Pros And Cons Of Online Casino Message BoardsBy: Fabian Rictor, Monday April 27th 2009
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Many online casinos portals provide casino boards. So do almost all sites that provide information on online casinos. These online casino boards enable players to enter their personal experiences or ask questions to other players. Over time the casino boards become a storehouse of information.
The biggest advantage of online casino boards is that the writers are players themselves and hence this leads to the expectation that the opinions expressed are unbiased. Consider for example the testimonials put out by online casinos. All testimonials will be in praise of the casino. No testimonial goes against the casino. Hence players cannot really set much value to these testimonials. However the messages in online casino boards are not vetted by the casino and are therefore more representative of what players really feel.
However, though this is generally so it need not always be true. The stuff written against the online casinos is obviously written by disgruntled players. In many cases the grievances of such players may be genuine and these players may honestly want to warn other players about rogue casinos. But online casino boards are also frequented by players who are on the wrong side. Usually they are bonus abusers who have been caught and penalized by online casinos. Such people take to writing malicious posts about the casinos stating how the casinos defrauded them.
Hence it would appear that the usefulness of online casino boards is suspect. If a player cannot take what is written at face value then how can he take decisions based on what is written? The answer lies in being a discerning reader and not a casual reader. With a little practice it is easy to tell a bogus grievance from a real one. Posts about real grievances are more factual in nature. They give details in a transparent manner. They are rarely malicious in tone. On the other hand posts from disgruntled bonus abusers would cloud factual issues with language that is malicious. The discerning reader can tell that all the information has not been provided and the writer is trying to hide something.
Another way to sift genuine posts from bogus ones is to cross check information. Players can post comments asking for clarifications and more information. Genuine posters would respond positively. Players can request opinions from other players about a post they feel is shaky. They can even take the discussion to another online casino board. Players must realize that online casino boards are two way traffic. Hence if they feel that they have something to say then they must. For example if a post criticizes an online casino, but their experience at that casino has been good then they should go ahead and state it. Over time players can recognize who are the genuine posters and who are bogus ones. They can then ignore the bogus ones.
Online casino message boards are an important and useful tool in the players' hands and it is up to the players to ensure that they are not misused.
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