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Weekly Bonus Offers on Most Games Available Starting Today at Lucky Red Online Casino

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010
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Let’s talk weekly bonuses and promotions shall we?

At Lucky Red online casino, they say “you need never play without a bonus”. I’m guessing that means there is always a free cash bonus available every time you make a deposit. Turns out, Lucky Red isn’t lying. Now, I’m not partial to Lucky Red or anything, but this Real Time Gaming software-powered online casino does indeed have plenty of free bonus money to offer, including some great weekly offers covering just about all of the 120+ casino games available for download.

Also available in Flash (for all you Mac user’s and anyone with a penchant for quick access), Lucky Red is one of the few U.S. facing online casinos owned and managed by a UK-based company. From the same folks behind the popular Club World Casinos group (catering to UK, Euro and US players), Lucky Red’s customer operations are located in Manchester, UK at Cross Street M2 4JU under the business name, Steam Packet House. Read the OCS Lucky Red Casino Review for more information.

Now…back to the topic at hand: weekly bonus offers.  Lucky Red currently has six different bonus coupons available for returning depositors starting today and lasting through Monday, August 16th. Split into two promo’s the first set of bonus offers consists of a slots/keno/scratch card coupon that can be claimed up to a total of thirty times (25x play-through).

On Tuesday, August 10th (that’s today, for all you floaters like myself), unlimited bonus money worth 50% of one’s deposit is available (on 10 deposits, bonus code SHERLOCKA). On Wednesday, August 11th and Thursday the 12th, the same exact offer is available with the addition of a 5% raise in free money (55% on Wednesday, Bonus Code: SHERLOCKB; and 60% on Thursday, Bonus Code: SHERLOCKC). During the same time period, a 40% Bonus is also available for wagers on Blackjack, Video Poker and all Table Games (Bonus Code: HOLMES). It can be claimed an unlimited number of times and has a reasonable play-through requirement of 50x. Some game restrictions apply (see the LUCKYMAN bonus below).

Before moving onto the second set of bonus offers spanning August 13-16, let me just say that Lucky Red states in their main Bonus Terms and Conditions “Bets placed on Baccarat, Craps, Roulette games and Sic Bo do not count towards the wagering requirements of any bonus unless otherwise stated.” In regards to the HOLMES bonus mentioned above, “unless otherwise stated” applies. I know everybody reading this is in the practice of reading the full T&C’s of bonuses before claiming them, but I thought I’d share anyway :).

As for the upcoming weekend, you can expect to receive much of the same. Beginning Friday (00:01 Thursday night EST), Hexbreaker Friday goes into effect, offering an unlimited 65% slots/keno/scratch card bonus (Bonus Code: GOODLUCK) with a 25x play-through, and an unlimited 45% bonus for use on blackjack, video poker and all table game wagers (once again under the “unless otherwise stated” stipulation). But keep in mind, there are some game wagering restrictions! These include 7 Stud Poker, Bingo, Bonus Bingo, European Slots Poker, Roulette, Baccarat, Craps, Poker and Sic Bo (also applying to the aforementioned HOLMES bonus).

The bonus code for this one is LUCKYMAN and has a 50x play-through.

Again, for anyone seriously interested in opening an account at an online casino, Lucky Red is a solid choice – especially if you simply can’t gamble online without a bonus. Visit Lucky Red Casino to find out more.

Rome Casino Graduates to OCS Homepage and Best USA Online Casinos Page

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

An amazing offer from leading USA friendly Rome Casino

An amazing offer from leading USA friendly Rome Casino

Rome Casino has been listed and approved here at Online Casino Suite for well over a year now. One of the very first online casinos to debut under the newly launched Top Game platform, we wanted to give Rome a fair chance at proving themselves, and were certainly hoping they would come through for the players, and consequently, for us as well! The Top Game software platform showed a lot of promise, largely in part because its developers had ties to the white-label Playtech platform, and there was a good deal of buzz on the initial performance of the Top Game platform itself.

However, taking the side of caution, we decided to just give their flagship licensee, Rome Casino, a test run to see how things panned out. Needless to say, the fact that Rome is still approved by OCS, goes to show they haven’t done anything to jeopardize our trust. There have been no direct player complaints (maybe one or two that I can personally think of, both of which were quickly and amicably resolved), and the sentiment within the industry at large is that Rome Casino, and just as important, Top Game, have made a place for themselves in this online business. Granted, the road was a little bumpy in the past. Yet, there are no unresolved issues at this time and there is nothing to lead us to believe anything contrary to Rome’s commitment operating a reputable and noteworthy establishment.

