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"The Most Prominent Posters Of '05"

Discussion in 'Online Casinos' started by johnsteed, Dec 27, 2005.

    Dec 27, 2005
  1. johnsteed

    johnsteed Ueber Meister


    Hello Fellow Forum Members! :)

    Since we're finishing-off the year, I thought it would be interesting to create a new thread for each remaining day. In this 1st thread, I thought it would be interesting to tackle who's been the most prominent posters (icons/figureheads) over the past year or so. While drawing up the skeleton for this list, I thought it would be best if I could enhance the meaning of it by sticking within the parameters of the following factors/guidelines:

    a) Weight of reputation that the member carries.

    b) Amount of valuable posts/threads created in '05.

    c) Ability to entertain.

    d) Controversial (while not being stupid).

    e) Those who post valid and valuable information.

    f) Those who consistently put forth balanced observations.

    g) Those who you instantly indentify as integral parts of Casinomeister.com.

    h) The "CHARACTERS". Egotistical, helpful, righteous, understated, ect...

    While I'm certain many forum members can/will argue with my list, there's always fun to be had in debating these things. I'd also like to look at which new(er) members have made great strides over the last 12 months. While I couldn't squeeze everyone into these (3) lists, my apologies, because it's not my intention to ruffle any feathers. :D And they're off... BANG!!... and running...

    TOP "10"!!!


    - Who else was I going to take? It's like having a gun-to-your-head. What? You think I want to get banned for life? All jokes aside, this is Mr. Bailey's site, and I'd have to think that he may very well be THE most prominent figure in the online gaming industry, nevermind his very own site. Funny, smart, and despite being thrust into no-win situations many times, he's maintained his sanity while STILL being very impartial and upright in his decision making. You don't think he's fair, then I'd have to think that you're not being fair.

    Sidenote: I love his webcasts, and with all the work the Meister has to do, I think it's time to hire an assistant. Easier said than done, but it would be great if he could devote more time to that side of things (not to mention seeing more VP in the Winner Screenshots thread).


    - Forever offering balanced insight into the workings of the industry, while having the astute gift of being constructive when delivering his views. I always mistook his avatar as being the silhouette of Alfred Hitchcock's head. My mistake. :oops: I would guess that if someone wanted to write the book on how the online industry works, he's your man. You can't beat knowledge AND experience rolled-up in one.


    - "Interweb Wanderer and Moderator". OGGS Online Casino Reviews (nicely done by the way). Father (or mother) of the slotjunkie.info site. Fun, upbeat, also offers lots of information, does a helluva lot to contribute to this forum.

    Sidenote: Simmo's! avatar has and will forever remind me of "Chairry" from Pee-wee's Playhouse ('86-91). When running a little investigation of my own, with the help of Google and IMDb, I'm starting to understand more about the Casinomeister/Simmo! connection. You see, it goes like this.

    - Casinomeister likes Frank Zappa (look no further than Vortran and his Christmas/Wish list).

    - Dweezil Zappa, son of Frank did some recording work for "Pee-wee's Playhouse".

    - Simmo! looks like Chairry from "Pee-wee's Playhouse".

    Sidenote II: Rob Zombie of all people was once a production assistant for that very show... weird stuff.


    - Had this list been drawn-up over my first few months of joining, I'd have him sitting at #2. As has been stated by the Casinomeister himself, the man is quite busy these days, thus you're not likely to have seen much of him over the past few months as compared to the beginning of the '05 season. Another main member who makes the effort to give concrete and worthwhile advice.


    - The in-house lawyer (despite being a mathematician). The most intimidating handle, IMHO. His posts are only about information that pertains to the thread, rarely showing any glimpses of the man-behind-the-handle. The most emotion you'll get from him, is when forum members don't abide by the proper Winner Screenshots settings. Aside from his being a mathematician, we know that he only adhere's to absolute precision with his responses (IOW, he's not talking out-of-his-ass). With an abundance of information at his fingertips, he likely knows more about us than we'll ever know about him.


    - The most famous low-roller, the monthly winning streaks, a man who learned the Art of Patience to a "T", the most advertised "WINNER" at this site (as in consistent profit), the man of quick-wit, and likely the largest draw here for his postings. 'Tis why he is The King. Now, bow down to the King. :notworthy

    Sidenote: KK was probably the 1st forum member to make me feel welcome. Merci beaucoup, mon roi!

    Sidenote II: While I DID say that GrandMaster (to me) carries the most intimidating handle, the fat man in the tux was just as menacing or browbeating... if not more.


