Are you a casino bonus hunter

Bonus hunting, bonus whoring, bonus bagging, bonus abuse, it is all about the same subject: players who try to make money by using bonuses offered by online casinos. So, in fact it is your game style that determines whether you are you a bonus hunter or a casual gambler? We think that the longer you play in casinos, the more experience you gain with bonuses, and for that reason you are increasingly turning to bonus hunting. It’s a matter of learning by doing … In other words, you have to become a ‘smart’ online casino player because only then, you can make huge profits out of bonus hunting. Naturally, online casinos don’t really like bonus hunting players. Bonus hunting is not officially prohibited.

To the origin of bonuses

Why give casinos bonuses to players? On first sight, you should think that they are crazy because they give free stuff to their (new) subscribers … First of all, casinos are not crazy: new customers must be encouraged not only to sign up but also to return to the casino and spent more money in their casino. Keep them busy marketing! So, the bonuses were born with all kinds of variants: sign up bonus, no deposit bonus, multiple bonus, split bonus, bingo bonus, reload bonus, weekly bonus offers, daily bonus offers, first deposit bonus, loyalty bonuses (in form of comp points that can be exchanged for money), free spins, etc. but keep in mind: usually a (small) amount of your own cash is involved to gain a profit from all these promotions available!

Bonus hunting strategy

The tactics used are very simple: sign up at as much gambling sites as you want with the sole intention of claiming the bonus. Play, try to make a profit, withdraw your win, and move on to the next casino website. Difficult? Not at all… Why are we not all millionaires?

Hot issues

• Do not make any illusions, it’s not that easy! During the past years, some things have changed. For example, casinos nowadays are not as generous anymore. They still offer free stuff but have built a lot of limitations in the field of meeting the required terms and conditions. They have made their T&S’s a lot stricter, so making a bonus profit is still possible, but the chance that you become ‘a winner’ is rare! The times of very player friendly bonus offers like a 300% deposit match bonus with 10 times wagering requirement and no game restrictions and quick profits are over. On the other hand: you can spent a lot of time and energy on chasing bonuses, you can always have bad luck!
• Another determining factor is the restriction of games available. The so called ‘low house edge’ games only count for a percentage of the wagering requirements (WR). You will find this (very important!) information included in the T&C’s as ‘Casino Game % Towards Wagering Requirements’. For example: slots 100%, Roulette 50%, Table Games 40%, Video Poker 5% etc. Many online casinos will not allow you to play Blackjack, and often no Table Games at all while you are playing with their bonus money. Other casinos will allow you to play Table Games with Bonus Money, but it does not count towards the playthrough. Most casinos that will not allow Table games to be played, also do not allow Video Poker games to be played. This brings us to the following remark: your success of bonus hunting depends also on choosing the right game! But we all have to admit: who reads those boring conditions with the necessary attention?
• Got caught! Good casino managers may notice from your betting style that you are a bonus hunter and not a casual player. Then the question arises: will the casino pay out if you win a big sum of money? Yes, because most of them don’t want to risk their reputation for a few thousand dollars, despite they realise that you are a bonus hunter.
In case of discussion, most casinos have covered themselves with the following clause and precautionary measure in their T & Cs to get rid of most bonus hunters, the so called ‘irregular play’ clause. It is formulated like: ‘If we notice any kind of irregular play with bonus (bonus hunting) we reserve the right to void the bonus’.
A second variant of this precaution is a clause prohibitting so called ‘Advantage Play’ or ‘Professional Play’. When casinos make use of this restriction, they claim that you have voided the Bonus and violated the Terms & Conditions. Do not expect any pay out of your winnings!

Hunting or bouncing in the casino

You can still get some decent extra value from the online available casino bonuses. On the other hand: we dare to claim that some bonus offers are simply not worth claiming. You must find good terms and conditions, easy-to-meet wagering requirements, safely play the bonus money in the casino and have luck to win real money!
We end with our most important advices: choose an honest, fair, good reputation and generous casino, read T&S’s carefully before you start playing, take a look on the internet about ‘rogue casinos lists’, and read Player Reviews (but also the casinos’ side).
Keep in mind that more players loose money than there are winners! Otherwise, all casinos have to close their doors!
For more excellent, to the point information and relevant tables, we recommend this website.