Since Rome Casino first showed up on our online casino reviews page, a steady stream of Top Game software licensees have come out – all mostly catering to the U.S. market. OCS hasn’t gone so far as to approve any other Top Game licensee just yet (many of them are lacking in transparency), but we are certainly open to doing so in the future as more licensees get up to speed with our requirements of being approved, listed and recommended to our readers. For the time being, however, Rome Casino gets our sole, wholehearted recommendation. In fact, as of last week, we have moved Rome Casino to the Online Casino Suite homepage, Best Online Casinos page, and even moved them up on our main Online Casino Bonuses chart.

The latter of these moves was mainly due to the fact that Rome has improved/increased its welcome bonus offer once again. Originally a 200% play bonus worth $200 Free, Rome increased this to a multi-deposit bonus worth a total of $5,000 Free (100% up to $1,000 Free on five consecutive deposits). Now, Rome has increased the initial bonus to a massive 400% up to $3,000 Free and increased the remaining bonuses (on the second, third and fourth deposits) by twofold, worth 200% up to $1,000 Free each – a total of 1,000% Free in bonuses.

The play-through requirement is a reasonable 20x on all casino games other than card and table games. Don’t be confused by the 75x play-through in the general bonus T&C’s – this applies to no-deposit bonuses, which have a maximum cashout of $150. For 25% cash back bonuses on video poker, blackjack and roulette bets (Copia’s Cash Back Bonus), the play-through is an amazingly low 1x. For more information, please read the OCS Rome Casino Review. If you do decide to open an account, please come back to this review and click the “Share Your Experience” link to tell us and other players about your experience at Rome Casino.

Casino Splendido and 32Red Thunderstruck With Ongoing Promotions

Friday, May 14th, 2010

You’ve probably heard by now that Microgaming has launched the new, highly anticipated “Thunderstruck II” video slot. All of the top Microgaming online casinos are talking about it – and better yet, many of them are hosting ongoing promotions in honor of what will very likely turn out to be one of Microgamaing’s more popular video slots, and even more popular than the original “Thunderstruck”.

Not every Microgaming online casino has integrated “Thunderstruck II” on their downloadable software platform. Of those that have, 32Red and Casino Splendido were amongst the first. Considering both of these sites offer a great lineup of promotions to begin with, “Thunderstruck II” or no “Thunderstruck II”, there is lots of free money and extra comp points up for grabs at both of these eCOGRA approved online casinos.

A quick rundown on the promotions offered at both casinos are as follows:

Casino Splendido is still offering their 100% Match bonus worth up to £120 Free with a 30x play-through (all games eligible for play-through according to tiered percentage scale). Their ongoing current promotions include a slots competition (May 14-17) – in which EVERY qualifying player will receive a cash prize and the top three winners will go on for a chance at winning £4,000 – and double comp points on the following select games (May 13-16): Great Galaxy Grab, Tomb Raider Secret of the Sword, Big Top, Stash of the Titans, Adventure Palace, French Roulette, Roulette Royale, Multi-hand European Blackjack, Poker Ride and Aces & Faces Video Poker.

32Red Casino is still giving away their amazing 320% welcome bonus worth £32 Free for every £10 deposited up to £320 Free. The play-through is 30x, and all games go toward meeting it, except for Craps and Megaspin slots. Also, please note there is a maximum stake or coin equivalent of 6.25 per bet until the play-through is met. Ongoing promotions include “Ruby Tuesday” which awards double comp points on the following games (currently): Thunderstruck, Magic Multiplier, Spring Break and Sugar Mama. Every Thursday is “Red Letter Day“, which is a pot of 1,000 free chips shared between five randomly selected active players. Returning depositors in the month of May can receive a 100% bonus up to £32 Free (in addition to regular Club Rouge loyalty bonuses).

