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My experience at Phoenician Casino...

Discussion in 'Online Casino and Poker Complaints - old section' started by johnsteed, Dec 11, 2005.

    Dec 11, 2005
  1. johnsteed

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    I'll look like the biggest loser today, having posted a Winner Screenshot at Phoenician just yesterday. :oops: I'm not looking for sympathy, because I should have known better (from prior experiences), so ultimately it's my fault for consistently investing into a casino that keeps spanking-me-around. But for me, this week has been very telling about my episodes at Phoenician, and frankly, I just REALLY want to vent about this place.


    Earlier this week (at Phoenician), I went through a + 3 hour session without hitting the Free Spin feature on Tomb Raider & Mermaids Millions. That's far from normal in my eyes... although Vinylweatherman responded with a solid post stating that it's not that rare (wherein I assumed I didn't hit the Free Spin feature for both games [each] after approximately 1,200 spins [or 2,400 spins combined]). It's far off my worst-case-scenario target for Tomb Raider (in my experience) at about 550-600 spins. No biggie, just doubled my projections. I was not a happy camper after that session, but I moved on. :cool:


    Today, I deposited again (earlier this morning... South Korean time), and AGAIN I had similar results, although at first not that ridiculously bad. The BJ was awful, the VP wasn't much better, and again, the slots were formidable. So after losing all of my deposit, I took it upon myself to talk to one of their online reps, and I coaxed her into crediting me with a bonus. :D Awesome but...


    I just wasted a good 7 hours playing off of a bonus given to me yesterday (and I use wasted because I don't believe I was ever going to see a cent of it). I was informed (and I made sure by asking twice) that the playthrough on the bonus was times 20 (on a $150 bonus). I didn't really care about that (having to reach $3,000), I just wanted to know that if I were up, that after playing for a while (like 3-4 hours in my guestimate), I could withdraw IF I was ahead. The only goal I'm generally fixated on these days is being able to reach $300 (everything else is gravy).


    After being fortunate enough to land a miraculous Straight Flush and an influx of Full Houses (and fortunate enough to hear the Casinomeister's new webcast more than 10 times on repeat), that was the end of that. I logged-in to inform them about posting my Winner Screenshot, and again, I guess that was the end of that. I should have kept quiet in retrospect. :rolleyes:


    All the winning stopped. Halt!!! (this was more of what I was used to seeing, actually) I always alternate between games, and it's as if the bottom dropped out from under me. This is always the case at Phoenician. It plays much differently than pretty much all of the other MG casinos (in my eyes). I went from $330, playing a tight game (I was making low bets and switching games), to losing $230 in a couple of hours. That'll happen when you don't hit any free spin features for 4 hours (again Tomb Raider & Mermaids Millions), you don't line-up any slot icons for any decent amount of money, you no longer get anything above a straight or a flush at VP (4-of-a-kinds died altogether, AND full houses). Sure this is normal, because that's gambling. But not from my own experience, it shouldn't (not each game played) run that cold for that long.


    End of that, I was down to my last $100 and could see that the software WASN'T going to let me win anything back. Why continue, so I decided to pull-out with what I had left. :(


    I was denied an instant withdrawal. :(


    Well, somewhere (upon reviewing my account information) along the way, the online rep. (another online rep.) now stated that I had to playthrough $20,000 (that's right!!!). Suddenly the 20 times playthrough on a $150 bonus chip (making it $3,000 in playthrough requirements) had become $20,000. WHAT?!! :what:


    He told me that I had played-through over $9,000 up to that point. I lost the remaing $100, just as I knew I would, just like the other $230 was swiftly purged through there system. It's all so tidy isn't it.


    Today, I went back to ask them how they came up with the $20,000, and another online rep. looked into the matter. She then said that they had made a mistake, that I had to playthrough 20 times the bonus and deposit (suddenly the deposit comes into the picture... fine). So, that's basically $300 times 20, making it $6,000. Right? Well, I mentioned to her that yesterdays online rep. had informed me that I had already played-through over $9,000. She said he made a mistake, and that I had only played-through $5,231. Okay. But then she claims that would still have had to playthrough an additional $4,768 anyways. Huh? I'm confused too.


    I was constantly peppered with the oh-so-wonderful...


    - "I'm sorry that you feel that way sir". (automated response)


    Has anyone in the history of mankind EVER enjoyed hearing those words? It's like someone saying sorry while hiding behind a brick wall (while pebbles are being thrown-at-you).

