caEric Luo
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4 November 2015 - 8:32pm

how to use phantom bonuses correctly

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Hi, I saw a casino who offered a no WR phantom bonus Can amy one tell me how to use it properly?

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5 November 2015 - 12:58am

Mathematically the best thing to do is wager with the highest variance possible. i.e. wager your total deposit + bonus in one go. For maximum variance you pick a slot machine for the initial big bet but if you want to lower variance and increase your success rate you can try blackjack or baccarat or roulette (if allowed).

Reality may intrude on that because:
1. You will lose most times when doing this as the variance is huge.
2. You may not be able to claim the bonus more than once, or even enough times to hit a win.
3. Most casinos now have bet size limits when you claim a bonus for this exact reason.
4. Blackjack, baccarat, roulette and other lower variance games are often disallowed on a bonus.
5. Bad casinos will ban you for violation of "spirit of the bonus" clauses even if you meet all the other T&Cs.

Therefore usually the best you can do is wager the maximum amount allowed under the T&Cs until or if you hit a target balance (eg 2x or 4x your deposit & bonus). If you stick to slots you're less likely to be fingered for "spirit of the bonus" clauses.

If you don't want to say publicly which casino this is, that is ok. If you want a second opinion on the casino's reliability PM me, as we came across a casino with a similar offer recently but it was terrible and I have my doubts about them. If it is the same place I would not recommend you playing there.

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