March 2010 eCOGRA verified payout percentages at Casino Splendido averaged at 95.87% for all games, slots returned 94.91%,  poker games at 96.77% and table games paid out a whopping 98.73%. Not bad to say the least. As for 32Red Casino, payouts here average an impressive 97.54% on all games, with slots coming it at 95.9%, table games at 98.8% and poker games almost siding on the players advantage at a sharp 99.3%. To put this in context of actual winnings, yesterday’s top winners at 32Red were valued at £6,545 (Neil W.), £5,035 (Mark H.) and £2,822 (Donghong L.). As for Casino Splendido, their top winners this week included £3,000+ wins on Avalon and Texas Bonus Poker Gold, £2,000+ wins on Major Millions (5 Reel), Mega Moolah, Cashapillar, and multi-hand Atlantic City Blackjack, including four separate wins on Thunderstruck II. See there, I told you Thunderstruck II was going to be popular. 🙂

For more information on 32 Red and Casino Splendido, see the OCS 32Red Casino Review and Casino Splendido Review.

Sloto Cash Online Casino Giving Away Over $2K in Bonus Money In Honor of Mother’s Day

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Today is the last day to take advantage of Sloto Cash’s Mother’s Day Love Bonus. I’m still not quit sure how this is a good thing for the Mom’s out there who do not gamble at online casinos. However, I am pretty sure that a good son or daughter who happens to win big at Sloto Cash will put some of the winnings toward a grand Mother’s Day gift!

So, yes – you do not have to be a Mother to claim this special, limited-time bonus. Think of it as being a way to bring attention to the wonderful day that is Mother’s Day. That said, in celebration of all Mom’s who made the ultimate sacrifice of raising a child (you know – changing diapers, cleaning up snot, changing career path to Chauffeur etc.), Sloto Cash Casino is giving away a 45% bonus worth up to $2,250 in free cash.

Now, that’s more like a high roller bonus if you ask me – but I’m sure not complaining. In actuality, this is better than most high roller casino bonuses – typically going for 50% up to $1,000 Free. And if you need the deal sweetened even more, Sloto Cash is giving away twenty bouquet of flowers to randomly selected players. All you non-mom’s out there who happen to be selected for the flowers – you know what to do with ’em.

For anyone unfamiliar with Sloto Cash Casino, they are one of the top-rated Rival Gaming powered, US facing online casinos in business today. Licensed and regulated by the Curacao Gaming Authority, Sloto Cash is one of the few reliable and trustworthy online casinos open to U.S. players. Currently, Sloto Cash has an accumulate progressive jackpot worth over $120,000, and offers some 25+ video slots and over fifteen of the highly innovative I-Slots. Read the OCS Sloto Cash Review for more information.

Free Casino Bonus Money Red Tape: Part II – Multiple Accounts and Multiple Bonuses

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

As part of the OCS blog series about casino bonus red tape, we’d like to discuss the concept of “multiple accounts”. For most of the seasoned online gamblers out there, it is common knowledge that online casinos do not permit you to open more than one account. And not just one account per person. It’s one account per household. In other words, if both you and your spouse open an account, well then, when it comes time for either one of you to cash out your winnings, you will be denied – and that sucks. And it doesn’t end here either. There’s the notion of multiple accounts within a single online casino network. Sure, it’s allowed, but it’s a trickier matter when pertaining to welcome bonuses – more on that further in this post.

One of the main reasons why all online casinos impose this rule is because of bonus abuse and fraud, and hence the reason why the universal rule of one account per household should be classified as bonus red tape. Understandably, online casinos cannot afford to give unlimited bonus money to their players. They wouldn’t be able to stay in business. And a welcome bonus is just that. A bonus to welcome a new player to the casino. While it would be nice to receive such a grand welcome every time you login the casino, that’s simply not going to happen. Reload bonus offers will make due.

Now, of course you are not going to forget if you opened an account at a particular online casino six months ago. If so, well then, you need to start taking your Gingko Biloba. Players who say they forgot they had an account already opened or that a relative unknowingly created an account at the same online casino are full of it. 99% of these people what the industry likes to call bonus hunters. And truth be told, some of them probably do forget they previously opened an account because they have too many gambling accounts to keep up with.

So we can agree that you are not a bonus hunter and that you are taking your Gingko Biloba. No worries about opening multiple accounts, right? Wrong. Remember that part in the first paragraph about online casino networks? Yep, that’s where a lot of people go wrong. See, most online casino owners, operate and manage more than one online casino – some are more transparent about this than others. For example, a network like the US friendly English Harbour Gaming Ventures (see the OCS Vegas Techology Casinos page), maintains their own website with a listing of all their online casino properties, while a network like the Microgaming-powered Casino Rewards (non US) offers a comprehensive rewards program integrating all of their eighteen online casinos under one roof. On the opposite extreme, there have been several investigations revealing large numbers of rogue, blacklisted online casinos all being tied together by the same owner or network.

