I am not a high roller when it comes to much in life. I make a modest amount of money and try to only spend within my means. This makes gambling a treat for me, something that I cannot afford to do every day (although I have done a lot more of it recently). So when I first started getting into online gambling I was absolutely awestruck by the great deals I saw on website banners.
Wow! I can get a free chip when I sign up for an account with this casino?!? Count me in! I was so sure that this was a great deal and so eager to start playing and use my increased funds that I didn't pay attention to the terms and conditions of the offers. Consider my ass posthumously bitten.
When I took this bonus at the online casino I failed to look at what I actually had to do in order to redeem this great bonus. I hadn't noticed the wagering requirement for this bonus, which for honesty's sake I don't recall the exact amount but believe it was in the area of 40x the bonus amount. When I first started playing the games I thought I was in great shape, and really going to make bank with this offer. I then went to the cashier's screen and noticed that I wasn't getting very far in terms of the having money in the cash portion of my account. It was only then I saw the play through requirement was going to be almost $3,000. Then and only then I started doing my homework and figured out that only certain games were eligible for this bonus!
Starting to feel worried about this bonus, I decided I was going to find a slot game that I could live with and try to meet the requirement. I was gambling at an RTG casino called High Noon and thankfully found a game I semi-liked. The game was Aladdin's wishes and I sat down, figured out the auto play feature and got myself a Rockstar energy drink and prepared for a long night of spinning the reels.
I was doing pretty well, starting with a few hundred dollars and losing slightly for a while until I got these magic lamps that gave me several free spins with a bonus multiplier. I then would catch myself winning several hundred dollars and bleeding it slowly back to the casino until I hit more lamps. It was a methodical journey and I noticed the play through amount was getting slightly lower each time I checked.
I could live with this I thought. That was until I lost track of what I was doing and did something desperate.
It had been a while since I had checked the auto play feature and took a quick peek at it only to see that my bank total had dropped quite substantially. I had about $800 left in my account and still had $1,100 to wager on this play through. Realistically I should have been O.K. if I stayed the course and would have maybe walked away with some money, but I wasn't thinking rationally at this moment. Earlier I had noticed that I could go from playing Aladdin's Wishes to Blackjack and add funds to my account even if they hadn't counted towards the play through. I decided I was going to go play a couple of $100 hands of Blackjack and catch my total up to make sure I won something from the casino. Needless to say, the numbers were not on my side that night and I proceeded to drop from $800 down to $100 as quickly as it would take me to take a shot of whiskey.
Needless to say Aladdin's Wishes finished me off, and I walked away with nothing. If I had done a better job of paying attention to the terms and not tried to bump up my total with cards I honestly feel like I would have walked away with something. Even with the crappy outcome I am extremely happy with the experience I had, and my words of advice for any bonus gamblers are to read those terms and be mindful of what you are doing. Oh, and High Noon is a great spot to gamble. I love the layout and the games are better than a lot of other ones out there.