Do not create several player accounts in a online casino

Some time ago, I have read this comment in response to a so-called complaint from an unsatisfied casino player. In fact, this is a case of bonus abuse and we wrote a separate article. Read more about this subject

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The comment was formulated as follows:

Please don’t create more than 1 account in 1 casino! You’ll never ever get paid anyway and you can piss the casino off and they may stop giving this bonus in the future. When I asked the support managers why they don’t want to give bonuses to players from certain countries, they replied that they had a lot of players from some countries with 10-20 accounts. They didn’t have to pay for any wins but they had to pay to the game provider for the free spins anyway.

These are two aspects of playing in a casino, namely having more than one account, and the geo location used by all casinos. Let’s start with the first penny: having more than one player account at a casino.

More than 1 casino account

Obviously this is bullshit and, moreover, illegal. In ALL T & C’s of any online casino, the following is clearly stated:

You hereby agree to hold no more than a single real account at the casino.

Anyone who can read, therefore, knows that you can only have one account per casino. There is no discussion about this: one account is one account. You can not experiment with that as a player. Ever since playing in a casino online, the computer programs of every casino register everything, but everything: how often you log in, when you log in, you win or lose your username, your login information, your address, phone number, date of birth, credit card information (sometimes, depending on your preferred banking option); IP address of your computer, what games do you play how much Your bet, whether you play for small or big amounts, everything, everything, everything … In short, big brother casino is watching you! Assume it’s not possible to cheat an online casino. So, NO, you are not permitted to have multiple accounts, do not attempt to sign-up for more than one account! The casinos have become better and better at detecting that. Do not creat fake ID’s or other ways to forge documentation to pass the identification verification. The casinos have gotten smarter too and are nowaday much better prepared to combat them. You will be blocked by the casino management whenever they find that you have multiple accounts. In such cases, the management has the right to close the account and all your balance will be forfeited.
Another version of this rule:

The Casino reserves the right to disqualify winnings in case the following incidents occur: more than one active account at the Casino unless given prior approval by management.

You would think that this wording contradicts the foregoing. That’s also the case … Our advice is to take into account the necessary caution and to ask if it is safe to play in these online casinos. If 95% of the casinos do not allow multiple accounts why would the remaining 5% do that? Yes you are right: to attract players, to let them deposit and play, and only afterwards they get the message that they are blocked. Sin of your time, energy and money!
If you want more clarity about multiple player accounts at the same casino, you can do the following: Before playing with a second account, contact the casino support and ask clearly and explicitly if you can create a second, third account. If your question has a positive confirmation, make sure that you make a printscreen of that confirmation and keep it safe. If problems arise afterwards, you have at least proof of their permission to open multiple accounts. That will not guarantee your success once the discussion starts about withdrawals but it’s better than nothing!

Geolocation by online casinos

We already published an article on this subject some time ago and you can read it HERE. We will follow up with the latest update information. Nowadays, geolocation is determined as follows in the T&c’s:

You are solely responsible for ascertaining whether it is legal in Your Jurisdiction to participate at the Casino. You may only participate at the Casino if it is legal for you to do so within Your Jurisdiction.

With reference to the quote above, indeed casinos don’t want to give bonuses to players from certain countries but they had to pay to the game provider for the free spins anyway. We can understand the position of the casinos. If a player does play even if he is not accepted by the casino based on his place of residence, then the casino does not have to pay any cash, but they have to pay their license obligations to their provider. This is obviously not beneficial to the casino, in other words: a waste of money for the casino. That’s never the intention of casinos that you will understand. Thus, your players account will be blocked and nothing will be paid out.
If your registration goes right, this problem would not exist! Because most online casinos would block you from registering at the point of registration form by not having your country in their list of accepting players. It should be that simple! In other words: when you register in a casino, or try to do so, and you enter your mobile phone number or your resident place, and the software does its works correctly, you immediately get the message that you can not play at that specific casino because of jurisdiction rules. For example: a player from Bulgaria registers without problems in an online casino although his country was mentioned in the list of not accepted countries of that casino. He makes his first deposit of €95 and waits for his welcome bonus to be credited automatically. But nothing comes and he contacts the support and asks for more details and explanation. And all the troubles started! He was afraid that maybe Bulgarian players are restricted from getting bonuses. The T&C’s of the casino mentioned: You are not a resident of … Bulgaria … Meanwhile, he gets an answer from their support that he didn’t get the bonus because he didn’t check. He asked them why he was allow to register but was not allowed to play at this casino!
In our opinion, this player has a point: when it is not possible for any casino to accept players from restricted countries, why do they accept deposits and to allow them to play??? It’s the same as the story of the chicken and the egg!