Now, assuming you are playing at an online casino that is part of a reputable and transparent network, like the aforementioned English Harbour Gaming Ventures (EHGV), you need to verify whether or not the network allows multiple welcome bonuses to be claimed. All networks will permit players to open a single account at all of their online casinos, in effect, creating multiple accounts. For example, at EHGV, you can have an account at English Harbour Casino (for the table games), VIP Slots (for the slots) and Millionaire Casino (for the high rolling action). However, you cannot claim the welcome bonus at all three of these online casinos – just ONE of them. Even if the welcome bonus if for a different percentage and amount of free money, the fact that it is a first-time deposit bonus is the deciding factor.

Now, here’s where things get messy, and is a rightful complaint many players have about an industry wide practice. Most online casinos will allow you to go ahead and claim the welcome bonus, even if you already claimed it at another online casino in the network. It’s not that the casino is purposefully setting you up for failure, although some conspiracy theorists will tell you otherwise, and I personally wouldn’t throw it past certain online casino networks (none which OCS would recommend, of course), it’s more that the industry does indeed have some catching up to do in terms of preventive measures.

The way they do it currently is come withdrawal time – your first time withdrawal, that is – the online casino will request a faxback verification form which consists of documents that verify you are indeed the person you say you are and that you are in good standing with the casino. It’s at this time they will verify if you are cashing out bonus winnings and whether or not you have claimed the bonus before, including welcome bonuses at other partner online casinos within the network. The casino’s argument is that the only players with multiple accounts or who have claimed the welcome bonus before are bonus hunters. In other words, you should have nothing to worry about if you are not doing anything you not supposed to be doing. But what about the newbie players who signup at an online casino after reading a favorable review that says nothing about the casino being in a network or revealing only one part of the bonus terms and conditions? It’s not until later the player realizes (oftentimes when making a withdrawal request), that they violated bonus terms and conditions. Indeed, this happens! Not every player who violates bonus T&C’s is a bonus hunter.

So, until online casinos adopt an industry wide practice of verifying player identities via the faxback process BEFORE said player makes a real money deposit and claims a welcome bonus, it is up to each and every player to verify for themselves what the bonus terms and conditions are. It is up to us to sift through the bonus red tape, including the part of the “one welcome bonus per player, per household, per online casino, per network”. Continuing with the OCS blog series on bonus red tape, next time we will be discussing the differences between a bonus account and a real money account and will touch on the basics of the play-through process… be followed by much, much more. But no worries, so long as you know how to recognize it, you’ll know how to get around it.

Last Day to Claim 100% up to $8,000 Free at Casino Tropez

Sunday, February 28th, 2010
Casino Tropez Gives More Bank for Your Buck!

Tropez Gives More Bank for Your Buck!

Today is the last day to take advantage of Casino Tropez’s amazing $8,000 bonus. Seriously folks, I don’t use the word “amazing” if it’s not warranted, especially when I’m talking about online casinos. There’s more bombastic claims about online casinos out there on the internet than there is cow bell at bobsled races. On that note, go USA – the first Olympic gold in bobsled in the last 60 years!

As for Casino Tropez, they have been online for eight years, hence the $8,000 bonus figure. Now, eight years doesn’t sound like a long time, but in the world of online gambling, that’s a real long time. In fact, eight years in business makes Casino Tropez in the top 25% of the Web’s oldest online casinos. When you weigh in their reputation, customer service ratings, player loyalty and spotless track record, eight years in the online gambling business is a noble accomplishment. In other words, we’re not just talking about any 8 Year Anniversary.

So yes, Casino Tropez is giving away a 100% bonus up to $8,000 Free. They’ve been doing it all month long, which we told you about in our Newsletter (uh ya, not trying to be biased or anything, but if I were you I’d subscribe to the OCS Online Gambling Newsletter). Nonetheless, if you are reading this now and the clock hasn’t struck 12:00 Midnight on March 1, 2010, you can still claim this amazing free bonus offer at Casino Tropez. Sorry U.S. players, Casino Tropez is not open for your business. They used to be – thank your politicians.

