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Slots Return to Player (RTP)
RTP and volatility are the 2 most important mathematical characteristics of a slot game. They basically influence how much and how often you win.RTP (return to player, payout ratio or payout percentage) is the long-term statistical rate of total money won divided by total money wagered. This means that if the RTP of a game is 96%, and you start with €1,000,000,000 and then play 1,000,000,000 round ...
Jan 4, 2022
How slot machines are programmed
Running a casino and creating good games requires different sets of skills. Moreover, players like to play the same games over and over. Those are probably the reasons why specialized companies which focus solely on creating casino games were established.This is briefly how it works:
1- Casino initiates your gaming session.
2- Your browser communicates with the servers of the game provid ...
Jan 3, 2022
Slot Machine Myths
"Slots have cycles of winning combinations. You can win by observing these cycles and entering during a winning part of the cycle."This is a myth, as slots work on the basis of fair, random numbers. The casino advantage is hidden in the mathematics of the game, and there is absolutely no need to complicate the whole system with any kind of cycle.In fact, it is possible to ob ...
Jan 2, 2022
How do casinos make money with slot machines?
The simple answer to this question is that slot games are designed in a way that they pay out less than players bet in the long run.Imagine a simple game: you give me €1 and flip a coin. If you get heads, I’ll give you €1.50 back. If you get tails, you lose. It’s quite obvious that the chances are on my side. You can win if you are lucky and play only a few rounds, but I have a clear advantage in ...
Jan 1, 2022
Random Number Generator (RNG) in a Slot Machine
All fair BTC slot machine games have one thing in common: the outcome of each round is based solely on a random number provided by a Random Number Generator (RNG). The random number generated by the RNG "tells" the reels when to stop and therefore decides the game's outcome. This means that the same game with the same random number should always give the same result.The higher the v ...
Dec 31, 2021
How slots work
Slots are the most popular casino game. The basic rules of this game have not changed since 1899 when Charles Fay set up the first slot machine. A player bets and spins a set of reels with symbols. Each of these spinning reels stops at a random position. The player wins if the reels stop in a way that makes a line with the same symbols. The rarer the winning symbols, the higher the win amount. The ...
Dec 30, 2021
What should be done when a player abuses bonuses (2)
Example 3“If it appears that you are participating in strategies that we in our sole discretion deem to be promotional abuse or irregular playing we reserve the right to deny, withold, revoke or withdraw your entitlement to any promotion, winnigs or bonus or terminate your access to the website and block your account. In such circumstances we shall be under no obligation to refund any funds that m ...
Dec 29, 2021
What should be done when a player abuses bonuses (1)
If a casino identifies a bonus abuser, it is their right to exclude them from any future promotional offers or to ban them from playing in the casino altogether going forward. However, it is not acceptable to cancel the winnings they have already accumulated.Lets take a look at few examples of unfair rules and how related issues should be handled instead, in order to provide a fair, user-friendly ...
Dec 28, 2021
Why banning gambling patterns is unfair
All casino games are configured to give casinos a mathematical advantage, which leads to the casino always being profitable in the long run. This is a direct consequence of the mathematical laws that are present in casino games.The mathematical laws dictate that as long as the odds of individual outcomes remain unchanged (so the game has a fixed rate of return to player (RTP)), so no betting strat ...
Dec 27, 2021
Recommendations for players who play at casinos that are not "fair" or "fair and safe
Although you should always play in a "fair and secure", or at least "fair" casino, you may find yourself playing in a casino that does not meet any of these criteria. If this is the case, make sure you are very careful not to break any of the rules.A small example: most casinos only allow players from certain countries to play or take advantage of a bonus offer, as indicated in ...
Dec 26, 2021
Recommendations for players playing at “fair” casinos
If the casino does not meet the criteria for "fair and safe" casinos, but still treats its players fairly, there are some cautions that players should take. Not because casinos may try to trick you, but because some rules may be broken by accident, for example.When playing in "fair" BTC casinos online one must pay special attention to the following:
Players should create o ...
Dec 25, 2021
Recommendations to play at 'fair and safe' casinos
Ideally, when playing at 'fair and secure' top bitcoin casinos, players should make sure they provide correct information when registering. The same applies to payment methods, which should be made in the player's name.When taking advantage of a bonus offer, players should read the bonus terms and conditions so they know what they are getting into. Lastly, players should not exploit ...
Dec 24, 2021
“Our” definition of “Fair and Safe” Casinos
'Fair and safe' casinos are those that meet all criteria for 'fair' casinos and have also implemented measures that prevent players from accidentally doing something against the rules or their own best interests.'Fair and safe' casinos should therefore prevent players from accidentally breaking the terms and conditions (T&Cs), Bonus T&Cs or doing anything else ...
