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I remember the first time i jumped in and decided to make a deposit. It was at Full Tilt Poker. I think the first time diving in unchartered waters can make us nervous, i know i was. Once i got comfortable and saw it was legit and i could really get paid i decided to take my chances at the casinos. My first ever casino i played at was InterCasino.
Where was the first place you ever played and were you nervous?
Golden Palace casino. They had a 300% cashable first deposit bonus and a friend had told me about how easy it was to blackjack whore for a nice profit. So I gave it a go and he was right. I was very nervous, especially when they phoned me to check my identity (in hindsight I was probably one of the most blatant "bonus abusers" they ever saw with my ultra low risk 3x $1 hands the whole time) but I couldn't believe how easy it was in the end. Now that I am a lot older and wiser I can't believe they were allowing blackjack playthrough on such a generous bonus!
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My first try online was at Virgin Casino. I guess I went for the well known and trusted brand name. I still play there to this day and have never had any problems getting paid so it turned out to be a good choice. But the bad thing was it built up my confidence to a point where I didn't check a site thoroughly before playing and I ended up being taken by Cool Cat Casino when they refused to pay a few thousand in winnings. But you live and learn...
I watched a friend play a free slot tournament at English Harbour and then registered there myself. About 10 days later I got an email from WinPalace with a free $80 no deposit required offer - so I took them up on it and lost. I had never been to another casino site besides English Harbour and had just opened a new free email account - EH must have shared my email address with WinPalace.
Then I googled online casinos or free casino tournaments and found a few sites like this one and learned about No Deposit Bonuses. I have not yet made a real money deposit, maybe when the free chips are gone?
I am sure once you get the bug you will place a deposit. Those bonuses and free chips are great, but they don't last forever. I myself love English Harbour and deposit to play tournaments regularly. My advice is if a high prize finish seems out of reach, play it safe. Many times you can win $25-$50 by playing it safe; not bad when you only put a $5 or $10 tournament fee down. Don't risk it all for the big bucks when you have a guaranteed thing.
That's what I have done anyway.
Good advice slim. I used to play those tournaments myself religiously. They used to be far easier to win on too - in fact many times all you had to do was pay $5 or $10 to enter, then make 5 single line 1c spins and leave your balance sitting at $999.95 to collect $25. Then rinse and repeat at every casino in the group. Unfortunately they tightened things up after a while!
Insomniac, I doubt English Harbour were deliberately sharing your address with a competing casino, particularly as you were a brand new customer. However, it is possible that an employee there is doing it on the sly. Try to use a unique email address for each new casino you sign up to. That way you can be absolutely certain who gave your address away. Instructions on how to do that with gmail without signing up for a whole new account every time are in this post here: http://www.casinolistings.com/forum/support/help/9600/gold-vip-casino#co...
I don't mind if they really sell it anyway because i don't use my personal email at casinos. But i do mind when a casino will call me and i have never heard of them. Been happening to me alot lately and of all places sportsbooks.
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