The Online Casino Bonus

When playing at online casinos, you are offered many bonuses. It is important to know all the details about a bonus before you decide to accept it. Different casinos have different rules, but the information below is everything you should know about bonuses without going into the specific rules of each casino.The Welcome Bonus is something that is offered at pretty much every online casino. It definitely comes in handy, allowing you to bet more for bigger wins, and extending the play time on your deposit. The welcome bonus is usually the largest bonus you will get from that casino, though sometimes they will offer several bonuses, or an ongoing bonus as a welcome gift.An example would be offering an unlimited 200% deposit bonus for the first week. That means every deposit made during your first week at the casino will be awarded a 200% bonus. Deposit $100 and get $200, giving you $300 to play with. If you lose that, or cash out, you can deposit again and receive the same award.Sometimes a bonus is ‘sticky’, meaning it cannot be cashed out along with your winnings, and there can also be a maximum amount you are allowed to cash out. This is usually the case with No Deposit Bonuses, while deposit bonuses are normally cashable and do not have maximum withdrawal restrictions.An example of this would be offering a $60 free chip (or “no deposit bonus”) that comes with wagering requirements (explained below) and a maximum cash-out of $300. This is usually a ‘sticky’ bonus, so if you complete the wagering requirements and have over $360, request a withdrawal of $360 to get the maximum $300 cash-out (as the $60 bonus is removed during withdrawal).Make sure you read the bonus Terms and Conditions before you decide to play with a bonus. This way you know exactly what the specific bonus conditions and wagering requirements are, as they differ from casino to casino.Most casino bonuses advertised are for playing slot games, though many casinos also offer bonuses for card and table games, or allow play on all games with certain conditions. It is very important if you take a slot bonus, that you do not play any restricted games (like blackjack and roulette are usually restricted) or you may forfeit any winnings. That is why it’s important to read the Terms and Conditions of the bonus at that casino.Bonuses almost always come with Wagering Requirements (WR) which usually prevents you from withdrawing until you have wagered a certain amount of money. For this reason, some people decide not to play with bonuses. You can play without bonuses by either not redeeming a coupon before a deposit, or if it is automatic you can ask customer service (via live chat or email) to stop the bonus from being applied to your deposit(s).Most bonuses at MicroGaming casinos have a WR of the bonus x (a certain multiplier, usually 30x). As you wager, the bonus credits are moved into your cash balance, but you must still complete the full WR before you can withdraw.Most bonuses at Playtech and RealTimeGaming casinos have a WR of Deposit + Bonus x (a certain multiplier, usually 20-30x). I don’t really like this WR system as it throws the deposit in to the equation.For a comparison between the two systems, we’ll use an example of depositing $100 with a 100% bonus at both ‘MG Casino’ (MicroGaming) and ‘RTG Casino’ (RealTimeGaming). At ‘MG Casino’, the WR would be $100×30 = $3000. At ‘RTG Casino’, the WR would be $100+$100 x 20 = $4000. That’s quite a difference, and consider that 20% is almost the lowest offered at RealTimeGaming casinos, it is usually 25x or even 30x.The wagering comes from placing bets on casino games. Different types of games are weighted differently when it comes to wagering, that is if you are allowed to play other types of games with the bonus. If you can play all games on the bonus, blackjack and roulette for example are usually weighted much lower than slots, and some games don’t count at all. Slots are almost always weighted at 100%, meaning every dollar spent counts as a dollar towards the WR.These wagering requirements may seem like a large amount of money to wager, but when playing slots, you win your bet back and more often enough that you don’t really realize how much you have wagered.I personally like to play with a bonus because, at the very least, it gives you more playing time on your deposit.Again, make sure you read the Terms and Conditions for any bonus you decide to take, before you start playing. Some bonuses don’t allow you to play certain games, and if you do, the online casino has the right to remove the bonus and any winnings.

How to Play Craps and Win!