If you want to claim this bonus, sign up for a real money account at Casino Tropez and contact customer service. They will need to send you an email invitation. Once you make your deposit and claim the bonus with the cashier, simply wager the bonus and deposit amount 40 times through (25x for VIP Members), and you’ll be on your way to cashing out some free money.

Remember, if you are not from the UK, you CANNOT claim this bonus if you are playing with Gross British Pounds Sterling. Game restrictions for meeting the play-through are: all versions of Baccarat, all versions of Roulette, all versions of Sic Bo, all versions of Darts, Heads or Tails, all Video Poker games, Blackjack Switch, Blackjack Surrender, Pontoon, and Craps. The following games will count one-third of each wager toward the play-through requirement: Blackjack, Blackjack Live, Lucky Blackjack, Progressive Blackjack and 21 Duel Blackjack.

Read the OCS Casino Tropez Review for more information or Visit Casino Tropez directly.

Weekend Casino Games Bonuses Available at Club World’s Aladdin’s Gold

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

aladdinsgoldweekendAladdin’s Gold Online Casino is giving away some great bonuses right now, in addition to its popular welcome bonus worth 200%. Paying out unlimited bonus money, Aladdin’s Gold gives new players the opportunity to claim this welcome bonus as many times as they like within seven days. So, if you’re thinking about joining Aladdin’s Gold, you might want to stick with that first.

Later on, you can take advantage of the other offers, which luckily enough, are reoccurring. I’m referring to the “Weekend Bonuses” which are published on the Promotions Page at But if I was you, I’d just open aa free account and view the bonus offers through the software platform. Otherwise, you will have to go through a maze of Flash animation on the website to view the bonus offer terms. And although I like the cool, loungesque music playing in the background, one can only take so much of a twenty second loop :).

Back to the “Weekend Bonuses”, this particular set of bonuses applies to the upcoming weekend, beginning Friday, January 8th. There are two packages of bonuses – each with multiple promotions – titled “A Good Weekend Recipe” and “2010“. A Good Weekend Recipe can be used from Friday to Sunday, while the 2010 bonuses can only be claimed on Sunday, January 10th, 2010.

The first round of bonuses basically covers three sets of games. Set 1 consists of 20 bonus coupons worth 50% up to $1,000 Free, with a 25x wager requirement on slots and online keno. Set 2 consists of 20 coupons worth the same percentage and amount free, but with a 40x wager requirement on Texas Hold’em Bonus and Caribbean Poker. Set 3 casino bonuses cover Blackjack and Video Poker worth 40% and come with a 50x play-through (standard for strategy-based games). There are also 20 coupons for this set.

The 2010 bonuses on Sunday are the best of all, and are being billed as mystery bonuses, being that Aladdin’s Gold hasn’t disclosed the percentage amount just yet. Perhaps they will wait to see how much money players walk away with from the first round of bonuses :). The great thing about these bonuses is that they can be wagered on any online casino games and come with a low 20x play-through on all games other than Blackjack, Video Poker, Craps and Baccarat, which come with 40x.

Anyone unfamiliar with Aladdin’s Gold Casino should get to know it. They are powered by RTG and managed by the highly reputable Club World Casinos Group. Licensing in held in Curacao (Netherlands, Antilles) and their doors are open to U.S. players.

Read the OCS Aladdin’s Gold Casino Review for more information.

New Year’s Week Bonuses Worth $40,000 Now at Rushmore Online Casino

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

$40,000 in free cash bonuses through New Year's Weekend at Rushmore

$40,000 in free cash bonuses through New Year's Weekend at Rushmore

Rushmore Casino is giving away a horde of bonuses this week on top of their already loaded offering of welcome and reload bonuses for U.S. players. In celebration of the coming New Year, Rushmore is offering a series of “New Year’s Countdown” bonuses, consisting of forty bonuses each worth 50% up to $500 Free from Monday, December 28 through New Year’s Eve, Thursday December 31, 2009. That’s a total of $20,000 in bonus cash that can be used on games like Slots, Blackjack and Video Poker. An additional $20,000 in bonus cash is available on New Year’s Weekend (more on that later).

