phantoms appeal to some players for longer play time, or if you want to "high roll" and hope to hit a HUGE win which could make the bonus profitable.
    I very rarely take any Phantom bonuses myself.

    As for casinos, well you're pretty limited in the USA; Vegas Tech (which is what English Harbour use), Rival or RTG - but as I said before, you need to look for the best value bonuses and may have to open lots of new accounts to take advantage of welcome bonuses which are generally more generous than follow-on bonuses.
    At my last count I had signed-up to 192 different casinos... :eek2:

    KK
     
  14. Apr 3, 2010
  15. weplant

    weplant Meister Member

    Occupation:
    own nursery
    Location:
    napa, ca
    Thanks again for all the advice. I can certainly use it. I have downloaded 8 casinos and today I downloaded English Harbour. I was very fortunate when I first started and played at Aladdins Gold. I did their welcome bonus.. I deposited 100.00 and I think they matched it with either 100% or 200%..I had to wager $6,000.00 to meet my requirement. Well I could not beleive it but I hit $5600.00 on Realm of Riches..So I played for 2 days and still had $5000.00 I could of withdrawn...However, with all the delays with paperwork, etc., I kept reversing the withdraw and spend over $2,000.00 of my winnings...Do you think I will learn??? probobly not....have a great day...
     
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  16. Apr 3, 2010
  17. Lucky Loser

    Lucky Loser Senior Member

    Occupation:
    Professional paper pusher.
    Location:
    Near Cronulla Beach
    I think the best bonuses out there are the Microgaming ones such as those offered by Spin Palace or Ruby Fortune casino.

    They regularly have 50% and 100% cash back promos if you lose. So you try and win with your own money with no withdrawal requirements whatsoever. If you lose you claim the bonus and try and win with their money which has a 30x playthrough requirement. These bonuses are also good for the big slot progressives.

    If you win first up your not entitled to claim the bonus but who cares because you have already won.

    They normally offer this a couple of times a week with a minimum deposit of $50. 3dice also has good bonus offers with 5x playthrough but they are not as regular and are capped at much lower $ amounts.
     
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  18. Apr 3, 2010
  19. breakstone

    breakstone Experienced Member PABnonaccred PABnoaccred

    Occupation:
    Sales
    Location:
    Australia
    Dont take bonuses unless you are relly desperate. The playthroughs are unrealistic. I have never withdrawn when I took a bonus. When you dont take a bonus you are free to withdraw at any time. Nothing worse than hitting a fair sized payout and realising that you still have a long way to go on a playthrough.
    :D:D:D:D:D:D
     
  20. Apr 3, 2010
  21. XOXOXOXOXOX

    XOXOXOXOXOX Let em spin... PABaccred

    Occupation:
    Software developer
    Location:
    O Canada!
    Well, can some one post here or PM me casinos that still offer decent bonuses?

    I used to have more luck with RTG but lately they are really bad. Only inet still offers X20 (B+D) matching bonus. Jackpot capital usially sends me 50% with x30(B+D) offers - no thanks - and CWCs 60% with 25(B+D). :rolleyes::rolleyes:
    I am in canada so i cant play Rivals, WW and EH. All others are ok i think. ty
     
  22. Apr 3, 2010
  23. Jasminebed

    Jasminebed Closer to 100 than Birth

    Occupation:
    Not in workforce
    Location:
    Ontario
    It is always really important to read the terms and conditions of any bonus you take. A single hand of Blackjack or Video Poker can void a big slot win, depending on the bonus.

    The time to ask questions is before you deposit. Use either livechat or email so you have a record. Not a bad idea to take a screenshot of the bonus terms either.

    It's important to understand if the bonus is cashable, if it has a max payout (if it does, I won't take it, except for free chips) and if the playthrough is deposit plus bonus or just x the bonus.

    It is also important to see if there are restrictions on betsize. This one can especially catch you out if you get lucky and raise your bet trying to meet WR.
     