When I go to Vegas I usually spend most of my time playing poker but if I do want to take a shot at some table games it’s going to be Craps. Some of my fondest memories at a casino are playing Craps. When the table is hot there is nothing better. In this article I’ll give you a basic strategy that will give you the best chance at leaving the table with more chips than you bought in for.How to PlayA lot of people are intimidated by the craps table and therefore avoid it. For some reason a lot of people think it’s a complicated game. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Craps is a very simple game. Lets start with the basics.The Come Out RollThe initial roll is called the come out roll. This is where the point is established. When you roll the dice the number is going to be between 2 and 12. Here the three things that are possible on the come out roll:
You roll a 7 or 11 and win
You roll a 2, 3, or 12 and lose
You roll a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10 and that becomes the pointOnce a point is established it’s as simple as rolling that number again before you roll a 7. For example if the point is established as a 6 then you will keep rolling the dice until you either roll a 6 and win or roll a 7 and lose. There are a ton of other bets you can make but this is the basic Craps strategy.The Pass LineThis is where you want to place your initial bet. For easy math let’s say it’s a $10 minimum table and you put down $10. You or the shooter(the person rolling the dice) rolls a 7 on the come out. Guess what? Everyone cheers and you get paid $10 by the dealer. The great thing about Craps is all the players are on the same team against the casino. There is an exception to this and I’ll address that later but for now let’s dive further into proper strategy for you to win some money.Free OddsAssume for now that on the next roll we still have our $10 on the pass line and the shooter rolls a 10. Now the point becomes 10 and the shooter must roll the 10 again before he rolls a 7. Now we have the option to take odds on our 10. You definitely want to take the odds because they are free. That means that the casino has no edge on this bet. You want to take the maximum odds. For most casinos here are the max odds:
4 and 10 is 3x your pass line bet ($30 on a $10 bet)
5 and 9 is 4x your pass line bet ($40)
6 and 8 is 5x your pass line bet $(50)So you are going to toss $30 to the dealer and say “odds on my 10 please.” You now have $40 in play and here’s what you’ll win if the shooter rolls a 10:
$10 on the pass line bet
$60 on your odds bet because 4 and 10 pay 2 to 1Collect your $70 in winnings and your $30 odds bet and put it in the rack. It’s that easy! Unless of course the shooter rolls a 7 and in that case you would lose $40. In a similar scenario if your point was 5 or 9 you would have been paid 3 to 2 on your odds bet of $40 which would also equal $60 and on a 6 or 8 you are being paid 6 to 5 on your $50 odds bet which again would be $60. The casino does this to make it easier for their dealers. The odds payout will be the same amount no matter which number you hit as long as you took max odds.Always Take Max OddsOn the pass line bet in Craps the casino gets a 1.4% edge. Meaning that over time after hundreds or thousands or rolls the casino is going to win on average $1.40 for every $100 that is bet. It’s simple math and it’s the reason they can build those beautiful hotels and can afford to comp you a free room if you play long enough. So why take max odds? Because is you do you lower the house edge to about 0.7% and cut in half their edge. That is as good of a bet you are going to find in the casino unless you can count cards in blackjack and I’m guessing you can’t or you wouldn’t be reading this article. By taking the max free odds you can only expect to lose $.70 over time for every $100 you bet. That’s pretty cheap entertainment if you factor in that the cocktail waitress is going to bring you as many free drinks as you want.So How Do You Make Money?Always sign up for the casino’s players club and take advantage of comps or freebies the casino is willing to reward you with for gambling with them. One thing you can do to help your comps is to buy in for more than you are willing to gamble with. For example, I never buy in for less than $1,000 even though the way I am playing I only need about $300. The secret to being profitable in Craps is to quit while you’re ahead. Groundbreaking stuff I know but it’s really as easy as that. Craps is a very streaky game. The table will go cold, hot, and choppy. When the table is cold quit playing. Take a break or find another table but when you go to the next table buy in for $1,000 again and if you do that 4 or 5 times in a day the casino may think your bankroll is much bigger that it actually is and be willing to bring you back by sending you a free room in the mail. It may be a minor thing but every little thing helps. As long as the table is hot keep playing and you might even want to bump up your bets a little if it gets real hot but as soon as it cools down take your profits and cash out. Stay away from other bets such as the field or other one roll bets on the table. These are called sucker bets for a reason. Only play the pass line with full odds.Recap
Get a players card
Buy in for more $$$ than you plan to play with
Place your initial bet on the pass line for the come out roll
Take max odds once the point is established
Keep playing as long as the table is hot
Cash out when the table cools down