Mental
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June 22nd, 2022 at 9:08:45 AM permalink
I have run into way too many problems dealing with online casinos. Most issues were eventually resolved after I spent anxious time waiting for the online sites to do the right thing. However, it is clear that anyone who wins big money from online casinos is considered to be a possible scammer or criminal. At that point, you can forget about being treated like a customer or even a human being with legal rights. Since online casinos offer many games with high variance and a high return-to-player percentage compared to B&M casinos, many players will win just by being lucky for long stretches.

I had one casino that wrote me a threatening e-mail after I tried to cash out $5000 of winnings. They accused me of abusing their deposit match bonuses. I suspect this was just a standard boilerplate accusation of wrongdoing that they use to fire a shot over the bow of winning players. In fact, I only ever took one deposit match. This was the new-player sign-up deposit match which was much less than $5000. Since the terms of service say they can seize my balance if I do anything wrong, making false accusations of wrongdoing can have a chilling effect on winning players. I gave this site a significant amount of play on leaderboard competitions over a period of 12 months. I never tried to withdraw any funds until the site sent all their players an e-mail saying they were going to shut down the site in 45 days and reopen under a new skin. I knew from experience that it can take very long to get approved for my first withdrawal at most online sites. I wanted to do a test withdrawal. The $5K was a small fraction of my balance, but I should have tried a smaller withdrawal for my first attempt to withdraw. The $5K apparently caught the attention of a higher up who has an interest in the profit/loss of the site. Lower level employees probably handle routine smallish withdrawals and don't have a stake in whether I am a winner or loser. The employee who sent me the e-mail felt it necessary to lie for the purposes of financial gain for the site. (Legally, the deliberate misrepresentation of fact for the purpose of depriving someone of a valuable possession is fraud.) My accuser did approve the $5k withdrawal, but it took a long time before the money was actually disbursed. I requested a withdrawal of the remaining balance the day before the site did finally close down for good. At that point, they were probably processing so many withdrawals that they forgot to try and intimidate me or steal my funds.

I spent four months trying to make my first withdrawal from another site. The company kept rejecting my financial documents and IDs. This can be very time consuming. I submit a document and wait for days. I get a rejection e-mail. I resubmit and wait. I get a rejection based on a different reason. Many modern banks don't send paper statements and I had not used a paper check for one of my bank accounts in 20 years. They wanted a canceled check, so I had to buy replacement checks and wait for them to arrive. At another point, they complained that my PDF bank statement was redacted. Yes, the bank X'ed out all but the last four digits of my account number on the statement. Okay, technically the statement was redacted, but not by me. This lead to another e-mail exchange and more delays.

At the current time, one of my accounts with a very large balance has been suspended. This freezes my ability to play, use promos, or withdraw funds at that site. No explanation was given in the e-mail announcing the freeze. I am only told that the Term and Conditions give them a right to suspend my account pending a review. I have no idea of what they are reviewing. I suspect that they are upset that I hit a number of rather large slot jackpots lately. They stated that the review might take up to 10 calendar days. I am pretty sure that anything I say will be used against me, so I am not contacting them. I am just trying to be patient and wait out the suspension and see what happens. There is a lot of money at stake, including a very large amount of money that I deposited on the site. I do hope they realize I won by getting lucky while playing their games and promotions the way they were designed to be played.

Regulators in my state require that I exhaust all reasonable avenues to settle a dispute with an online casino before I even file a complaint. The problem is that any substantive interaction with an online site would reveal to them that I understand way too much about the math behind their games and promotions. As soon as they pigeonhole me as a thinking player, I am sure my play and activities will get even more unwanted attention. I have found subtle errors in online games that I would like to bring to the regulators attention. Frankly, I do not want to be identified by name when they contact casinos or game manufacturers about these issues. I have absorbed hundreds of dollars in losses because it is not worth it to get in their faces about it.
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July 3rd, 2022 at 7:49:07 AM permalink
Quote: Mental

I have run into way too many problems dealing with online casinos. Most issues were eventually resolved after I spent anxious time waiting for the online sites to do the right thing. However, it is clear that anyone who wins big money from online casinos is considered to be a possible scammer or criminal. At that point, you can forget about being treated like a customer or even a human being with legal rights. Since online casinos offer many games with high variance and a high return-to-player percentage compared to B&M casinos, many players will win just by being lucky for long stretches.

