When not to self exclude at an online casino

I recently experienced a problem when self excluding at an online casino and this post is to warn others not to self exclude at casinos unless you have a genuine gambling problem.

Back in 2015, I signed up at Betspin casino. Unbeknown to me, they charge a fee when making deposits when using a debit card. I don’t believe in this practice so I self excluded myself from the casino for a period of one year. The self exclusion would mean that no promotional material or contact from the casino would be made for this period of time.

Fast forward almost a year later, and a new casino entered the market: Rizk Casino. Not knowing that this casino was under the same license as Betspin (and as I later found out Guts Casino), I registered, took the deposit bonus and played this out unsuccessfully in terms of getting financial gain from it.

Some weeks later, I wanted to make another deposit only to find out that my account was blocked and to contact their live chat. I did just that and it was then that I found out that because I self excluded at Betspin, all the accounts under the same license were blocked which included Rizk and also Guts.

In all fairness to both Rizk and Guts casino, they did refund me the deposits as they are required to do under the terms of their license.

As an online gambler, you don’t always know which casinos are trading under the same license and for that reason I recommend you don’t self exclude from any online casino unless the reason for the self exclusion is because of a gambling problem.

Three Dead or Alive sessions played on 12th September 2015

Three casinos, three sessions on the Netent slot Dead or Alive with the same result – no significant wins.

The first of the three sessions was at Guts Casino. The money played through was free thanks to winnings on 10 free spins on Starburst (£0.90) and 55 free spins on Dead or Alive. Total starting point was therefore £5.85.

This lasted a total of 325 spins (RTP of 80%) with 5 bonus rounds paying an average of 11x bet. No big winning pay lines during normal play.

Play through was as follows:

A few click with the mouse later, and Unibet casino was loaded into the web browser. A deposit of £25 started off pretty well with one bonus round paying 130x bet. This luck didn’t last very long and the session lasted a total of 801 spins on a mixture of £0.18 and £0.09 bets. A very disappointing 2 bonus rounds in total during the session with a low overall RTP of just 72.4%:

The final of the three sessions was at Videoslots with free money thanks to cashback and race money. 566 spins later and we’re still awaiting the win line:

Dead or Alive session at Unibet on 8th September 2015

The last session before work calls was one at Unibet casino. A total of £25 was deposited.

Unlike previous sessions, all of the spins were made at £0.09 a go rather than starting higher and decreasing as the balance drops. The reason for this is to get as many spins in as cheap as possible to get to a total number of spins that gets closer to the slot giving a wild line.

Whilst this way of playing the machine is not guaranteed to result in the desired effect, it must be remembered that the more you play the slot the greater the chance of a big win. The key to being in profit is the amount you put in before that win comes. Anything less than the win and you’re in profit, anything more and you have reduced your losses.

The session lasted a disappointing 1,587 spins with just the 9 bonus rounds (one every 176 spins on average) that paid a paltry 21x bet on average. What this session kept going were the whiskey jars and sheriff badges wins.

Play statistics are as follows:

There will be no more play until Saturday when play will resume with free money. So far £5 earned via Videoslot’s weekly race, cashback money to come this Friday from Videoslots too and lastly any winnings from the 25 free spins on Starburst and the 55 free spins on Dead or Alive at Guts casino.

Out of interest, since the last mega win on this slot, a total of 12,175 spins have been made with a total of 70 bonus rounds. Is it time for a big win during the next session or two?

Reasonable play at Guts casino on Dead or Alive slot

This was my 1st deposit at Guts casino. I usually don’t deposit at casinos that charge you a fee when depositing money with a Visa debit card, but because of a contest on the Casinomeister forum and the 100% deposit match bonus, I made an exception.

The £25 that was deposited turned instantly into £50 with a very high wagering requirement. A big win was therefore not desired. The purpose of this session was to get more spins and bonus rounds under the belt.

Some 616 spins into the session I almost hit the wild line for a big win with more than £750 still to be wagered. On this occasion, thankfully the win was 346x bet. As always, the bonus round win was captured on video and posted on our Youtube channel:

The overall session returned to player 84.5% of the amount wagered with a total of 2,168 spins on a mixture of £0.27, £0.18 and £0.09 bets. Total bonus rounds given by the slot was 14, meaning that it triggered every 154 spins on average.

Session statistics are as follows:

25 free spins on Starburst slot are coming my way tomorrow as well as 55 free spins on Dead or Alive, so hopefully winnings from these are going to give me some more play time at this casino.

Dead or Alive session at Unibet on 6th and 7th September 2015

In the quest to get those 5 scatters during normal play at the Netent slot Dead or Alive, a deposit of £25 was made at Unibet casino last night. The session was split over two days.

The first 100 spins were made at £0.18 a go but there was nothing significant to report or anything to get excited about. To make the money last, the best size was quickly dropped to £0.09 which lasted another 975 spins making the total RTP for the session 76.4%.

A total of 6 bonus rounds were awarded that paid on average 25x the bet size.

It has now been 8,520 spins and 48 bonus rounds since the last 5 wild line win. According to posts on forums on the internet, it takes 125 bonus rounds on average for this kind of win to be given by the slot. Those same posts also calculate a bonus round every 125 spins. According to these calculations, every 125 x 125 = 15,625 spins you should get a big win.

If we were to go by that scenario, play over the next 7,105 spins should result in 77 bonus rounds (or a bonus round every 92 spins) which given recent play time is very unlikely.

I have therefore signed up at Guts casino for a 100% deposit match to make the money last longer. Furthermore, 55 free spins on Dead or Alive will be credited to my account thanks to a contest on the Casinomeister forum. In addition to this, I will get some wager free spins on Starburst.

The play statistics for the Unibet session are as follows: