was a serendipitous discovery. I registered at a casino
purely to see if their Deuces Wild video online poker
games was full-pay. It wasn't, nor did they offer
any bonuses, so I never deposited. Several days later
an e-mail solicitation offered 20 percent, which I
was happy to take advantage of.
A problem all websites face is getting people to stick
around long enough to complete a transaction. They
are always trying to come up with schemes to make
a website "sticky," and e-mailed promotional
offers is the cyber-gambling industry's method of
choice. The purpose of free "play for fun"
games is to gather marketing data; consumers always
have to register to play. The free players and folks
who dropped out before completing a deposit then get
enticing offers. Try delaying your deposits at places
that do not offer up-front bonuses, or those whose
offers are stingy. When speculating with your time,
note that the Java sites require much less investment
than the download sites.
other way to prime the game is with an ante. It can
take the form of contributions from all the players
or from one player, usually the dealer, on a rotating
basis. The money from an ante is "dead";
its purposes are to give players something to win
by making the first bet and something to lose by waiting
for perfect hands. Antes can be used in any game,
but they are most common in Stud, where the order
of the betting depends on the door cards.