    - The leader of controversy. But while he's stirring the pot, he's got a point. While few love to swallow his brutal honesty (correct or not), many admire his efforts at getting his points across. And I think by that, he believes in what he's saying, therefore it's begrudginly accepted. You will likely never see him post a "Way-to-go" to other members in the Winner Screenshots section, nor will you see him start threads on his positive experience at a casino. That's not what he's about.

    Sidenote: The #1 poster in terms of popular forum member WITHOUT an avatar.

    "slotchik" ​

    - ???????!!!!!!! That's right. ???????!!!!!!! She's got a language of her own. :confused: Quick, who's one of the 1st people that pops into your head when you think of Casinomeister? She's most definitely right up there. We know that she's from New York, she owns a football team, she's a part of the O.P.U., she's part owner of PumpPoker, and while she can be a handful, I think in her own way she doesn't mean to be. If anything, she makes the forum more exciting.


    - It took me a long time to decipher between which Bart Simpson was whose. There's gfkostas, winbig72, and Eurgo#&%... well, the guy from Tampere, Finland. And certainly many others. It took me up until the point where Tim would thank 32Red for them helping him out, when he probably needed it most. He took some heat for that thread, but he rebounded nicely. I'd have to think that tim5ny comes off as one of the most honest of forum members here. He says what he says, and I believe that his heart is in it (not to say that others aren't... ).

    "dominique" ​

    - The cuter devil (along when back-in-the-day Spearmaster used that other avatar). The "webmistress" (did she pen/coin that term?) from the Boonies (well, that can be anywhere!) reminds of a combination of Simmo! and GrandMaster (come to think of it... wouldn't that be Spearmaster?). I think most of her posts are in good spirit, while providing beneficial information when needed.


    Those who JUST missed the list were:


    - I had him as high as 7th if you could believe that. Very informative, with some wonderful ideas. I'd have to think that he'll be moving up quickly this coming year. That is, IF he isn't in perpetual "Lock-Down" mode at the MG casinos. ;)

    "Macgyver" ​

    (revised edition)

    - I'm givin' m'man the North Carolina blue in this thread, and also in part because he's been part of the "color" movement. And let me tell you, this guy can keep a secret (shhhh!!!!). :D

    Sidenote: When is he going to finally cut-a-class and add an avatar with Richard Dean Anderson already? If he's not cute enough, remember that he did date Katarina Witt for some time... that couldn't hurt. :)


    If this were a list that was solely built off of the Winner Screenshots thread, he's most likely the #1 candidate. We would also have to consider RobWin, W2album, slotchik, Simmo!, Spearmaster, Casinomeister, realwtfsup, Bing, venetian, and a host of others... (I wish I was a part of that list :( ) Whenever there's a drought of Winner Screenshots being posted, you know that it's only because Slotster is in hibernation (or on an extended SpringBreak). As it appears for the month of December (at slotjunkies.info), it appears that perhaps Slotster is indeed hibernating.


    - Sirius has been coming to Casinomeister.com for a long-time. Aside from that 32Red thread not-too-long-ago, and despite his present fall-from-grace, I'd have to think that he's been a great contributor here. His posts have been generally been well-received.

    "fortunelounge' - "casino representative"

    - Geez, I was glad that thread FINALLY died-off a few weeks back.


    The other contenders were...

    -winbig72 -Petunia -Webcas
    -chuchu59 -Slotmachine -BingoT
    -Pinababy69 -Bruce Hamilton -gfkostas
    -suzecat -paul02085 -nafanny29


    I thought it would be fun to make a seperate list of newer members that are quickly and stably becoming more striking and distinguished by the month/year.

    The "Blue Chip" Class of '04


    - Upbeat, quickly ascending the scales of Casinomeister lore. We might not have always been on the same page with the RNG, but he has his facts (I don't).


    - The eye. Meow! Not that it has anything to do with her, but everytime I see her handle, I start playing "Eye In The Sky" in my head (love that song).


    - All aboard!!! Final destination... Casinomeister.com FAME or bust.


    - pushing the envelope on what we things we can do with the avatar. Have a problem, got the PC-blues, don't know what to do, he's your man.


    - Trying to figure this one out for some time, how did he know how to pick that name prior to seeing the selection of Casinomeister.com avatars?

    Sidenote: "nafanny29" and "Vesuvio" just made the cut. "nafanny29" is probably my greatest omission, but upon my research, I've noticed a decline in her posts as compared to '04 (although I could be wrong).


    The "Blue Chip" Class of '05


    - The handle says it all. You need not look further than the complaints section of the forum.


    - Still waiting for that cookies recipe that was promised. Ahem... Postings-a-plentiful. The torch has been picked-up from an AWOL Bruce Hamilton.