    Sure, no problem! :thumbsup: It's only money, no big deal.


    I'm seething at the moment :mad: because (recap):


    - Phoenician is mysteriously MUCH colder than the other MG casinos I play at.

    - A online rep. told me that I had to only playthrough the free $150 chip 20 times, to which, became $20,000, to what later became over $10,000 (with a "We're sorry" tee-hee apology).

    - How does a 20 times playthrough suddenly go from $6,000 ($3,000 originally, but I have no problem if they're going to attach the deposit AND bonus to it), to even the $10,000 they decided on in the end?

    - Where do they get their figures? I was told yesterday that I had wagered over $9,000 up to that point, to which today, I'm told that I had "only" wagered $5,231.

    - Automated responses on the randomness of their software (because in almost 5-years of playing online, SURELY I've not seen this already). It's times like that, where I start missing 32Red online reps. Why? They're far more humane about it.

    - Because I was pleased that there software was ACTUALLY allowing me to win a little, AND I posted a Winner Screenshot here. After I pointed this out to them, everything froze... (mysterious indeed) I regret promoting them in that light, because it's FAR from the experience that I've had there.




    I closed down my account there, and for good. I think it's an insult that they're allowed to use MG software. Today, they remind me of the days they used to be an RTG unit. I'm sure many of you will disagree, and that's fine. I just needed to get this off my chest.


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  2. Dec 11, 2005
  3. vinylweatherman

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    MG "Lockdown"

    Looks like your account went into MG "Lockdown". I have experienced this before, and I am sure it is due to the way the RNG output converts to game results. MG casinos always seem very streaky in the way they play, this goes both ways, but I must admit I too have found MG casinos in general seem more often cold than hot. I have not had a decent length "Hot" streak for ages, but a number of mid length "Cold" spells have come along. Slots have been particularly dead this last couple of weeks - I have noticed getting Jacks or Better on VP and being unable to better it on any of the 4 hands in the Power Poker. Being dealt 3OK seems rarer, so less instances of 4OK, and 2 pair keeps missing FH on all 4 lines.
    When I joined Phoenician, my REAL account had a 3 WEEK "Lockdown" before I had some decent runs, it was rescued by good play in the then bonus account though.
    The WR for this group are indeed very high, and you will be lucky to see any of the bonuses, especially the small ones.
    Rather than give up though, keep the account live for the free Blackjack tournament. The prizes are substantial, and do now at least end up somewhere useful (Real account). To enter the BJ, but not allow the casino too much action, just have one or two 1c spins on Double Magic, City of Gold etc for 5 separate days. When you get the mailer to say you have qualified you can remove the casino till the tournament. If you had qualified for the one this week that was cancelled this is carried, and you need not play any more in December.
    In terms of bonuses, there are better MG offers around. Abolition of the bonus account is an improvement, but they need to adjust WR to be more relaxed for Slots players, although keeping the 60x for BJ. I see no need for this 60x to be on ALL "Table" games, it is only BJ that is an issue in terms of Bonus abuse, although they actually permit the Red & Black wagering on Roulette at 60x WR (you are better off with 50c Atlantic City BJ though). You can also run the VP on a 1c coin on the 4-Hand versions as well as the 50 and 100 hand versions, this gives rapid wagering, and less volatile. Carnaval on 9c a spin is good for working off at 20x, as is 5 reel drive at 9c a spin. The feature slots are more volatile, especially if you go hundreds of spins without a bonus round (far too frequent recently).
    I have made a note to look at payout stats to see if it is possible to see a dip this month, and whether Phoenician has a worse payout than its peers (of interest to me as I have an account there too!)
    Casino Action are a little "creative" when it comes to explaining some of their features. They will not publish the rates of Comp Points (I have done this for them:D - for the tournament games as it's easy to work out). The Wheel of Cash - not entirely random as far as I am concerned, seems to have a secret "cap" and if you deposit and lose enough this "cap" releases and a considerable number of wheels come quickly. I do not believe a variation between NONE in 6 weeks to 8 in a day repeated on several occasions where I happen to have lost is the result of a purely random process of "selecting players at random every half hour who have been playing"
     
  4. Dec 11, 2005
  5. johnsteed

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    Me


    Sorry, I started (writing) this thread late last night, and I thought I should sleep on it. I'm was dead tired (out of frustration no doubt). It should read:


    Yesterday, I deposited again (early yesterday morning... South Korea time), and AGAIN...