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  24. Apr 3, 2010
  25. KasinoKing

    KasinoKing WebMeister & Slotaholic.. CAG MM PABnonaccred webmeister

    Occupation:
    House-Husband and Casino Advisor
    Location:
    Bexhill on sea, England
    That's interesting! I didn't know they did that.
    I used to play a lot at Ruby F & Spin P but stopped when they stopped giving me 50% - 100% up-front monthly bonuses. But these "cash-back" bonuses sound almost as good.
    Are you a VIP or something - or can everyone get these cash-back bonuses do you know?

    Doesn't help weplant of course, since she is in the USA and can't join any MG casinos... :(

    Well it depends on what you call decent... I list over 180 casinos on my KK site sorted by software and in most cases, by best value of their welcome bonuses. I can't list out all the details here because it's vast!
    Ladbrokes is the best casino - but I'm not sure if people outside the UK can get all their daily, weekly & monthly bonuses...?

    Have you ever tried Grand Virtual casinos?
    I call it "Marmite software" - you'll either totally love it or totally hate it! (That might be just a UK expression!)
    If you're getting fed up with RTG slots they will certainly give you something different... something VERY different! ;)

    KK
     
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  26. Apr 3, 2010
  27. Dangerous53

    Dangerous53 Experienced Member

    Occupation:
    retired
    Location:
    In the wind
    I play at SpinPalace all the time and didn't know about this either. I'll have to try this next time, as I already won and cashed out. :D
     
  28. Apr 3, 2010
  29. coxwel

    coxwel Senior Member PABnononaccred MM

    Occupation:
    student
    Location:
    germany
    i think what he meant with these cashback bonusses is the following.

    on some mgs where you have to claim the bonus manually of a claim page you can first play your deposit only. means if you win you can always cash out and after your balance is zero again, you can go claim the bonus as 2nd chance, whatever.


    the best bonusses on mg offers ladbrokes imho. also some mgs allow to withdraw anytime forfeiting the bonus.



    cheers

    coxwel
     
  30. Apr 3, 2010
  31. Lucky Loser

    Lucky Loser Senior Member

    Occupation:
    Professional paper pusher.
    Location:
    Near Cronulla Beach
    Okay for example I deposited $300 all up (6 x 50) at Spin Palace the other day with no bonus and lost the lot. I then filled out a claim form to get a 100% bonus equal to all my deposits during the last 24 hours ($300).

    I am a VIP at Spin Palace but don't bet that much there so its probably not too hard to get such status. Spin Palace and Ruby Fortune make these offers to me all the time. Jackpot City also gave me a similar 50% offer recently and that was over a week instead of 24 hours. In that instance I deposited and lost $600 over the course of the week and got a $300 bonus with 30X playthrough at the end. Again I needed to fill out a claim form which is very easy to do.

    I just don't see how you can do better than these bonuses. You try and win with your own money which has no withdrawal restrictions attached. If you lose you get a second chance to play with the casino's money and hope you meet the playthrough to cash out.
     
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  32. Apr 3, 2010
  33. Vegasbum

    Vegasbum Senior Member

    Occupation:
    Teacher
    Location:
    Ontario
    Lucky, is there anything on Spin Palace web page that talks about this 100% bonus? I can't find anything or see any claim forms
     
  34. Apr 3, 2010
  35. Lucky Loser

    Lucky Loser Senior Member

    Occupation:
    Professional paper pusher.
    Location:
    Near Cronulla Beach
    Offers normally come by email and are not listed on their website. Like this one.
     
  36. Apr 4, 2010
  37. coxwel

    coxwel Senior Member PABnononaccred MM

    Occupation:
    student
    Location:
    germany
    even had a happy easter card with this offer in my mail today.
    as its for whole of april and for 3 deposits its a real good offer.

    and iam sure its available for everyone, i made 1 deposit ever on spinpalace and it was 20€ so :D


    cheers

    coxwel
     

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