Question Do you play with signup bonuses?

Do you play with signup bonuses?

  • Yes, regularly.

    Votes: 167 40.6%
  • More often than not

    Votes: 60 14.6%
  • ------------- About 50/50 --------------

    Votes: 53 12.9%
  • Very occassionally

    Votes: 49 11.9%
  • Pretty much never

    Votes: 76 18.5%
  • No opinion ... I just wanna see the poll results

    Votes: 6 1.5%

  • Total voters
    411
  • Poll closed .

Simmo!

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A quick poll to accompany this discussion, just to see where opinion is these days :)

For the sake of argument, assume this for signup bonuses that have to be credited before you start wagering.
 

chayton

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I usually will take signup bonuses at MG casinos, normally just because it's often credited automatically. If it is, I don't bother asking to have it removed, I just play it. :)
 

dunover

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I voted yes simply because I exclusively play at accredited or their associated sites, which tend to have reasonable WR's.
I have seen some offers that I wouldn't touch though.

It's also worth mentioning that we assume that the terms have been read before taking the SUBs and there are no restrictive cahsout limits on the winnings.
 

KasinoKing

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I had to vote "Yes, regularly" because there was not a "Yes, always" option.

I always take the sign-up bonus at every new casino I play; If a casino's welcome bonus is rubbish, I don't play there at all.

KK
 

ChillBill

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I voted "Very occasionally" because most times I drop $200+
Can't see the point of taking a bonus, which limits not only when I can withdrawal but also my game play too.

If a bonus is credited automatically, I contact support (live chat or phone) and have it removed before commencing play. On the times when it's a nightmare to have the bonus removed, I play it. If I win great, if not I unistall the casino, because imo a player shouldn't jump hoops to have a bonuses removed. I beleive the practical option of depositing then asking if a player wants a bonus or not is the right thing to do. Just assuming a player will accept it, is wrong.
 

dionysus

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'more often than not'

Taking the dep bonus also allows me to get a feel for support, since I verify the Tc and Cs of the promo with live chat.
These days, my budget isn't as limited, so I've the recent luxury of playing straight up deposits and not as concerned with the play-time. Hard to say, almsot 50/50, but more I'd guess. I like the few 100% bonuses, but mostly just chuck the straight 100 in now after the sub
 

nisosbar

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Sign up bonuses are generally designed to show the casino in the best light, and thus, the wager requirements are pretty low as well as other restrictions being reduced or eliminated, such as max cashouts or bet-size limitations. So I will generally take those even though I, again, generally don't play with regular bonuses which have far more restrictions.
 

bsilva028

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i agree with kk here.

if i signup to a new casino is to take the signup bonus, if not, id ont signup
 

Casinomeister

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I chose never. I never take bonuses since I don't like to having my money being locked into some wagering requirement. I'm known for kamikaze betting and would probably be bonus banned if I ever took them. :p
 

Simmo!

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The results have surprised me a bit to be honest. I see bonuses as a hurdle but clearly 2/3rds of players still see them as profitable, despite today's WR.
 

gagamel

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I chose never. I never take bonuses since I don't like to having my money being locked into some wagering requirement. I'm known for kamikaze betting and would probably be bonus banned if I ever took them. :p

If I play with bonus my game is different. I play a lot of BJ and if the cards are with me I bet very high, also with Baccarat. My highest bet online was 1500 Euros, with two sucsessfull bets I made 3000 in seconds. With a bonus I can`t play this style. There are to many restrictions. You really have to look to a casino with no bonus restrictions. I found one, and I`m happy with it. Of course I pay more in than I paid out. But it`s nice to see that there are Casinos around without restrictions.
 

Googobucs

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I will take the bonus if I can cash out after the US player tax (fees) is applied and I will have any kind of positive balance.
 
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Simmo!

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Rick/Betat - I put those last 3 posts into moderation...can't really allow that or we'll have a promo-fest :) Sorry.
 

Jasminebed

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I almost exclusively play slots, and max bet restrictions don't pose a problem for me as I don't bet all that large most times. So I voted yes.
 

Joolie

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reply to poll

I play with them , but they are useless, as far as ever making any money from them. They are just to introduce new sites.
 

rockycatt

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It says I voted ,Voters: 85. You have already voted on this poll, I must have voted yes because I like to get a fel of the casino/software /etc
 

weesie

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I said never.

Most likely the main reason is I think I have signed up at just about every casino out there (for USA players anyway) Therefore, there are no "sign-up" bonuses left.....haha

I just don't like the wagering attached to any of them.

I do take the occasional freebie just to see if I can make wagering. Almost never happens but fun trying!
 

vinylweatherman

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The results have surprised me a bit to be honest. I see bonuses as a hurdle but clearly 2/3rds of players still see them as profitable, despite today's WR.


I play them as it is what is expected. I do not play them because I believe they are profitable. In fact, I try NOT to play too well with the SUB as this can give the first impression to the casino that I am just going to milk the SUB and then bugger off. It would mean I never get to see what is on offer beyond the SUB, which is far more important when deciding which 10Gig casinos get to live on my PC, and which don't. If casinos throw everything at the SUB, and then take loyalty for granted after that, it's the trigger that gets them uninstalled from my PC.

I have seen that most arguments about "bonus abuse" are over the SUB, where the terms are also more restrictive than for ongoing offers. Take 32Red and the 6.25 max bet, it only applies for the SUB, not once you have shown loyalty and are offered ongoing boni.
 

dunover

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I find the SUBs more practical at MG sites. I always take them and find that about 50% of the time I can meet WR. If you are trying to get the features activated on TSII and IR TFROL etc. they can be useful to grind through on low stakes. As VWM said it's also what comes after. You often find that the SUB is the last time you'll see anything over 30-50% bonus-wise on most MG sites.
 

dreamguardian1

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It depends on the casino as well as terms and conditions. If there is a higher percentage chance of me cashing out with winnings over deposit with bonus I will. However, I make sure to have my scientific calculator next to me to compute it, also depends on the amount of joining bonus as well as continued bonuses and what they consist of as well as what is playthrough amount. I very rarely use bonuses due to high playthrough amounts.
 

gagamel

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I tried all sorts of bonuses and I have to say: NO
Never again I play with a bonus. You have more money for sure but you make higher bets.
Above all it changed my playstyle. And with this change I lost more. I quit with bonuses and now I`m lucky again.

Cheers:D
 
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