    Hi vinylweatherman,


    In regards to what you just said vinylweatherman, I concur with what you're saying about the "Lockdown" part (or how about "Instant Purge"?). If that is true (as I believe it is for a select few MG casinos, especially in regards to Phoenician), I'm not so sure that it applies to all MG casinos. Or perhaps it's that not all of them elect to do so (IF they could alter the game). Whenever I play at a VPL casino, Capital Casino, and a host of others, I do feel that they are letting the games play randomly. And it's not just about winning or losing, I've won at times (like once at Phoenician) off of key big hands (that payed-off) at casinos I didn't feel were playing randomly. At the same time, I've lost and felt as though I at least had the opportunity to win (or that it felt as though it was random).


    Sidenote: Forum member tombomb made a list a few weeks back about what casinos showed the worst return, and that list is almost identical to mine.


    Just on the notion that Phoenician can alter the gameplay (your theory as well as mine), I won't buy-in anymore. If they are truly only going to let the game play random (let's say...) 1-in-5 times (on 5 seperate deposits), that's enough to keep me away.


    The question looming is "Why do I even play if I don't feel that the game is random?". And my answer to that is that I DO feel that (again) there are a number of MG casinos that do let their games play randomly. I have no hard evidence, and it's all personal feelings and a matter of opinion, but that's all I got, and I have to trust my instincts on this one.


    This may sound crazy, but I noticed that a number of times (on the casinos which routinely seem to play tighter) when and IF the player is winning a lot, it's best to keep playing (or cash-out) prior to to logging-off or going to the washroom (lol) and letting the session time-out. Whenever I've gone back (log in), that seems to be the end of that, and ALL games run cold. Prime example, I spent too much time posting my Winner Screenshot yesterday, thus I timed-out. Again, no proof, just theory.


    Another note about the games going cold, they'll ALL go cold. You don't just roll down a hill, with small bumps (or something to occasionally to reach and grab onto), you fall off a cliff (no stops). If I could have recorded the audio last night, all you would have heard was the game spinning (and after an hour of that, my cursing :oops: ). Darn Treasure Chests (Mermaids Millions) and Aztec Statues (Tomb Raider) kept blocking everything from lining-up on each spin (it all looked good from the right-to-the-middle, but it doesn't pay that way :( ).


    And I generally alternate between games, from VP (occasionally BJ... but I don't care for online BJ these days unless it's live), back to slots, and back again, ect... But while I was winning, things were pretty level for some time. When the "cold streak" started, I couldn't even get make up any ground. I play VP and pull-out IF I lose $10 from the point of which I started, or IF I'm up by $10, and try my luck at slots for a relatively small number of spins. During that streak, not once did I ever get up again on the VP (just a lousy $10 bucks... yeeessshh).



    vinylweatherman





    I had one decent run (yesterday for 1-hour) since joining, and I had one monster hit (5 scatters on Tomb Raider). Considering the amount of deposits I've made there over the past 3 months, that's pathetic. :confused:


    Again, all casinos will run cold at various times, but just not as cold as I've seen Phoenician get. :rolleyes:


    cont...


    Yes, agreed. I generally find (not always mind you) that the most important factor about playing with bonuses aren't JUST about meeting the wagering requirements and T&C's, but that gameplay can be awfully tight with bonuses (again, theory, no concrete proof).


    For instance, I took Royal Vegas up on their "100 free spins" offer 3 months back (which is a horseshit title for that promo, because it's $100 in free credits, and you can skim-off the winnings after your session). I had incredible luck, managing to skim-off $900!!! Awesome, but then I had to transfer that over to my real account and playthrough (I should have settled-on $100 in retrospect) for a massive amount. While certainly not as cold as Phoenician, nothing was hitting in my real account after the transfer. It was an exhausting purge. You'd think that having $900 is enough to get you over any wagering requirement hump, but it ain't if can't get a few big hits along the way. It just seems like it was a GIANT tease set-up, to make me feel as though I could win big here... but it felt like it was never going to happen. :(


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  6. Dec 11, 2005
  7. Slotmachine

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    Rigged!:D

    The conspiracy theorists are at it again!

    So you had a losing streak. Happens a lot when you play a random game, especially with slots. But then...you had 5 scatters on Tomb Raider!?!:eek: I've never had 3! Honestly, I did not know Tomb Raider had a free spins feature, I've never hit it:( ...and Phoenician gave you a bonus just because you were unlucky? That's exceptionally nice of them I would think.