    - Webmaster for the casino portal "Online Casino Reviewer", and I'd think just maybe the top of this class by leaps and bounds by the time 2010 rolls around (heck, maybe by '07). One of the few members that shows an actual photo of himself. Although, PhilipFromParis is the only one who's done so with any decent lighting.


    - I would guess that he's the Bart that's posted the most over the course of this year.

    #5 (TIE)


    - Hey, The Pistons won the first game of the Christmas doubleheader on ABC... X-Mas couldn't have been all that bad. :D


    - With winbig72, someone I'd expect to post more Winner Screenshots in the coming year. Why the change in the avatar? You had it all right there, the name, everything...


    "Casinomeister HOF" - When and if there ever is one (and it likely won't be in Cooperstown but in Hefe Weizen Wonderland... giggle), I would have to think that "mary "(the handle with the cheese AND 3,538 posts!!!) would have to get some serious consideration. Her work in the "Vegas Frontier and FortuneLounge Spam" thread alone should be enough to earn her (I assume he/she is a her) that honour. While I hated reading that thread, she did a lot of grunt work on that one. Kudos.


    Closing thoughts: I'm sure I missed some special forum members on this list. But just a reminder, this list was based on how this year in particular, unfolded. For example, a Bruce Hamilton would have been #1 for new forum members of this years class ('05), but... he hasn't posted here for quite some time.

    Thank you for your time, and I'm eager to get some rest now (because THIS thread took FOREVER). It was lots of fun to do though.

    Again, thanks to those that make Casinomeister.com what it is.

    John Steed

    Last edited: Dec 27, 2005
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  2. Dec 27, 2005
  3. Macgyver

    Macgyver Dormant account PABnononaccred

    North Carolina
    Wow, I made a johnsteed list!! :D

    Now if only my name had been ... SPELLED CORRECTLY!! :eek2: :eek:

    Haha ... thanks for the honorable mention. :thumbsup:
  4. Dec 27, 2005
  5. spearmaster

    spearmaster RIP Ted

    Devil's Advocate
    Gee whiz, John, I'm flattered to be on the list at all! Those above me, and below me, are all deserving in their own ways, and I think you pretty much hit the nail on the head :)

    Thanks for cheering me up :)
    1 person likes this.
  6. Dec 27, 2005
  7. slotchik

    slotchik Dormant account

    I WISH I owned Pump Poker..Puleeeeeeeeze.
    I barely know how to play. LOL

    thank you for making me one of the TOP ten posters

    I love being here...the people are wonderful and Bryan...well, he's the coolest...​
    thank you Johnsteed for your colorful posts..YOU are definitely one of the top ten in my eyes~~​
  8. Dec 27, 2005
  9. liquidsoap

    liquidsoap Dormant account

    my self
    steed, your great
    you should be in the top 5 list your self,
    i said it before i like reading your posts,

    and shesh where did you find the time to do all that
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  10. Dec 27, 2005
  11. dominique

    dominique Dormant account

    The Boonies
    Flattery will get you everywhere! :D

    Webmistress - Bryan labeled me "webmaster" and it just didn't sit right so I changed it to "webmistress". :p Fits a lot better. :D

    The biggest Kudos most definitely go to Bryan, whose guests we are and whose patience we trample on.

    At year's end it's definitely time once again to say a great big fat

  12. Dec 27, 2005
  13. jetset

    jetset RIP Brian CAG

    Senior Partner, InfoPowa News Service
    Thanks, John - and that avatar really is Alfred!!!

    Seriously for a moment, I would like to amplify on one entry on your list, and that is this: QUOTE: I would have to think that mary(the handle with the cheese AND 3,538 posts!!!) would have to get some serious consideration.UNQUOTE

    Mary is a real live woman in the States with a strongly developed sense of fairness and a steely determination to pursue the thieves and villains of this industry through her absolutely outstanding and freely donated talent for research and enquiry. Believe me, she is formidable and a real asset to the *positive* side of the business. She may not post in the general threads quite as much as she used to, but her posts are always right on the mark and totally honest.

    I look forward every year to the fresh crop of posters who decide to go beyond lurking and become more active on Casinomeister - we've seen so many of them develop into really good contributors in every sense. So here's to the regulars...and the class of '06!
  14. Dec 27, 2005
  15. gfkostas

    gfkostas Ex-Bonus Whore

    Sorry but I don't accept johnsteed list.Clearly biased ;)

    P.S. Didn't even make it to the top 10 :(
  16. Dec 27, 2005
  17. gfkostas

    gfkostas Ex-Bonus Whore

    One category neglected. i)Muppets : hahacasino,markizu,bethug etc. :D
    1 person likes this.
  18. Dec 28, 2005
  19. chuchu59

    chuchu59 gambling addict CAG PABnonaccred

    Great post Johnsteed. That was very analytical and makes fellow members feel they are closely knit. Now if only we had the best post of 2005,many of your posts would be competing among themselves. Well done,as usual.
    1 person likes this.
  20. Dec 28, 2005
  21. tim5ny

    tim5ny Quit Gambling

    :oops: Flattery will get you everywhere! You're a breath of fresh air Johnsteed!
    1 person likes this.
  22. Dec 28, 2005
  23. RobWin

    RobWin closed account

    Who knows?
    A Vault!