Dec 23, 2021
“Our” definition of “Fair” Casinos
A 'fair' casino is an online casino that:
Pays out all legitimate winningsDoesn't have any unfair clauses in its terms and conditions (T&Cs)Doesn't use any deceitful practices to trick playersEnforces restricted countries (doesn't allow players from these countries to create an account or play from them) and restricted bonuses (only gives bonuses to eligible playe ...
Dec 22, 2021
Transparency in an Online Casino
What information casinos should share with players?The return to player (RTP) of available games: The RTP of the game is arguably the most important mathematical characteristic of each casino game. It tells players which games are better and which are worse for them from a mathematical point of view.Game and account history logs: Giving players the possibility to look into their game history and f ...
Dec 21, 2021
Enforcing Casino rules
Whenever a casino finds out that a player has broken rules described in the Terms and Conditions (T&Cs), there are different approaches that can be used to handle the situation.In most cases, casinos inform players they have breached the T&Cs, their account is closed and winnings are cancelled, without providing any further information on what players have actually done wrong. In this case ...
Dec 20, 2021
Player verification and duplicate accounts
In a vast majority of casinos, players are only allowed to have one player account per casino. Opening more than one account is against the Terms and Conditions, and duplicate accounts are generally closed after being discovered.Most casinos only check for duplicate accounts as a part of the verification process, which is generally done when a player asks for a withdrawal. If a player wins somethi ...
Dec 19, 2021
Players have the ability to self-exclude themselves from playing at a certain casino as a part of responsible gambling practices. By using this feature, the players let the casino know that they don't want to be allowed to play during a certain period of time.In general, this decision cannot be reversed; the player must wait until the exclusion period is over before he can play again. Some ca ...
Dec 18, 2021
Bonus hunting (bonus abusing)
Bonus hunting (or bonus abusing) is a term used to describe the activity of actively and systematically trying to use online casino bonuses to make money. Casinos often include clauses about bonus abusers in their Terms and Conditions (T&Cs), allowing them to withhold the winnings of players suspected of being bonus abusers.Bonus abusers can be costly for online casinos. They try to use casino ...
Dec 17, 2021
Some casinos forbid using betting patterns in their Terms and Conditions (T&Cs). If a player is discovered to be using forbidden betting patterns, casinos often decline their withdrawals and confiscate their winnings.Casinos use this rule to protect themselves against bonus abusers, who can often be identified by their betting patterns. However, some casinos also apply this rule to regular pla ...
Dec 16, 2021
Deducting money from dormant accounts
Although casino accounts are very different from bank accounts, some players treat them similarly. If they leave money in their account, they expect to find it later, even if they have not played for a long period of time.Dormant accounts are accounts that haven't been used by players for a certain period of time. After a certain number of days (e.g. 180 days) of inactivity, some casinos grad ...
Dec 15, 2021
Casino bonuses are only generally offered to players from certain countries.Some casinos only list the restricted countries in the Bonus Terms and Conditions (T&Cs) for each specific bonus, claiming that their system is not able to ensure that only players from eligible countries get the bonus. This is extremely unfair towards players for reasons similar to those listed in the restricted count ...
Dec 14, 2021
The vast majority of casinos have a list of "restricted" countries. This means that players from these countries are not allowed to open an account and play at the online casino.Many casinos only state the restricted countries in their Terms and Conditions (T&Cs), so it's the responsibility of players to check whether they are allowed to play at them or not.Some casinos allow an ...
Dec 13, 2021
Withdrawal limits restrict how much players can withdraw in a certain period of time (e.g., one day, one week or one month).Withdrawal limits can create scenarios where a big win is paid out to a player in small tranches over a period of time. Sometimes, low withdrawal limits (or slower withdrawals) are not in force just because the casinos want to have them, but because of external factors such a ...
Dec 12, 2021
Maximum bet rule for bonus play
Most casinos restrict the maximum bet size for players who play with bonus money. Without the max bet rule, bonus abusers could get a bonus from a casino and try to quickly multiply it by placing big bets. If they succeed, the multiplied balance would allow them to easily meet the original wagering requirements and cash out their earnings. The max bet rule is therefore a valid rule used to prevent ...
Dec 11, 2021
Win limits and progressive jackpots
Progressive jackpots work differently than regular casino wins. They are generally paid out by the game provider who has created the game on which the jackpot has been won, not by the casino in which a player has managed to win it.After a progressive win, the game provider transfers the money to the lucky player, with the casino functioning as an intermediary. Therefore, it makes no sense (in most ...
Dec 10, 2021
Win limits in an Online Casino (2)
If casinos apply win limits because of laws and regulations that require them, there is nothing they can do about this. However, many casinos limit player wins at their own discretion without being told to do so by a regulator.Casinos use win limits to protect themselves against big wins that could pose a danger to their cashflow and profitability. An unexpectedly big win could be an existential t ...