    Look, if you play slots, you gotta be prepared for the most amazing unlucky streaks. That's just the way it is. You'll hit something eventually, but with slots, the most important thing is not to count on it happening in the near future. Look at it this way: Deposit only what you can afford to lose each month, and you'll probably have a nice run every 6 months or so, which will nearly cover your losses for the past months.

    MG Lockdown? Oh, please....you need to get out more.

    Cheers,
    SM
     
  8. Dec 11, 2005
  9. johnsteed

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    Yes, well...

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    Slotmachine

    .



    Advice taken, will do. :D





    Yes, you're right slotmachine. Can't always win. There's not always a win waiting around the corner.





    Yes.






    Yes, the bonus was nice of them. :) I guess I was too caught-up in the whole $20,000 playthrough requirement, which later became just over $10,000. I suppose they were giving me a realistic and wonderful opportunity at winning some money. I guess I was being overly negative when I started this thread.





    I can accept being called a "consipiracy theorist" in this case. I've got no hard evidence, and I guess I'm just being a tad too negative at this point. Having said that slotmachine, I'm perplexed that you would use the term "conspiracy theorists". You're not wrong in doing so (because we are throwing out just that... theories), but it would seem highly hypocritical that I couldn't just turn around and label you with the same tag. You generally go off on how the RNG works, but, how do you have any hard-evidence to back up what you're saying? I understand what you're saying in part, but I'm not a mathematician either.


    Examples of what you've said in other threads recently:



    Reminds me of almost all of my sessions at Phoenician. If it happened once (or just a few times), I wouldn't say boo. But, it keeps happening. I DO have luck online, just at a select group of casinos.






    Well, I felt my session upon receiving the bonus seemed "predetermined". Just a theory though.





    In short, as far as I know, no one that posts here truly knows how the RNG works inside and out. So, all we're left with is theories. While I don't agree with everyone's theories (and I'm not expecting everyone to agree with mine), I do think it's a good thing to share our gaming experiences and put them out there, in case too many posters are sharing the same experience as me. I think I've been fair (historically) in sharing my information on the good casinos (and positive experiences) as well.



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  10. Dec 11, 2005
  11. paul02085

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    Johnsteed, I just want to say i really enjoy your posts. Please keep them coming!
     
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  12. Dec 11, 2005
  13. tim5ny

    tim5ny Quit Gambling

    And I thought it was just me! You hit the nail on the head JohnSteed! EVERYTIME I have gotten substantially ahead after a great session, and shut the casino down and come back later or the next day, EVERYTHING goes negative after that. Every game... every move I make.. slots, VP, anything. The whole casino goes into a "gimme my money back mode". If this happened once, twice, or even five times, I'd say that it was just not in the cards for me to win that day. This has happened everytime, and it sucks.
     
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  14. Dec 11, 2005
  15. tim5ny

    tim5ny Quit Gambling

    Call it what you want to... but the RNG definitely goes into cycles where it significantly decreases the overall payout casino-wide. When it's in that mode, there's not a chance in hell for you on any game. Those cycles can last a long time too. If you play enough, then you'll see that we're not imagining this. I don't believe this is controlled by individual casinos, but something built into the MG program.
     
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  16. Dec 11, 2005
  17. liquidsoap

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    you guys make me laugh, you say it happens once, twice, or even five times.
    Ok so you are telling me you never have a winning session, sure it happens but thats slots, not everyone goes in and expect to win every day like kk, i no i sure dont.
    and you said you played for 4 hours?
    Thats damn good for 150 dollars, i wouldnt be making a negative post about them, i would be praising them.
    You guys shouldnt be making these comments, sure losing happens, but you are telling me it never goes the other way, one day you win the next you keep winning, if you cant take losing either you need to call a ga number or you need to quit before something serouis happens.

    thats my 2 cents
     
  18. Dec 11, 2005
  19. PeggyTez

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    I don't know if it's the whole casino or just based on the person playing. I've found over the few years I've been doing this that if I stay away from a casino awhile, they'll start sending reminder mails. When that happens and you go in, suddenly your luck seems a bit better. Last December I got a "we miss you" bonus from one of the Bellerock casinos and ended up cashing out over $1,000 from it. I purposely try to drop $50 here and there in a casino, but not often. After a few months, hit it one day and cha-ching! Maybe it's just coincidence, maybe it's just luck but that's the way it's been working out for me.
     