Half of the New Year’s Countdown bonuses are slots bonuses, which can be wagered on keno and scratch-off cards in addition to all of Rushmore’s online slots. The play-through requirement is only 20x, and there are no maximum withdrawal limits. The other half of these bonuses (twenty total), are considered all-games bonuses, with the only game restrictions being Roulette, Craps, Baccarat and Pai Gow. Since strategy-based games like video poker and blackjack are allowed to meet the overall wager requirement, the play-through is 50x.

On Rushmore Casino’s Promotions Page, these bonuses can be found under the “New Year’s Countdown” section. The promo coupon codes are as follows (Just be sure to claim the bonus after making the matching deposit but BEFORE making any wager):

For the Slots Bonuses worth 50% up to $500 Free, use the following codes for corresponding days:





For the Table Game Bonuses worth 50% up to $500 Free, use the following codes for corresponding days:





To keep the party going, Rushmore Casino is further offering a series of larger bonuses on New Year’s Day (12 am Thusday night, New Year’s Eve) and through the weekend. These are called the “Happy 2010 Weekend Bonuses” and consists of a series of twenty bonuses worth 100% up to $1,000 Free. The total amount of free bonus cash is the same as the “Countdown to 2010” bonuses, just spread out over half the number of bonuses. As before, half of these bonuses (10 total) are slots bonuses, while the remaining 10 bonuses are for table games (both governed by the aforementioned wager requirements). Coupon bonus codes corresponding to the method of deposit can be found under the “Happy 2010 Weekend Bonuses” section, and are as follows:

For the Slots Bonuses worth 100% up to $1,000 Free, use the following codes for corresponding deposit methods through New Year’s Weekend:

Credit Card or Gift Card Deposits:


UseMyWallet Deposits:


eWalletXpress Deposits:


Click2Pay Deposits:


For the Table Game Bonuses worth 100% up to $1,000 Free, use the following codes for corresponding deposit methods through New Year’s weekend:

Credit Card Deposits:

EVE1.1, EVE1.2, EVE1.3, EVE1.4, EVE1.5, EVE1.6, EVE1.7, EVE1.8, EVE1.9, EVE1.10

UseMyWallet Deposits:


eWalletXpress Deposits:


Click2Pay Deposits:


All free cash bonuses can be redeemed in the “Redeem Coupon” section within Rushmore’s online casino cashier. If you’re game for even more free cash, Rushmore also offers a High Roller’s Bonus worth 150% up to $3,000 Free, an $888 Welcome Bonus, four-part Blackjack Bonus worth 200% up to $4,000 Free, a Slots Bonus worth 400% up to $2,400, and a Winner’s Bonus amounting to a 40% no-deposit bonus on withdrawn winnings. The T&C’s for all these bonuses are generally the same as the above-mentioned New Year’s Bonuse, but as always, read the entire wagering requirements before claiming any bonus and making any bets.

Read the OCS Rushmore Casino Review for more details.

Newbie Gambling Tips: Reading the T&C’s – Maximum Cashout on Casino Bonuses

Monday, December 21st, 2009

As OCS has recently launched a Complaints Forum to help mainstream issues and disputes that players might have with ANY online casino operator, the value of such a forum has become clearly evident in the first post alone. In this particular case, a player had received a promotional mailer from Cleopatra’s Casino, which needless to say, is NOT an online casino listed and approved in the OCS online casino reviews directory.

The mailer was advertising a $25 no-deposit bonus, which is basically $25 free to play with – no additional deposits required. Albeit the terms and conditions for this bonus were posted on the Cleopatra’s Gold website, they were not posted on the flyer itself. The player, being a somewhat newbie to online gambling, thought “Great, what do I have to lose?”, and decided to take advantage of the no-deposit bonus, not reading the full T&C’s.

Now, wouldn’t you know it, but luck would have it that this player hits a large jackpot while using money from the $25 no-deposit bonus to make wagers, and consequently, meet the wager requirement. For this bonus, the play-through was 60x, meaning the player would need to wager $25 x 60 ($1,500) before they would be eligible to cash out any winnings. First of all, 60x is a little high. But oh well, right? Hit a $4,000 jackpot and that’s a piece a cake.

