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Online Casinos Like Real Money Players

By: Joan Peppin, Saturday May 29th 2010
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Online casinos allow players to wager for free. It does not cost them anything, but it does not also bring in revenue. Therefore they would like such players to ultimately open real money accounts. Software providers have incorporated techniques that constantly remind the players who are playing for free to convert to real money wagering. Very often these reminders are irksome, but it is something that these players have to put up with.

In many cases the reminders start when the player logs in to the casino. Each time he has to select whether to wager for free or with real money. Some software providers give equal screen space to both options. But others display the real money option much more prominently, subliminally indicating that the real money option is the preferred choice. Rival Gaming and Cryptologic online casinos follow this practice. Realtime Gaming online casinos have the real money option pre-selected and free money players have to change the selection.

Many software providers introduce pop up messages during the game play asking players whether they want to convert to real money wagering. They indicate that the player is really lucky that day or that he has got the measure of the games and therefore would do well to shift to real money wagering. Such messages usually appear after a big win and are thus more effective. Playtech and Realtime Gaming are software providers that have incorporated this practice. The Playtech message reads "Looks like it's your lucky day. Why not play for real money? Click on the 'Play for Real Money' button below and start winning cash."

Microgaming, the leading online software provider has a few unique tricks of its own. A message almost constantly floats around, sometimes intruding into the game arena, stating "Win Real Cash. Click Here". But the practice adopted in many of the table games is quite irritating. A "Win Real Money" button almost continuously covers the player's balance. It only recedes occasionally giving the player a view of his balance and then covers it again. In table games like craps a new player would want to understand how the payouts have been made and therefore would constantly want to see his balance. If he finds it covered by a button the experience can be frustrating.

Certain software providers do not allow certain features or certain games to players who are wagering for free. Progressive jackpot games are not allowed and that is understandable because the outcome affects other players. Rival Gaming software does not allow Auto Play to players who are playing for free. If such players try to use the Auto Play function they see a message "Auto Play is only available when playing for real money. Would you like to play for real money now?" The intent is to tell the player that if he wants to get the full value of the software he should convert to real money wagering. Cryptologic does not allow some multi-player table games to players who are playing for free.

Online casino players usually start playing for free to get a feel of the software, the games and the casino and then covert to real money. Once they do that then these irritants will automatically disappear. However, if for whatever reason, they want to continue playing for free then they will have to bear these inconveniences.

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Comment by: Kevin Jones On: June 01, 2010
Well that's a no brainier... obviously online casinos like real money players, lol...

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