  20. Dec 11, 2005
  21. KasinoKing

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    I wish! I definitely don't go in each day expecting to win - that's why I'm a committed low-roller.
    (and many people say I should be committed!!! :D )

    But I really do think JonhSteed & the others do have a point, and I agree there seems to be times that no matter which MG you visit or which games you play, you just ain't gonna have a nice time. :(

    That was one of the reasons I started my 'What MG slot's hot, and what's not' thread - so we could 'compare notes' and see if there was any evidence at all to support this theory...

    At the end of the day it could all just be down to good & bad luck. After all, why would MG NEED to rig their games when they have the guaranteed house edge anyway? One thing's for sure, Microgaming are NEVER going to confirm these 'conspiracy theories'!

    Good luck people - and be careful! :thumbsup:
     
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  22. Dec 12, 2005
  23. johnsteed

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    More quotes...

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    liquidsoap



    Solid advice about having that "GA" number handy. Cheers liquidsoap! :thumbsup:





    Glad it makes you laugh. Now my advice, may I suggest buying a pair of reading glasses. ;) What had been said was:


    me



    tim5ny



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    liquidsoap




    liquidsoap, I said it was 7 hours. :oops: And as far as the praising goes, making 1 run out of the many deposits I've made at Phoenician is not good. I truly was/am wondering if other forum members have had the same luck at this particular casino.

    In all seriousness, that is a lot of playing on just $150. You're right about that liquidsoap. But why a sudden change in the terms & conditions? How did that online rep. came up with a $20,000 playthrough, and then another rep. came up with over $10,000 (despite it originally being just a $3,000 playthrough)? Had I known that they were going to change the wagering requirements on me like that, frankly, I wouldn't have bothered playing. For me, being able to reach $20,000 on a $150 bonus is VERY unreasonable. Had I somehow reached the $20,000 barrier, were they going to raise it to $50,000?

    That seems atypical practice to me, for a MG casino to alter their rules on the fly twice.

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    tim5ny




    Solid point tim5ny. I'm glad I'm not the only one imagining this (and just being written-off as a "sore loser"). I've been playing online for roughly 5-years now, and I am able to recognize when this is happening (usually when I'm knee-deep in it :D ). Maybe you (PeggyTez and vinylweatherman) are right that it applies to all the MG casinos, but there's a select few where I've never truly felt that this "cycle" was in play. But, maybe it IS across the board (but we'll never know).

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    KasinoKing




    To which I too feel is a great idea. KK, just a suggestion, but I was thinking that those who posted on that particular thread should mention:

    - Which casino?

    - What slots he/she were playing?

    and even...

    - What time he/she played?

    - How much time did he/she play for (duration of session)?

    - How much did he/she win or lose in that time?

    - How much money did he/she bet per throw?


    Also, as is the problem with most threads, they'll get off topic, run with another tangent, and inevitably die. I guess if you had a couple die hard supporters of that particular thread, who took it upon themselves to marshall what was being said (at least by sticking within the context and aim of the thread), it could thrive (and be a staple just like the WINNER SCREENSHOTS thread).


    KasinoKing




    Very true.

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    PeggyTez




    I've had the same luck each time UkCasinoClub has sent me a bonus invitation. Maybe there's more to that than meets the eye... hmmm...

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    paul02085



    Kudos paul02085!


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  24. Dec 12, 2005
  25. tim5ny

    tim5ny Quit Gambling

    Whatever the truth may be we shall never know.... now let's go play some slots!! :thumbsup:
     
  26. Dec 12, 2005
  27. Slotmachine

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    Hi John, I did not want to cause any bad blood, I respect you guys here in the forum, and I speak honestly because of that respect. My post was frank, but it was written tongue-in-cheek.

    This is my last post on the topic, otherwise I'm guilty of contradicting myself...(devoting too much time on thinking about gambling)

    I know we're all vulnerable, I've definitely never called anyone a sore loser, and I know most of us (including me) here are to some extent prone to addictive behavior. I want to enjoy some slots now and then, and I want everybody here to be able to do that and keep it under control. I don't like to see people dedicating too much of their precious time on either gambling or thinking about gambling or forming theories about slot machines. There's a helluva lot of better things to do with what little time we have on this planet.

