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Taking Advantage of Deposit Bonuses

by Ed Miller |  Published: Jul 03, 2019


A dirty secret of professional gambling is that a very substantial proportion of the win comes directly and indirectly from the casino or betting operator’s marketing budget. Back in the early 2000s, it was very easy to make a six-figure living playing poker full-time. Why? Because poker was the “hot new thing” (Buffalo Bill probably would have laughed at that one) and online poker operators were making it rain with massive marketing budgets. Advertisements everywhere encouraged brand new players to deposit money and promptly lose it to the pros. Sites offered very generous deposit and reload bonuses, and professionals developed protocols to maximize these. And sites also ran affiliate marketing programs—these were designed to encourage professional marketers to use novel ways to reach new players. But this spawned “rakeback” where already established professional players would sign up for new accounts under one of these affiliates in exchange for being kicked ...

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