Dec 9, 2021
Win limits in an Online Casino (1)
Some casinos enforce win limits that only allow players to win a limited amount of money in one game round or within a predefined period of time. Win limits can be calculated and applied in various ways:
Win in a game round: A limited win in a game round allows players to only win a certain amount in one slot machine spin, one roulette spin or in one game round on any other type of game.Total ...
Dec 8, 2021
Hidden and predatory rules in an Online Casino (3)
To better illustrate hidden and predatory rules and to help you understand them, you can find some examples of these unfair practices below.Max win based on deposited amount“If a player's accumulated deposit amount does not exceed 200€, player will be entitled only up to X10 last deposit. This maximum payout will be enforced also in cases where the player made additional deposits which were d ...
Dec 7, 2021
Hidden and predatory rules in an Online Casino (2)
When it comes to deciding whether some clauses are predatory or not, we should rely on our judgement and experience, as well online gambling best practices.The Terms and Conditions (T&Cs) should be written clearly so that they are easily and exactly understood by players. The entire system should be set up in a way that doesn't allow players to break the T&Cs unknowingly. All rules sh ...
Dec 6, 2021
Hidden and predatory rules in an Online Casino (1)
Each casino has its own terms and conditions (T&Cs) that specify the relationship between a player and the casino, as well as the rights and responsibilities of both parties. However, some casinos also apply rules that are not listed in their T&Cs (hidden rules) or include rules that go against the idea of fair gambling and are used to exploit players (predatory rules).There are couple of ...
Dec 5, 2021
Fair and safe casinos
Fair and safe casinos are those that meet all criteria to be fair casinos and have also implemented measures that prevent players from accidentally doing something against the rules or their own best interests. A fair and safe casinos takes an extra step towards protection of players.Fair and safe casinos should therefore prevent players from accidentally breaking the Terms and Conditions, Bonus T ...
Dec 4, 2021
A 'fair casino' is an online casino that:
Pays out all legitimate winningsDoesn't have any unfair clauses in their Terms and Conditions (T&Cs)Doesn't use any deceitful practices to trick playersEnforces restricted countries (doesn’t allow players from them to create an account or play from a restricted country) and restricted bonuses (only gives bonuses to eligible pla ...
Dec 3, 2021
Bonus hunting is the intentional abuse of bonuses, in order to make a long term profit. The golden era of bonus hunting was 10 years ago, when it was enough to know how to play Blackjack, and players could get to a decent amount of winnings from bonuses alone.Naturally, casinos try to prevent such abuse, and so today, bonus hunting is harder and more risky than before. Contemporary bonus hunting i ...
Dec 2, 2021
What to be aware of with bonuses
You should only play in casinos with a good reputation. You can try to find information about the reputation of a casino by searching for "name of casino complaints" using a search engine or looking up the casino on the industry website askgamblers.com. If you find multiple justified complaints, do not open an account with this casino, no matter how attractive the bonuses are that it off ...
Dec 1, 2021
General bonus conditions
Casino bonus allocation and withdrawal is only available after meeting certain conditions. Be sure to carefully read the detailed version of the conditions on the casino’s website. If you don’t understand anything, do not hesitate to contact the casino customer support.Basic bonus conditions include:
Only one account opened and only one bonus per person, household, IP address, email address, ...
Nov 30, 2021
Basic types of bonuses
Deposit bonus - You get a bonus credit according to the amount you have deposited. Most commonly you get 50%, or 100% of your deposit, and sometimes even 200% or 300% or more. The maximum bonus amount is usually limited. Deposit bonuses are promoted by offering deals like "150% bonus up to €150". However, watch out for other bonus conditions, especially wagering requirements and maximum ...
Nov 29, 2021
How Do Online Casino Bonuses Work?
Free casino bonuses have become an essential marketing tool for online casinos, crucial in attracting new customers and for the retention of the existing ones. In the past, there used to be many bonuses with tricky conditions that made it impossible for players to withdraw any winnings.However, with an increased competition and the pressure from licensing authorities, the situation has dramaticall ...
Nov 28, 2021
Some important things to take away from the last few articles:
Payout percentage of games of chance applies only when considering a single game round. Your real expected return will be lower due to re-betting previous winnings.You statistically lose on every bet. A fewer bets means a smaller statistical profit for the casino.The RTP of your betting system depends on the RTP of the game, varia ...
Nov 27, 2021
How bet size affects the RTP of a betting system
Win amounts in games of chance are usually calculated using the bet size. The overall payout ratio of your betting system is therefore also affected by the size of your bets. The rule of thumb is simple: The higher the size of your bets, the higher (usually) the RTP of your betting system. We assume that all the other rules and parameters of the betting system, including the initial bankroll, rema ...
Nov 26, 2021
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