Casinomeister's Newsletter
24 April 2003
Issue #150
weekly



Dear ${token1},

I'm finally starting to realize that Spring is here -- which means it's time for Spring cleanup! Yes! I remember as a paratrooper stationed at Ft. Bragg, they would send us out armed with rakes and plastic bags to clean up the crap left over from the cold NC winters. Post clean-up they called it. Little did they know (the commanders) we used to stash cases of beer - Pabst Blue Ribbon - in the bushes to heighten our cleaning experience. This made volunteering a bit easier, and oh how things have changed.

But anyway, I actually pumped out a new webcast this week that is a must listen. I have also promised my wife that I will clear off my desk and clean my studio. Oh and before I forget, Cherry Casino is sponsoring a tournament for Casinomeister players. Very cool ~ details below. Lots going on this week so sit back, relax, grab yourself a libation of your choice, and read on...

Springingly yours,

Bryan


In this issue:
1. What's New at Casinomeister
2. Casinos You Ought to Join
3. This week's humor
4. Forum Highlights
5. ATLANTIS FORTUNE CASINO IS NO MORE! Microgaming Announcement

Can't read this newsletter? Click here (or copy and paste this into your browser): http://casinomeister.com/newsletter.html#skip for the online version.
WORD FROM THE MEISTER
The GPWA
I'm no longer a member of the Gambling Portal Webmaster's Association. I quit the organization mainly because many of the active members have a different philosophy and attitude concerning the online casino industry that doesn't mix with mine too well.

What has really turned me off is this phenomena that is rampant in this industry called "affiliate greed", and it seems to be widespread in the GPWA.

I guess the catalyst for this was the uproar most everyone from the GPWA had over the scheduling of the Gator speaker at the Affiliate Conference that's scheduled (still) next month. The GPWA has been very vocal against the use of "scumware" (which I whole heartily support), but they all jumped on this bandwagon screaming "boycott-boycott!!" Fine and dandy, boycott the event.

But what really pisses me off, is that I suggested that these webmasters ought to boycott advertising for a software provider that condones unscrupulous and at times criminal activities Ė it was pooh-poohed. Hey, but when traffic and profits are threatened, they cry foul!

There are a vast number of webmasters there that donít flinch at throwing up a gazillion brain-dead banner farmed portal clones and beg visitors to "join" a casino and get their 25-35% cut of the player losses. But if anyone tries to weasel in on their traffic, they freak!

I am so sick of this greedy industry and the types of individuals that associate themselves with it. Look at the big picture. Whatís worse; scumware Ė or turning the Internet into a giant frigging billboard?

And whatís worse, Joe the player sees this and sits back laughing at the affiliate webmasters who are making this big stink. Two evils battling it out in public.

And if the shoe fits, wear it.

Donít get me wrong, there are a lot of really good webmasters out there (and members of the GPWA) that promote casinos and are accountable for their actions. They provide content that augments and gives this industry more credence, and are seriously involved with the industry trying to make it a better place. They know who they are.

But there are a number of webmasters who spend far too much time in other peoplesí portals arguing about this or that in other peopleís message boards, when they should be concentrating on their own "portal", policing it up and ensuring that they are promoting legitimate enterprises.

I understand that this is a business for these portal owners, and many of them are motivated by profits, but there is a certain amount of responsibility that goes with this. I was just not seeing it as often as Iíd like. So in essence, there is a conflicting attitude and philosophy that are embedded in the GPWA -- and these are attitudes and philosophies that I care not to be a part of.



From last week, but it still applies:
Remember the player who is owed $28,000 from "Welcome to Our Casino"? Well she still hasn't been paid yet. And let me reiterate: if you are a player of any RTG casino, this could easily happen to you. There is no road to take if you find yourself in the same position. You only have the word of the casino that you will be treated fairly. And in most cases, their word is worth about as much as an Iraqi Dinar right now.

Presently, I am calling for everyone to not patronize the casinos listed in my rogue section, or that fall into this catagory:
Virtual Group /rogue/virtual.html
Angelciti Group /rogue/angelciti.html
Vegas Strip Group /rogue/vegasstrip.html
Windows Casino /rogue/windowscasino.html
Any Safebet Casinos /rogue/safebet.html
Any Egamingcommission Casinos /rogue/egamingcommission.html

Doesn't leave many left to play at, does it? I am also refusing to handle or negotiate any more casino complaints concerning RTG powered casinos. So if you choose to play at an RTG casino, please keep this in mind.

Attention Affiliates As an affiliate, you are promoting the casino and most anything they stand for. If the casino is knowingly associating themselves with bogus awards or player safety nets, it's wrong. If you are promoting these types of sites, you are wrong as well.

There is a certain amount of responsibility that you must undertake if you are promoting online casinos. Don't let the power of the dollar inhibit good judgement.

CHERRY CASINO TOURNAMENT

Cherry Casino is sponsoring a Multi Hand Video Poker Tourney from NOW until next Wednesday April 28 midnight EST!!!

The tourney takes place in CherryCasino's impressive Video Poker Lounge with tournament play taking place on all multi hand Video Pokers!

The winner is the one who gets the highest payout ratio, which makes it fair to everyone - low or high stakes and the real time leaderboard keeps you in touch with your position.

Top spot will take home $100 and a t-shirt to first place, t-shirts to second and third place!

Imagine hanging out at the beach with your CHERRY CASINO T-SHIRT!! Cool, eh?

This offer is only for Casinomeister players!! Play here!! No Download!!!

GONEGAMBLING'S JACKPOT
Sign up at four of the best portals on the web and be eligible for a weekly drawing of a least $200. Participating portals:
Got2bet
GoneGambling
Reviewed Casinos
Check it out here!
GAMES AND CONTESTS

"Who Wants to be a Casinomeister?"
"Who Wants to be a Casinomeister?" Well, who wants $200!! C'mon!It's fun!! It's cool!! It also challenges how smart (or stupid) you are. You can even play once a day if you like!! Thanks Gold Club Casino, our sponsor for this month. Check it out here.
And there are TWO Scavenger Hunts to play at this month! Find the info, answer the questions, and be eligible for $200 in cash!!! It's fun!! With all of the exclamation points, it's gotta be good!!! So c'mon! What are you waiting for?? Let's play here!!

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2. Casinos you ought to join!
You must check out English Harbour's special promo this week! Avast Ye Landlubbers, Come To The Harbour For A PIRATE PARTY!

Shiver me timbers...itís time for a party Ė a $5,000 Pirate Party! Come and play any games like Jolly Harbour, Admiralís Inn and others to win!

April 24th to 27th To Qualify:

You must have a real player account and have purchased and bet a minimum (or total of) $100.00 in Real Account casino chips during the promotional time period (see Rules for promotional time period).

You may play any games to qualify. Rules:

The promotional time period is Thursday, April 24th, 2003 (12:00 AM E.S.T.) to Sunday, April 27th (11:59:59 PM E.S.T.).

Winners will be selected by random draw the week following April 28th, 2003.

Click here for more details:
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3. This week's humor

I know it's old, but it's one of my favorites:

The new inmate at the mental hospital announced in a loud voice that he was the famous British naval hero, Lord Nelson. This was particularly interesting, because the institution already had a "Lord Nelson." The head psychiatrist, after due consideration, decided to put the two men in the same room, feeling that the similarity of their delusions might prompt an adjustment in each that would help in curing them. It was a calculated risk, of course, for the two men might react violently to one another, but they were introduced and then left alone and no disturbance was heard from the room that night.

The next morning, the doctor had a talk with his new patient and was more than pleasantly surprised when he was told: "Doctor, I've been suffering from a delusion. I know now that I am not Lord Nelson."

"That's wonderful," said the doctor.
"Yes," said the patient, smiling demurely, "I'm Lady Nelson."

ha ha ha
4. Forum Highlights
Casinomeister's Forum » Online Casino Complaints » Proposed response to Real Time Gaming offers « Previous Next »

Author Message
hip_hop
No Longer Lurking
Username: hip_hop

Post Number: 5
Registered: 03-2003
Posted on Wednesday, April 23, 2003 - 07:26 pm:   

Here is a suggestion for all who wish to improve the Online Casino landscape. Everytime you receive a promotional offer from a RTG casino reply with the following(or similar) message;

"Thank you for your generous offer but because of ongoing abuse of players that play at Real Time Gaming casinos I will have to decline. This abuse of players, locking accounts, stealing winnings coupled with Real Time Gaming's outright refusal to correct the situation justifies my decision. Until Real Time Gaming deals with all of these player grievances and puts in place mechanisms to win back my trust I will not be making any more deposits in any Real Time Gaming casinos. I am sorry if this impacts your business in any negative way. If you are an honest casino operator perhaps your best course of action would be to pressure Real Time Gaming to acknowledge and correct the current issues and put in place some customer safe-guards for the future."

It is obvious that Real Time Gaming considers the casino operator to be the customer rather than the players so only they will be able to change things. I am going to keep this letter in notepad on my desktop to use for every RTG offer I receive. If enough players do the same the operators might even notice. Feel free to use the quote or write a similar and better quote and more importantly get it out there. Only with lots of these types of negative responses to their marketing can we hope to have any effect.

Hip Hop
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ATLANTIS FORTUNE CASINO IS NO MORE!

Microgaming Announcement

Microgaming announces that the licence for the operation of Atlantis Fortune Casino, owned by International Casinos CDLB NV, has been terminated with immediate effect. Microgaming are aware that there are still outstanding amounts owed to players and in the interest of fairness have made arrangements for players with legitimate claims to forward their claims to PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc.

PwC will receive player claims with a view to verifying the correctness thereof, and advising of any amounts that should be paid. This process is entirely under the control of PwC, and Microgaming will not be involved in any way. The funds to be used for such payouts are being placed by Microgaming in trust and will not be under the control or ownership of Microgaming. PwC will advise the trustees of any amounts that should be paid.

All players who believe that they have a valid claim against Atlantis Fortune Casino should approach PwC at the email address below. Players should note that a time limit has been placed on the lodgement of such claims, and all claims should be lodged by the 20th May 2003

Claims must be addressed to: trustadmin@pwcgaming.co.za. These claims should clearly state the claimant's full name and login-id as registered at the casino.


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