Right from the very beginning we need to make our point clear: we are definitely against any form of cheating either at online casinos or real ones. At the same time, it would be unwise to pretend that the topic is non-existent, as the players do cheat at online casinos. The following is a list of popular crafty ways that players use to gain unfair advantage.
This one has recently been the most widespread and typical method. The bonus hunter is a player who aims at getting the most attractive bonus from an online casino, so bonus hunting stands for the occupation of a bonus hunter, his crafty quest for bonuses. This scheme originated in the early 2000s and is still popular, albeit to a lesser extent. Its emergence coincided with the time when most casinos decided to give bonuses to their players, i.e. free money, which size depended on the deposit made. There sometimes even were no-deposit bonuses available upon successful registration. In the former case the casinos’ plan was based on the well-known ability of most players to finally lose all the money they are given; in the latter – on the hope that the registered player would lose his bonus, too, and have to continue with his own cash. It must be said that the casinos were generally right: the number of players steadily increased, and so did the casinos’ profits. However, bonus hunters emerged after a short while. They were quick to see that there is no need to chase the win if the money is given for free. The bonus sums were generally quite moderate, but the casino bosses overlook the fact that by the time of the introduction of bonuses the number of casinos offering them was a great one. Bonus hunters signed in to hundreds or even thousands of casinos, made their deposits, got their bonuses – and then simply transferred the money to their account. Accordingly, the casinos bore losses. When they became critical, the casinos dealt a counter-blow with a wager. This term refers to a special rule according to which you need to win back your bonus several times before it is finally yours. Additionally, every player would receive only one bonus from a particular category. The bonus hunting community, however, did not stop dead in its tracks. In answer to the above measures, bonus hunters began making so-called ‘safe bets’, placing the money on red and black or on odd and even at the same time. If the strategy was workable, the advantage of a casino was very small and the bonus hunters could still get a little handicap. In return, the casinos made a further crack-down, with harsher wager win back rules and bans to receive more than one bonus from the same IP address and to launder the bonuses in such negative expectation games as the roulette, blackjack, or video poker. It seemed that the bonus hunters fought a losing battle. The roles reversed: bonuses became the casinos’ weapon, not the players’. Widely used became ‘sticky bonuses’, featuring incredibly large wagers and freezing the amount of your deposit – you could not transfer your money before winning back the wager. Moreover, the lucky chips rule was introduced, following the example of real casinos where players are given a certain number of chips on entering the casino but are not allowed to exchange them for cash. In the end, most bonuses turned to be express credits that could not be cashed, that bind your deposit and cannot be won back in particular games. Bonus hunters continued their attacks on the casinos, using false IDs, proxy servers to hide real IPs, but their incomes weren’t a patch of what they used to be. Bonuses became more profitable for casinos, not the players, as they don’t give the latter any feasible advantage but played a largely advertising role, attracting newcomers. At present, bonus hunting is not yet completely extinct, but is surely not as widespread as some years ago. To get more or less regular income, bonus hunters have to sacrifice some tens of thousands of US dollars.
Using bots at online casinos.
This is a more advanced scheme in bonus hunting, when the bots imitating the behaviour of people are used to carry out the conditions of the bonuses. The bots sign in to tens and hundreds of fake accounts from proxy servers and enter false data. In some countries, such schemes are prosecuted.
Online casino carding.
This refers to playing at a casino with stolen credit cards. It is the main business of carders, i.e. conmen who steal banking data to earn more money or simply launder the stolen sum. Carding is considered a criminal offence in every country of the world.
Systems vs Casinos.
There is plenty of them on the web, both absolutely free and very costly. Most of them, however, will not give you any advantage. For instance, no playing system is able to reduce a casino’s House Edge to less than 2.7% (as in European roulette), and some betting systems like Martingale will even ravage your pockets. The roulette players are famous for their ingenuity: they often come up with self-made systems and claim them to work wonders at a roulette table. Thus, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, the great Russian novelist, invented the following system: he waited till the ball landed in black three times (without placing his money) and then placed his bet on red. There is no need to say that the system was based on the writer’s lack of knowledge of the probability theory (without further details, you need to know that the system is utterly useless and not advantageous). However, not every playing system is senseless. For example, the blackjack basic strategy or various video poker systems, although not giving you a clear advantage over a casino, can dramatically reduce its House Edge.