But this is where things get tricky. There is also a term that says the maximum amount of free cash that a player can withdraw from no-deposit bonus winnings is one-half the bonus amount. Ya, you did your math right. That would be $12.50. So, here we have this player with a $4,000+ balance, and all she can cash out is $12.50. Does that sound fair to you? Well, it doesn’t to me either. However, since Cleopatra’s Casino has this term posted on their website, technically, they are protected. The fact that they did not post the terms on the mailing is unethical and shady, and precisely why you should avoid playing at Cleopatra’s Casino.

The one bright side of all this is that at least the player did not make a huge deposit of their money, only to have it frozen and not paid out. Needless to say, there are plenty of lessons to be gained from this experience: 1) ALWAYS read the terms and conditions of a bonus before claiming it. Look it up on the website, or if you can’t locate the T&C’s, get them sent to you in writing via email. 2) Always think twice before claiming any bonus, especially no-deposit bonuses (generally, these have stricter wager requirements). 3) Don’t play at Cleopatra’s Casino. Not only do they impose unrealistic terms on their bonuses and engage in unethical marketing, they are associated with a very shady group of betting sites – Futura properties.

This also brings up another lesson: deciphering whether a bonus has a maximum withdrawal requirement. The fact of the matter is that most people just want to know what the play-through requirement are, i.e., how much money has to be wagered before becoming eligible to withdraw, restricted games and time restrictions. Most players don’t even realize there might be a maximum cashout on bonus winnings! And the casinos don’t make this information that readily available either. Oftentimes, this particular condition is buried further down on the bonus T&C’s page and not included with the section dealing with play-through requirements. Once again, don’t ever assume. Always read the ENTIRE terms and conditions.

Now, it just so happens the player in the above-mentioned scenario was from the U.S., and admittedly, there simply are not as many good bonus options out there (at least as they once were). In other words, U.S. players need to be even more careful than the rest of the lot. Online Casino Suite’s topmost recommendations are the EHGV Casino group: Millionaire Casino, English Harbour, Super Slots, VIP Slots and Slots Galore and the approved RTG Casinos listed Here (aside for Pure Vegas, which imposes a maximum $100 cashout on their no-deposit bonuses). If you choose to play at Go Casino, Crazy Slots or Online Vegas, keep in mind that all sign-up bonuses at these destinations have a $500 maximum cashout.

Upgraded Free Play Bonus at Crazy Vegas Online Casino

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

$3,000 Free Play Bonus at Crazy Vegas CasinoI know it sounds crazy, but just when I thought Crazy Vegas Casino couldn’t get more crazy, they get more crazy! Uh oh – judging by that opening line, I think Crazy Vegas might be rubbing off on me. Certainly one of the more spirited Microgaming online casinos out there, eCOGRA-approved Crazy Vegas is no doubt a great place to open a real money account.

Their play-bonus welcome offer has always been a great incentive for anyone looking to test out their casino games with real money while not having to actually deposit real money. Similar to a no-deposit bonus, a play bonus gives you a free amount of credits to wager during an introductory window of time. Generally, this window is thirty minutes or one hour long.

Crazy Vegas Casino’s main promotion offer has long been a 60-minute play bonus. But here’s where things start to get crazy. The amount of the bonus itself was 1,000 credits, which is already very generous to begin with. Now, however, Crazy Vegas has tripled the free credits, making this a $3,000 play bonus with one hour of free gambling. Oh, and they’re also giving away 50 Free Spins on the Jonny Specter video slots.

Keep in mind, you are not going to be able to get $3,000 free out of this. In other words, at the end of the freeplay time slot (during which you must make a minimum of 100 bets), any winnings over the original $3,000 up to $125 are eligible to be transferred to your real play bonus account. A minimum deposit of $50 is required at this time, and the free credits must then be wagered according to normal bonus terms and conditions.

Whether you win or lose, there is absolutely no risk claiming this bonus. Simply open an account, click the “Free Play” button, and a Flash window will open, allowing you to get started betting. Keep in mind that if you lose connection, log immediately back in for the countdown clock does not stop once it begins. If you do not earn anything over the original $3,000, you are still eligible to claim a normal match bonus worth 100% up to $100 Free.

If you have never experienced Microgaming’s Viper platform of casino games, Crazy Vegas offers freeplay demos of several of their most popular titles, like Hitman, Tomb Raider, Atlantic City Blackjack, European Roulette, Baccarat and Craps. You may need to download a Flash plugin, but that’s it. No account creation is required.

Read Online Casino Suite’s Crazy Vegas Casino Review for more information.