I had one casino that wrote me a threatening e-mail after I tried to cash out $5000 of winnings. They accused me of abusing their deposit match bonuses. I suspect this was just a standard boilerplate accusation of wrongdoing that they use to fire a shot over the bow of winning players. In fact, I only ever took one deposit match. This was the new-player sign-up deposit match which was much less than $5000. Since the terms of service say they can seize my balance if I do anything wrong, making false accusations of wrongdoing can have a chilling effect on winning players. I gave this site a significant amount of play on leaderboard competitions over a period of 12 months. I never tried to withdraw any funds until the site sent all their players an e-mail saying they were going to shut down the site in 45 days and reopen under a new skin. I knew from experience that it can take very long to get approved for my first withdrawal at most online sites. I wanted to do a test withdrawal. The $5K was a small fraction of my balance, but I should have tried a smaller withdrawal for my first attempt to withdraw. The $5K apparently caught the attention of a higher up who has an interest in the profit/loss of the site. Lower level employees probably handle routine smallish withdrawals and don't have a stake in whether I am a winner or loser. The employee who sent me the e-mail felt it necessary to lie for the purposes of financial gain for the site. (Legally, the deliberate misrepresentation of fact for the purpose of depriving someone of a valuable possession is fraud.) My accuser did approve the $5k withdrawal, but it took a long time before the money was actually disbursed. I requested a withdrawal of the remaining balance the day before the site did finally close down for good. At that point, they were probably processing so many withdrawals that they forgot to try and intimidate me or steal my funds.

I spent four months trying to make my first withdrawal from another site. The company kept rejecting my financial documents and IDs. This can be very time consuming. I submit a document and wait for days. I get a rejection e-mail. I resubmit and wait. I get a rejection based on a different reason. Many modern banks don't send paper statements and I had not used a paper check for one of my bank accounts in 20 years. They wanted a canceled check, so I had to buy replacement checks and wait for them to arrive. At another point, they complained that my PDF bank statement was redacted. Yes, the bank X'ed out all but the last four digits of my account number on the statement. Okay, technically the statement was redacted, but not by me. This lead to another e-mail exchange and more delays.

At the current time, one of my accounts with a very large balance has been suspended. This freezes my ability to play, use promos, or withdraw funds at that site. No explanation was given in the e-mail announcing the freeze. I am only told that the Term and Conditions give them a right to suspend my account pending a review. I have no idea of what they are reviewing. I suspect that they are upset that I hit a number of rather large slot jackpots lately. They stated that the review might take up to 10 calendar days. I am pretty sure that anything I say will be used against me, so I am not contacting them. I am just trying to be patient and wait out the suspension and see what happens. There is a lot of money at stake, including a very large amount of money that I deposited on the site. I do hope they realize I won by getting lucky while playing their games and promotions the way they were designed to be played.

Regulators in my state require that I exhaust all reasonable avenues to settle a dispute with an online casino before I even file a complaint. The problem is that any substantive interaction with an online site would reveal to them that I understand way too much about the math behind their games and promotions. As soon as they pigeonhole me as a thinking player, I am sure my play and activities will get even more unwanted attention. I have found subtle errors in online games that I would like to bring to the regulators attention. Frankly, I do not want to be identified by name when they contact casinos or game manufacturers about these issues. I have absorbed hundreds of dollars in losses because it is not worth it to get in their faces about it.
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Are we talking about state-regulated (and I use that term lightly) online casinos or offshore places? I know many of the offshore joints pull all the above BS listed.

Back when New Jersey first opened their market to legal online gambling I noticed they were using almost the exact same predatory terms and conditions. I believe it's the same bad actors who are still running the state-regulated casinos. It seems as if Gaming Control is only there to step in if someone has a legitimate complaint.

State-regulated places should be called out for this every chance we get.
♪♪Now you swear and kick and beg us That you're not a gamblin' man Then you find you're back in Vegas With a handle in your hand♪♪ Your black cards can make you money So you hide them when you're able In the land of casinos and money You must put them on the table♪♪ You go back Jack do it again roulette wheels turinin' 'round and 'round♪♪ You go back Jack do it again♪♪
Mental
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July 3rd, 2022 at 9:20:10 AM permalink
Quote: AxelWolf

]Are we talking about state-regulated (and I use that term lightly) online casinos or offshore places? I know many of the offshore joints pull all the above BS listed.

Back when New Jersey first opened their market to legal online gambling I noticed they were using almost the exact same predatory terms and conditions. I believe it's the same bad actors who are still running the state-regulated casinos. It seems as if Gaming Control is only there to step in if someone has a legitimate complaint.

State-regulated places should be called out for this every chance we get.
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I only play in state regulated onshore casinos. I can't imagine where you go to resolve a dispute if you are playing offshore.

I do wish the online casinos would allow tax withholding on jackpots. I know of none that have a provision for this. Some sites have absolutely awful accounting software that won't even show you your year-to-date W-2G reports.

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