How they trick you!
In this guide, you can read about casino affiliates and how casino bonuses work (and the truth of why you get them). You’ll also get tips on some easy things you can do to protect yourself from gambling triggers. Check out the videos below.
- No independent affiliate sites
- Secrets behind Gambling commercials
- Trends in the gambling industry
All slot machines, blackjack tables, online casinos, and sportsbooks are created to make money.
Las Vegas and all gambling companies on the stock market are proof of the enormous sums of money they make. On the Stockholm stock exchange alone there are 8 companies, each worth more than $200M.
We don’t see the gambling industry as the enemy, as long as they don’t deliberately play dirty. Remember, We believe pain is the cause of addiction. However, some gambling sites play dirty so, we’d like to show you some of the tricks that you might encounter.
For an online casino, there are 2 ways to get new customers.
- The customer visits the casino site directly.
- The customer goes via a comparison site, a so-called affiliate site.
If the casino makes a lot of commercials, more customers will go directly to the casino site. If not, the casino gets most of its customers from affiliate sites. On average, about 50% of the customers come from affiliate sites.
What is a casino
Everything on an affiliate site is there to get you to click through their links to the casino. That’s the way they make money. Even if the rules on some markets have toughened, there are still few clear rules for comparison sites aka affiliate sites.
All top lists you see on an affiliate site are bought. Either the casino pays a fixed fee to get “top-ranked,” or the affiliate site has the best margins on that particular casino. There are no independent affiliate sites!
An affiliate site works the same way as any car dealer. They want to sell, and they do whatever it takes to do it! They till top rank the casino they make the most money on… Not the one that fits the customer best.
There are millions of affiliate sites that focus on online casinos. Most spam emails with gambling-related content are from affiliates — the same with SMS commercials.
Be very cautious with those messages! They are often skilfully made to tempt you with a free offer or a super bonus.
The time when “newsletters” meant news are long gone! Today, all they do is lure you into signing up on a casino.
To think about:
Any comparison site is created to sell. They don’t make any money by focusing on their weaknesses. Be extra careful with over-optimistic reviews that use a lot of superlatives.
As the first step to quit gambling, you should minimize your exposure to gambling commercials.
How to decrease your exposure to gambling ads?
- Switch email address. It’s sad, but essential to get rid of the spam.
- Switch your mobile number. Complicated, but we promise it’s so worth it!
- Stop watching TV channels filled with gambling commercials. Use there commercial-free streaming services instead.
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Don’t let the appearance deceive you. Remember the casino wants to make money. Why do you get a casino bonus? Bonuses are still, the best way for most casinos, to compete with other casinos. Free spins, monster bonuses, and free offers, etc. Don’t let them tempt you! The bonuses are the casinos’ ultimate tool to tie you to them.
All casinos want you to register with them. When you’ve done that the offers will start pouring in. A free offer is never free; the price is your mobile number and email address.
Let’s scrutinize bonuses further.
Why do you get a casino bonus?
- Attract you to the site, or get you to deposit more money
- Get your contact details (email, address and phone number)
- Keep you on the site. Most bonuses come with a wagering requirements.
Bonuses always sound good. “Right now you get a 300% bonus plus a pizza. Deposit $10 and get $40 to gamble with.” They trig us to think… I only need to deposit $10, and I get so much for free… The wagering requirement is set so you have to play on the site for a long time before you can withdraw your money… if you haven’t lost them already.
The casino doesn’t make any money with the pizza offer. BUT, believe us, they have done their homework. They know that they will attract X number of players, and Y will make a 2nd and 3rd deposit.
The initial offer is created to get you through the door. After that, the CRM team, customer relationship management takes over.
The casinos market themselves as having the best CRM teams to affiliates.
What does a casino CRM team do?
The CRM team’s main task is to get you to play as much and for as long as possible. It’s the CRM team that:
- SEND EMAILS
- SEND SMS
- SOME TIME CALL YOU ON THE PHONE
It’s the CRM team that creates new bonus offers and brings you gifts. When a casino says they have the best CRM team, in practice, that means they do the most to get the customers to stay.
Most affiliates work with new customers. They get paid for the customers they send to the casino. There are some similar services where the casino asks a third party to reactivate old customers. It means that the CRM team hires specialists to call you to get you to start playing again.
In the Podcast, the Success Pod a former player Lukas Better (fictive name) talks about his addiction. Lukas describes how his VIP contact person encouraged him to play all the time.
Among things, he says the casino knew everything about him. They had mapped out things about his family, job, and finances.
In one year, Lukas lost $1.5M, and nobody tried to stop him.
On the contrary, the casino made everything to help him keep a proper facade towards the people around him.
Here are some things he got from the casino:
- Luxury trip for the family to Malta
- Flight to Madrid for El Clássico (Real Madrid – Barcelona)
- Trip to the Football World Cup in Russia
- $4000 in cash because he had had a bad day
- $2000 in cash so he could buy some things in a local electronics store
- iPhone X, just because he didn’t play one day. (Someone called to check why he didn’t play.)
The gifts sound valuable but compared to $1.5M; it’s just pennies. The casinos would never give away anything without reason. In Lukas’s case, they tried to distract him so he would not think about his losses. They wanted him to feel successful.
Some affiliate managers we’ve talked to say that 85-95% of the casino revenue comes from VIP players.
How many of these do you think have gambling problems?
Trends in the
In 2018 the no accounts casino hit the market in some countries. They are also called pay-and-play casinos. To play, you just need to add money.
Identification is made via the bank or payment method. When you’re done, you can withdraw your money right away.
The threshold to gamble became even lower. Of course, the casinos know this. It takes only a minute to start. On these casinos, the bonuses and wagering requirements are gone. That’s at least an advantage for the customers.
We don’t know exactly where the markets are going. More countries are regulating their markets. In 2021 we are convinced the casino will find ways around the regulations. Some things that might happen are:
The internal shops will become more important. Instead of a bonus, you get points to buy stuff in the shop.
Different competitions. As a customer on the site, you can join free competitions with fine prices.
During the peak of online poker, the players were granted “rake back”. It meant that they received back a portion of the money they had paid in rake.
Even if the markets are regulating, there will always be casinos that don’t follow the rules. Sweden regulated its market in 2019. So far, there are about 400 casinos with a license. However, you can still access more than 10 000 casinos without a license in Sweden. The unlicensed casinos don’t play by the rules at all.
The regulation made it illegal to send text messages and emails without the consent of the customer.
The foreign casinos without the license can still do whatever they want, though.