Online Slot Machines: Where it all Began

mobile casino menuIf you’ve ever been in a casino online or on-land, you’re likely to have come into contact with a slot machine. Flashing lights, loud music and spinning reels glittering with the promise of unlimited riches, thousands of punters daily spin to win.

These days you can play alongside Batman and Catwoman, Egyptian pharaohs, Indiana Jones, aliens and many more crazy characters and themes. You even have the chance to snag million pound jackpots, with around 15 online slots having paid out jackpots in the millions – yes you really can become a millionaire playing an online slot!

But take a journey back in time to where it all began and things were a lot less glitzy. There were no monetary prizes, you just played for drinks and cigars.

The Birth of the First Slot Machines

Developed in 1891 by a New York based company Sittman and Pitt, one of the first slot machines had five drums and a total of 50 playing cards. The ten of spades and the jack of hearts had been removed to reduce the odds of getting a royal flush by half. Found in many bars, you had to pull the lever to spin the drums. If you had a win, there was no direct payout mechanism in the machine and you collected payment from the bar in the form of drinks and cigars.
Although he never patented his design, Charles Augustus Fey is said to be the inventor of the first slot machine to allow automatic payouts. The exact date of creation is up for debate but is thought to of happened around 1887-1895. His machine had just five drums with three reels and the playing cards had just five symbols – hearts, spades, diamonds, horseshoes and a liberty bell. Scoring a line of three bells got you the highest payout and gave the machine its name – the Liberty bell.

Slot Machine Evolution

As 1902 dawned, slot machines were banned in many states in America but this did not stop Fey or any of the other slot machine manufacturers. To get around the ban, the playing card symbols were replaced with pictures of fruit and items such as chewing gum. Payouts of actual cash were replaced with gum, thus bringing about the widely known name ‘fruit machine’ we know today.

Another well-known term for the slot machine is the ‘one arm bandit’. This refers to the lever that is pulled on the side, which set the reels in motion. Being an ingenious mechanism, giving the player the feeling he was in total control, these styles of machine can be seen across many casinos still today.
As technology developed, 1964 brought about the first electromechanical slot released by Bally called ‘Money Honey’. Although the reels were operated electrically, the familiar lever still gave the player control to spin the reels. Also, this was the first machine with a bottomless hopper, which means it could make an automatic payout of up to 500 coins.

Fortune Coin were first in the race to build and manufacture the first true video slot in 1967. Using a modified 19 inch Sony TV for the display, it first made an appearance in the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel. 1996 brought on the release of ‘’Reel Em’’ by WMS Industries Inc. This was the first video slot to feature a second screen bonus round, which when triggered it opened up a completely new screen. Players of the game could also experience for the first time, winning extra cash during the bonus rounds.

Online Gaming Takes Over

As the internet age started to rear its head around the mid-90s, the first online casinos were developed. Blackjack and roulette were the first to grace the screens, shortly followed by online slot machines. To start with, the online slots looked exactly the same as the types of slots you found in land based casinos, with the same symbols and numbers of reels. As computer programming and creative genius improved, games started to become way more imaginative and innovative and also surpassed the popularity of other casino games.

Million Pound Online Slot Jackpots

The first online jackpot slot was Cash Splash from Microgaming, which only offered a moderate jackpot. As time has moved on, jackpots have increased along with the excitement factor. The company Mega Moolah has made many millionaires and currently holds the title for the largest payout from an online slot – an amazing 17.9 million euros! If you fancy your chances at online slot machine gaming, try out the many thrilling games at https://www.sunbets.co.uk/casino/.

Author bio
Katie Lamb is a freelance writer and has 10 years experience working in the casino industry.