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In a Casino Listings exclusive, we believe we have discovered the luckiest gambler in the history of the world. A punter recently won an astounding 20kg of gold bullion and another $360,000+ in cash in a winning spree across 20 separate casinos.
In an amazing coincidence, each of these casinos is operated by the same company, Engage Entertainment Group Inc. For those of you unfamiliar with this operator, it is the name for the supposedly "new ownership" of the company that was previously known as TopGame Technology. Sources we have spoken to dispute that claim and we are lead to believe that despite the new corporate structure and the rebranding of TopGame games and software to Pragmatic Play, the same people are still in charge.
Anyway, back to the master punter, known only as doodlebugger21, and his quite incredible winning streak. The lucky player has somehow defied the odds by winning a kilogram gold bullion bar in "The Golden Raffle" promotion at each of the following casinos:
In another amazing coincidence, the layout and wording for the page describing the win is identical across the entire slate of casinos, apart from the name of the casino which changes depending on the site you are visiting. The introductory puffery on each site reads as follows:
The online casino world is an ever-changing environment that offers countless entertainment options. [Casino name here] has managed to stand out and make its mark in the online casino world by creating some of the most exciting promotions, tournaments and giveaways!
From newcomers to devoted members, there is a game for everyone at [Casino name here]
To show our appreciation to loyal members and players, our team at [Casino name here] gave away a 1kg Gold Bar in February's "The Golden Raffle" promotion! The winner of the event is our casino member doodlebugger21, who is no stranger to taking home some big jackpots!
Here is the story of our gold bar winner
The 20 kilograms of bullion equates to just over 44 pounds of pure gold, which as of press time had a value of $813,304. But that is not all! It also looks like his winning streak has continued at each of these casinos, as he withdrew $18,000 - $19,000 a few days before he gave the interview at each of the sites he won the gold bar from, truly making his lucky streak unbelievable, with another $360,000 - $380,000 in total winnings to bank.
doodlebugger21 is a real winner, in that he never seems to stray from his strategy when it comes to celebrating a big win, or what he plans to do with the bullion. It does appear that the punter is confused when it comes to whiskey though, as he claimed to pop open a bottle of Blue Label when he won the gold bar, as well as some Scotch (Blue Label is a type of Scotch). Maybe he likes to create his own blend?
The big winner is going to take a hold strategy with his gold, saying that he will put the bullion on display next to his other souvenirs and will never sell it. We'd prefer to imagine that he actually filled a swimming pool full of gold and enjoys jumping into it off a spring board, Scrooge McDuck style, now and then.
Would it surprise you to learn that all of this did not happen as claimed by these casinos of dubious honesty? No? Me neither.
First up, notice the claim that he won the gold in "February's The Golden Raffle Promotion." Our first question was which February is that? A bit of date restricted Googling and a search through the Internet Archive Wayback Machine reveals that the promotion actually took place in February 2014, two and a half years ago now. Never let the details get in the way of claiming a recent big winner seems to be the mantra at these casinos! And better yet, the promotion was only run at one of these casinos, Rich Casino. Our experience with this casino has been extremely unpleasant, with a litany of players complaining of delays and non payment of winnings. It has been blacklisted here at Casino Listings for as long as I can remember.
It must also be noted that if the payouts of his winnings were to take place by the rules that Engage Entertainment Group has put into place of €1000 per week, he might be waiting a long time to receive his money. We have no word on whether the casinos are dividing the gold bars into €1000 nuggets and mailing them out one week at a time though, nor whether he has been banned from the casinos for "promotional abuse".
The burning question is, of course, is doodlebugger21 a genuine customer and winner of a gold bar from Rich Casino? If the operators of these casinos are willing to falsely claim that this player has won a 1kg gold bar and more than $18,000 independently at 20 different casinos, it doesn't require a huge leap to question whether it would have been beyond them to have faked the entire thing. To this end we have tried our best Google search skills and asked some industry contacts but have been unable to find any independent corroboration of the claim. The only things we have turned up are company supplied press releases describing the win, reprinted whole by various casino affiliate sites. Of course the "new owners" of Topgame, sorry Pragmatic Play, at Engage Entertainment Group Inc would have no knowledge of past promotions like that so it would be pointless to ask them. Maybe we should start a #finddoodlebugger21 internet campaign or something.
The majority of the casinos mentioned in this story have been blacklisted by Casino Listings, given the slow withdrawal processes, horrible terms, history of dubious conduct by TopGame's ownership, and more. Consider this a salutary lesson to not believe everything you read, especially when it comes to claims made by dubious online casinos. It should go without saying but just in case, we'd consider it almost impossible for you to have the same luck that doodlebugger21 has had and we recommend that you only play at trustworthy casinos.