Pokies for Good? Melbourne Tabloid Explores Dilemma in Op-Ed Piece

There’s a reason why Melbourne’s The Age is one of the country’s biggest dailies: some of their writers aren’t afraid of asking the questions that has no business of being asked in a “polite society” in the first place. Yes, The Age may act like a more traditional daily in the fact that it also has to rein its opinions to itself from time to time to keep its shareholders from being too offended, but we certainly think that they’re still doing fine, as it is. As it happened, one of the latest “questions” that the daily had asked in its weekend report was that: how would normal folks feel if the money won from online pokies would have been used for good rather than—ahem—“evil”?

It was during this Sunday when The Age published an op-ed piece called   The Bright Side of Gambling. In it, they have profiled two instances in which the punters—who have won so much from spending more time than what was considered healthy at the pokies—had chosen to invest their hard-earned money (well, do you think fighting against luck is easy?) in some rather charitable pursuits.

One of those profiled was David Walsh, the notorious Tasmanian punter who made his fortunes by just that: betting. While he was on the fringes of the national news lately, he was forcibly dragged into the spotlight again when the Australian Tax Office tried to collect about forty million dollars’ worth of back taxes from him. And guess who came to his rescue? Andrew freakin’ Wilkie and Bob Brown who, other than being members of the Greens, are also quite vocal opponents against anything with pokies attached to it. The reason why the two were quite unabashed in pledging their support to a pokie punter was, as the piece pointed out, because of Walsh’s lavish “temple to secularism”, the Museum of Old and New Art, which reportedly costs about one-hundred and eighty dollars just so a building-wide touchscreen feature can be installed in the whole museum.

There was also the news that broke out earlier last week in the aftermath of the Wimbledon Finals when, of all people, Oxfam won one-hundred and fifty-two thousand dollars from a bet a late punter had made—back in 2003!—when he bequeathed a huge load of his cash to the belief that Roger Federer will win seven titles in Wimbledon. Yes, the fact may still pop up that the reason the cash went to Oxfam was because the punter had already passed on to the afterlife that one hundred thousand means basically nothing to him. But still, it should be a nice gesture for poor people everywhere that at least one dead pokie player had managed to accidentally give them a sum that should guarantee one to live in comfortable unemployment for at least six months.

So, is there a lesson to be had from all of these stories? Well, probably not, but these may be enough to squash some people from talking out that pokies can only do nothing more than ruin lives and livelihoods.



Online Casino Primer: Cash Back Bonuses

Competition is stiff between online casinos in existence today. Such is the effect of the rising popularity of casino gaming together with the advancement of Internet technology in terms of speed and quality. Thus, there are many methods in which online casinos try to maintain their edge over others. One common method is to enhance the bonuses they offer so that new players and the old existing ones would naturally gravitate towards the games that they offer. Some of the known bonuses that is quite common across software providers are the following: reload bonus, welcome match deposit bonus, refer a friend bonus and cash back bonus. The most unpopular of the ones mentioned above is the cash back bonus. The reason for this is because cash back bonus does not require you to further commit yourself with the casino aside from the wagering requirements it stipulated.

Specifically, a cash back bonus is the fund given back to you after you incur some losses when playing at a certain period of time. This fund is a percentage of the total wager you lost from your unsuccessful wagers. Usually such a bonus is given a cap or an upper limit of how much fund is given back to you according to your loss amount. To illustrate an example, imagine that the percentage bonus stipulated in the cash back is 15% of the total losses you incurred. This is realized over a time period of 1 week where a cap of $100 is given. Therefore, you receive a cash back bonus of 15% of your total loss every week. This is on the condition that such is below $100.

Other casinos implement this bonus as a regular promotion. For example, if the period of time specified is for a week, then you are reimbursed that percentage of amount you lost on the casino every week. Such is a big benefit to all players since losing money is inevitable in the games offered in online casinos. Moreover, losing money is a depressing event so the offer of such a bonus is completely attractive to both low roller and high roller clients.

Another implementation of the cash back bonus as a regular promotion is that there is a specific day in a week in which this bonus is applied. For example, the only losses that would be taken into account are those that happened on Wednesday. Other casinos implement cash back bonuses as special promotions only. This means that such a bonus would be implemented at a limited time. Other casinos implement cash back bonuses on specific games only. Most games involve in such bonuses are keno and online pokies Australia. This is because both games have higher house edges than others.

Oftentimes, cash back bonuses are only offered to VIP clients of online casinos. These are online players who wager high amounts on the games they play in the casino. Thus, it would be beneficial to look for online casinos which offer different tiers for VIP slots.