    Thanks for the Honorable Mention John Steed. :notworthy
    1 person likes this.
  24. Dec 28, 2005
  25. tim5ny

    tim5ny Quit Gambling

    Oops! Sorry Dominique! I didn't read the replies to this thread until now. We must think alike!
  26. Dec 28, 2005
  27. Slotmachine

    Slotmachine Dormant account

    Hear, hear.

  28. Dec 28, 2005
  29. Casinomeister

    Casinomeister Forum Cheermeister Staff Member

    Great list "John Steed". A big thanks to you too! :thumbsup:

    One thing that always blows my mind, is the mlange of posters here. The diverse backgrounds and experiences really bring a true presence to this forum. We have mathematicians, journalists, firefighters, police chiefs, retired school teachers, musicians, home makers, college students, university professors, ex-rangers, ex-paratroopers, sales people, online casino operators, land based casino operators, bankers, DJs, webmasters, computer geeks, gay people, straight people, Brits, Turks, Yanks, Aussies, Asians, Africans, Frenchmen, Russians, Central Americans, Swedes, rich, poor, and in-between.

    And that's the tip of the ice berg. There are not too many message boards that bring on this sort of membership. Thank you all for coming :D
  30. Dec 28, 2005
  31. Simmo!

    Simmo! Moderator Staff Member

    Web Dev.
    LOL. Thanks Steed. Not sure if being mentioned is a good thing or a bad thing tho lol ;)

    For the record, off the top of my head,*some* of my MVPs (Most Valuable Posters) of 2005 would be lead out by:


    The ones whose threads i find most entertaining would be:

    Padanian (though he's gone now it would appear)

    And those people who I find interesting/inspiring/humerous (IE: in various capacities):


    With honourable mentions going to

    polli123 (for the best thread ever!)
    BingoT (for unerring dedication to duty!)

    ....and many others i no doubt forgot to mention.

    Happy New Year

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  32. Dec 28, 2005
  33. DarthVader

    DarthVader Dormant account

    Actor, tap-dancing...
    Trying to get a sun-tan on planet LV-426...

    I'll send down the Shuttle Tiberia to escort you to safety Simmo!. At least you "get it". I'm growing impatient with various other forum members here, and I've sent out a distress code to Moff Tarkin, to have the planet EARTH destroyed immediately. He's already informed me that the Death Star shall be within striking distance within days. To not be selected amongst the elite (to think I was putting my ego aside) is an insult, not only to everyone within this galaxy, but in the infinite universe. I thought I was a shoe-in. Thank God I packed a box of Scott-Tissues (oh-so-soft) for what was supposed to be a nice week cruising my old stomping grounds (by day), and relaxing with just me and the stars by night. There's no powers grand enough (not even the mysterious Dark-Side of the force) to suppress the tears of a deeply wounded soul.

    I'm off to do some shopping in Mos Eisely, but really I'm most likely going to end up drinking my sorrows away at the Cantina (I just paged Snaggletooth to join me).

    Sure, "Merry" Christmas "great" people of earth.

    Last edited: Dec 28, 2005
  34. Dec 28, 2005
  35. tim5ny

    tim5ny Quit Gambling

    This guy's totally insane, but statements like the above are slightly amusing! :)
  36. Dec 28, 2005
  37. dominique

    dominique Dormant account

    The Boonies
    Great minds think alike! :D
  38. Dec 28, 2005
  39. KasinoKing

    KasinoKing WebMeister & Slotaholic.. CAG MM PABnonaccred webmeister

    House-Husband and Casino Advisor
    Bexhill on sea, England
    Great thanks Mr.Steed - I truly am honored to be in your top 10! :thumbsup:

    The one notable exception though - JohnSteed should definitely be at #2!
    (Sorry, no-one beats the Meister! :notworthy )

    Your posts never cease to amaze me - they must take you fricking ages to compile - I am beginning to think forum posting is what you do for a living...! :eek:
    Keep up the great work! ;)

    I wish I could dedicate a tenth as much time to posting as you - but unfortunately I'm usually too busy working. (Well, that's what I call it - most call it gambling & my lovely wife calls it playing! :rolleyes: )
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