    OK, if appealing to your sentiment does not do the job, here's my rational take on this: The present evidence is strongly in MG's favor. They've got the reports from independent auditors of both the RNG and the Payout % of the slot machines in the casinos to back them up. Having the games play in any other way than completely random would make absolutely no sense because it is that very randomness that guarantees the house edge and the casino's profits. And they wouldn't want to risk the fiasco that would surely follow any proof that the games are not random.

    There is a scientific principle called Occam's Razor, which says that given several explanations, the simplest is usually correct. Occam's Razor says the MG games are random and we just have bad luck and good luck runs now and then. If you think about it, that's when we post, either bad luck run or good luck run, and the rest of the time we don't bother to post. Then someone posts and it causes a snowball effect and those who at that time happen to be experiencing something similar will post also. That's called "publication bias" in science. The uninteresting reports will not be published...

    Finally, as for your suggestion on the following thread:

    You DO need to get out more;). This would be a complete waste of time and you should not think about gambling all the time! Gamble when you've got the money, and forget about it the other times, if you can and do something real. If you can't, then it surely is the time to call that GA number.

    Cheers,
    SM
     
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  28. Dec 13, 2005
  29. johnsteed

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    Hi Slotmachine,

    My house isn't made of glass (although wrecking-ball insults launched at it WILL do the trick), and I've been here long enough to know that even amongst forum member/pals, you have to expect some people being prickly. I respect what you have to say (usually), and I think I've even told you as much in prior threads. :)

    But really, what's up with this got-to-get out more bullshit because I have a gambling problem? And while I love starting fun threads (this Phoenician one isn't amongst the ones that I'd call fun), I don't see your angle in trying to look good by telling me that I need to get out more. It's funny that 2 weeks ago I started a thread about slots (presented in a "fun" manner), as in which slots people have the most fun playing, and you tried running it off course (with no true opening to do so) with your RNG jargon. Did I tell you to go for a walk, get a life, ect... It would have been a GREAT opportunity to have done so.

    You don't know how much I gamble, you don't have access to my records on anything, just as I know absolutely nothing about your income/winning/losses/personal life ect... Don't make one general assumption over one thread.





    This is Casinomeister.com, a watchdog/player advocate site, where forum members discuss and chat about gambling, or didn't you know. And again, funny that you of all forum members should launch into this "higher-than-thou" don't think too much about gambling, when you've occasionally run threads off track with your own take on how the RNG works. You're not a professor on the subject, despite your handle, quit acting like it. Are you somehow tapped into the core of the system? No. I've read a bit about the RNG as well, and obviously not as much as you, and neither one of us REALLY knows how it works.




    Yes, you're right. And I'm not going to go up against MG, I'll never in a million years be able to prove anything substantial, that wasn't my point anyways, AND I have better things to do with my time than to even think about it. Frankly, staring at the wall for an entire weekend would be more advantageous. "Occam's Razor" may be bang-on, makes sense, but so does vinylweatherman's "cycle theory" (I don't know if it's his own). His theory falls in line with my experience in playing with the MG software.






    No doubt, but unless there's some other threads I'm unaware of, that discuss hiking, baking cookies, and bungee jumping, your point is irrelevant.





    Huh? :what: For a man who accepts the "scientific approach" to how the RNG works, and for someone who's obviously read so much about it, shouldn't saving data about your sessions be a sensible way to approach gaming. I've done it. And I've read countless times that others do too. Of course, writing down the outcome of EACH hand is demented, but keeping logs of your sessions isn't. Perhaps not everyone likes to take the "lab" approach to gaming. It can be tedious and what not. Fine.

    It's hypocritical though, to laud another forum member for how he approaches his game meticulously, and then tell the other one he needs to call GA and get a life.


    Now, upon your suggestion, I'm going for a nice 2-hour hike in the South Korean mountains. I was sick all weekend, so yes, I obviously had too much time on my hands. ;)


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  31. Pinababy69

    Pinababy69 RIP Lisa

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    Well John, I certainly agree with you that some casinos are hot for ya, while others are not. UKCasinoClub, Golden Reef, Music Hall, that whole group for me was ice cold. I haven't played there in over a year, and doubt that I ever will again. I have certain casinos that while I may not win all the time, I do get some bang for my buck.....32 Red and the Grand Prive group are probably my best ones for play time. Yet, I see others who have absolutely zero luck there. Without getting too involved in this thread, all I can say is that I think you did the absolutely right thing in closing your accounts there. If your luck is habitually as bad as you have described, I'd say sayonara too. Stick with the tried and true for you.
     
