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While some people claim to play online casinos with real money ‘just for fun’, I’m sure that the majority of us play in the hope of winning.  I think I fall somewhere in the middle – I want to win of course, but I want to have fun doing it!  Even though I admit my profit has only been made due to the advantage of using bonuses, I do not ‘abuse’ them by playing just the lowest risk games allowed and seeing if I can sneak off with a tiny proportion of the bonus.   But whatever your motives, if you are really serious about trying to win you need to set yourself some basic ground rules, and these are my recommendations:-


Never play with money you are not prepared to lose

I don’t want to preach, because I’m sure you’re all pretty sensible out there, but please do not gamble with money you are not prepared to lose and can not afford to lose.  Gambling which gets out of control wrecks lives as much as drugs or drinking. Financially more so in fact; you could never drink $1,000 worth of booze in one day – but you could lose that in minutes at a casino!  Although I personally did use online gambling to help clear my debts, I am not recommending that anyone else try to do the same.


Always record ALL your transactions

I know exactly how much profit or loss I’ve made since 2001 – but only because I recorded everything. I recommend that all players should do this so that they keep their gambling under control and know if they truly are winning or losing.  I do mine on an Excel spreadsheet, but it could also easily be done by keeping a little ledger in a note book.  Make sure you record EVERY deposit & EVERY withdrawal – no cheating now!


Read & Understand the Bonus T&C’s

If you’re claiming a bonus always read all the T&C’s related to it before you deposit.  In particular look for; How much do you need to wager to qualify? Is the bonus withdrawable once qualified? What games do not count towards WR? What games must you not play at all during WR?  If there’s anything in the T&C’s that are not 100% clear to you, use live chat or an e-mail the casino & ask!  (Or e-mail me & I’ll try to answer!)


Record the T&C’s

Casino T&C’s can change surprisingly frequently, so when you first sign up and each time you take a bonus record the T&C’s at the time for future reference.  Either print them out or take an ‘electronic’ copy, or both!  I usually take a dated screenshot & copy it onto a Word document and also copy & paste the text on to the same document (easier to read!).


Wait for your bonus!

At some casinos (particularly MG’s) you may have to wait up to 24hrs for your bonus after depositing and/or claiming it. DO NOT start playing before the bonus hits your account. I know it’s tempting – but bets placed before the bonus arrives will NOT count towards your WR! (Except some PlayTechs & WagerWorks places – check the T&C’s)


Record your wagers

Make sure you know how much you’ve wagered if qualifying for a bonus.  CryptoLogic casinos have brilliant ‘Log Viewers’ accessed from the main menu in the casino which makes adding up your wagers child’s-play! They even have a ‘Copy to Clipboard’ button so you can easily paste it onto a spreadsheet & add up your wagers in seconds!  All other softwares (that I’ve seen) have either crap, or non-existent log facilities – so I keep track manually.  For cards; I use four 1p coins & twenty 5p coins on my desk, 1p = one casino credit. As I place my wagers I slide the corresponding number of coins to one side. Once all twenty 5p coins have moved I record 100 credits wagered & start again!  For slots I record the number of spins (usually by using autoplay) and multiply by the cost of each spin.  Again I use a spreadsheet, but you could just as easily manually write it down & add it up.


Be patient, patient, patient!

By their very nature most gamblers are impatient. They all want the same thing – a quick profit! Otherwise they wouldn’t gamble – they’d just stick their cash in the building society for the annual 5% interest.  So don’t be in a great rush to meet the WR qualify for your bonus.  If you do, you are more likely to place larger and more risky bets.  There is no hurry – all bonuses I’ve ever seen have at least 30 days to meet the WR. Take your time with several different sessions – get some good playing time for your money!  (I once took 3-4 weeks to do a slots-only $8,000 WR at an MG casino – and made $375 profit!)


Don’t abuse the monthlies!

Decent monthly bonus offers are getting fewer & further between these days, so make sure you don’t get excluded from any by a playing style which the casino could deem ‘abusive’ even though not breaking any of their specific T&C’s.  Eg. Don’t just play one low-risk game for the whole WR. Try to wager a bit more than the required WR.  Avoid depositing, meeting all the WR and withdrawing all in one visit to the casino.


Don’t push or chase

If you’re having a great run of luck don’t push it too far, or if you’re having a dire session, don’t chase your losses (believe me – we’ve all done it!). Set yourself max win/loss targets before you start playing each game – and stick to them. Once reached, switch to a different game!


If you’re making money – don’t waste it!

If you’re having a good month or just a good winning streak at a casino – don’t go mad and lose your profit by doing crazy big bets, or playing games with low chances of winning.   By all means have a ‘little dabble’ like this, but make sure you don’t waste too much – you never know what rotten luck might be waiting for you in the next casino….!


Have fun!

If you are taking your gambling too seriously, thinking about it all the time or getting stressed & depressed when you lose, maybe you should be asking yourself if you should be gambling in the first place.  Remember that gambling is really just a form of entertainment that you are paying for – the house edge is always going to be against you, and you are expected to lose… doesn’t mean you have to though! J


Take care – and be LUCKY!!




































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