June 22

Online Casino Games: Can You Cheat

Most people are clueless about how to cheat online casinos. Most of the time, it truly is ‘mission impossible’ for the average gambler to accomplish. After all, casinos spend millions of dollars on preventing players from taking hefty sums out of their pockets.

As ethics is our second name, we’ll not go over other methods that include stealing other people’s data (and credit cards) as it could both get you in jail and attract some really bad karma.

Still, there is hope for the ‘honest’ cheaters: Bonus abuse is the most common cheating strategy, and it’s the one you’re most likely to succeed with.

While writing this article, we consulted experts at www.onlinecasinosonline.co.za to provide you with the best possible explanation of this complex cheating method:

Abusing Casino Bonus

Abusing an online casino’s signup bonus offer is the most common and probably the simplest way to cheat them. Some players may argue that this isn’t even cheating. After all, the bonus is there for the taking, and as long as the terms and conditions are met, how are you cheating?

In case you’re unfamiliar with casino signup bonuses, let us explain them in more detail.

When you join an online casino, you are usually given an incentive to do so. This is usually in the form of free chips or credit, expressed as a percentage of your deposit.

For example, you could join a casino that offers a signup bonus of 100% of your deposit up to $1000.

The casino will match any amount you deposit up to $1000 in the form of chips. If you deposit $1,000, you will receive an additional $1,000 to play with. Instead of a $1000 bankroll, you’d start with a $2000 bankroll.

These bonuses are classified as either cashable or non-cashable.

A cashable bonus is one that can be cashed out once you’ve met the wagering requirements set by the casino. (I’ll have more to say about wagering requirements in the near future.)

A non-cashable bonus is one that cannot be redeemed for cash. Non-cashable bonuses are further classified as sticky and non-sticky bonuses.

But first, let’s go over the wagering requirements.

Casinos require you to wager a certain amount before you can cash out. This is usually in the form of a deposit multiplied by a bonus. For example, before you can cash out, you may be required to wager 35X your deposit plus a bonus.

If you start with $1000 and receive a $1000 bonus, you will have a total of $2000. With a 35X wagering requirement, you must wager $70,000 before you can cash out.

At first glance, a novice might think that’s impossible, but keep in mind that your bets will win a percentage of the time rather than lose.

If you had a cashable bonus, you could withdraw any remaining funds in your account.

If you had a non-cashable bonus, it would be unavailable to cash out, but anything else in your account would be available to cash out.

If your non-cashable bonus is a phantom bonus, when you cash out, the amount simply disappears from your balance.

You can only cash out $500 if you have a non-cashable bonus. If it’s a phantom bonus, the other $1000 will vanish from your account, leaving you with nothing. If it’s a sticky bonus, you could cash out the $500 and play with the remaining $1000. (You couldn’t, however, cash out the $1000.)

Some players understand that if they play the right games with the right strategies, their expected loss will be low enough to guarantee a statistical profit.

For example, if you played perfect strategy blackjack against a 0.5% house edge, you’d only expect to lose $350. This would leave you with $1650 in your account. If it were a cashable bonus, you’d expect a profit of $650.

But that’s just a statistical expectation. Your outcomes may differ in real life. However, the more bets you place, the more likely you are to get the expected results.

Of course, if it’s a non-cashable bonus, you’re not likely to profit.

Casino’s Payback Time

However, casinos thwart this in a variety of ways:

For starters, they usually limit your play to games with the highest house edge. If you play slot machines with an average house edge of 5% (which is better than the average slot machine game), you should expect to lose $3500 rather than $350.

You’d be statistically likely to go bankrupt in that situation.

Casinos that do not limit your play will occasionally only give you partial credit for games with a low house edge. I’ve seen casinos that only count 10% of your blackjack wagers toward your wagering requirements. In our example above, this means you’d have to put $700,000 into action before cashing out.

If you can find a situation where you can see a mathematical profit from the casino bonus, be aware that the casino is aware of advantage players like you. Almost all online casinos have a clause in their terms and conditions that allows them to refuse withdrawals to players who have a betting pattern that appears to be bonus abuse.

How to Avoid Being Cheated by a Casino

If you’re concerned that you can get scammed, there are a few steps you can take to ensure that the casino you’re playing at is fair:

1. Verify casino licenses and safety precautions.

Always play at an online casino that is licensed by a government entity, and only play slot games that have been tested by an independent agency.

2. Examine the slot’s payout percentage.

The RTP (return to player) percentage of the slot machine should be available under the slot’s information and should be easy to find online. Only play at online casinos that are committed to accuracy and fairness and have their games regularly monitored and audited.

3. Examine online reviews

Finally, read reviews and look for complaints about any online casino you’re considering joining.

Is Bonus Abuse Unethical?

Our point of view is that it is only cheating if you do not follow the terms and conditions of the signup bonus. You are not cheating if you meet the requirements set by the casino for the bonus.

The casinos, on the other hand, have a different viewpoint. They will notice if you only gamble enough to meet the wagering requirements for withdrawal. The bottom line is, always play smart!


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Kyrie Mattos