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  32. Dec 13, 2005
  33. Slotmachine

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    OK, here I go despite myself:rolleyes: I have absolutely no desire to look good here, as an anonymous poster on a gambling forum. I admit that I'm living some sort of existential phase with gambling right now, and maybe I'm overreacting. I'm just seeing posts here (not you especially, other threads) where the posters seem to be in too deep or going that way. I agree with you that this is a gambling forum so we talk about gambling, I happen to think we should stay in tune with the fact that gambling isn't necessarily harmless fun to everybody here. OK, I know, it's none of my business what anybody does, fair enough. After this post, I'll give it a rest since I've found it's not a very popular topic here, and tends to be silenced anyway. Personally I think it's just as interesting as any other gambling related subject, but that's just me.

    I may be a bad writer (hence the jargon) but I believe my take on the workings of the RNG was accurate. The reason I've read up about it (not much, doesn't take more than a couple of hours of studying really) is that I like to know what I'm dealing with when I spend my own hard earned money on these games. I did not mean to run that thread off course ( I did also post a lengthy piece on my favorite slot machines there, as required by the topic), but was elaborating on my previous comment there.

    Point taken.

    On the contrary, it would be a complete waste of time.

    Ippo ippo! Ah, the mountains:thumbsup:


    Cheers
    SM
     
  34. Dec 13, 2005
  35. johnsteed

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    Hi Slotmachine,

    I can only speak for myself when I say this, but I generally don't talk about my gaming experiences EXCEPT with other members here. There's a stigma immediately attached to you whenever one mentions that they love to gamble in their free time. Many people (outside of the forum members) will place me under the "this person has a gambling problem" whenever they hear that I gamble more than casually (negative schemas... fair or not). Understandably so, despite that it may not always be the case with everyone who gambles. And I hate having to justify what I do (gambling), because only I know how I feel about it. I never mention this to anyone anymore, and years ago when I did, I vowed that I wouldn't do it again (negative repercussions).

    Being called-out, and pointing fingers at other posters whom we may suspect to have a gambling problem (and that they should contact GA) without any validity, is a MAJOR blow to take here at Casinomeister.com (not Crucible.com). Tell me to F-off, you don't like my avatar, my writing, my theories, my personal profile, my opinions, fine... I may not like that, but fine.

    I'd certainly hate to have an unfair stigma attached to "JohnSteed" whenever other posters read my comments/replies/threads ect... It could most certainly undermine people's perception of me (not easy to live down).



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    You did post what slots you preferred, I do/did appreciate that. Thank you, really. :) And when I used "jargon", I hadn't meant that what you had said was crap or anything like that. I happen to enjoy your writing. I was simply using "jargon" in the context of technical language.


    Personally, I appreciate your most recent post. We're not in agreement about issues concerning "randomness", but I think we could both agree that it's not the end of the world either. :)


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  36. Dec 13, 2005
  37. Slotmachine

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    Yes, we can certainly agree to disagree on the randomness issue. Definitely not, as you say, the end of the world:thumbsup:

    I apologize for those previous comments of mine that you found insulting. I stress that they were not directed at you especially. I have enjoyed your posts here as well. "You need to get out more" was meant as a joke, and the "if you think about gambling all the time, call the GA number" thing was directed at you, me, and everybody else equally, and I still mean it.

    Now, I've got a 100 bucks in my Neteller account sez I'm gonna buy something nice for Christmas ... keep an eye on the winner's screenshots thread:D

    ...then again, it may end up being my Christmas present to 32Red...:rolleyes:

    Cheers,
    SM

    PS. I checked out crucible.com, they have some really cool titanium powders and super alloys there:)
     
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  38. Dec 13, 2005
  39. tombomb

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    how about that?

    Quote:"I don't know if it's the whole casino or just based on the person playing. I've found over the few years I've been doing this that if I stay away from a casino awhile, they'll start sending reminder mails. When that happens and you go in, suddenly your luck seems a bit better."

    funny that ones luck can suddenly be a little better when the "random number generator" is in place.Just reinforces my belief that casinos or the software provider can influence the outcome .Or rig it to put it another way.

    Ive also had only poor results at Phoenician. I dont say bad luck because I think luck (or "randomness") has nothing to do with it.
     

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