Caesar’s Bingo Pays Out Big Bucks After Bonus Glitch

Bingo Bonus Background

Free bingo bonuses have been an entrenched marketing strategy for online bingo sites for over a decade. When the first bonuses appeared they were somewhat small but thanks to intense industry competition substantial bonuses are now the norm throughout the online bingo industry. Deposit bonuses of 300% and sometimes even 500% are now possible. Many bingo sites are still offering no deposit bonuses. Players register and follow the instructions and receive funds in their accounts to purchase bingo cards. No deposit bonuses can only be used to play games and the funds cannot be withdrawn and usually have very stringent wagering requirements. No deposit bonuses enable players to try out the games with no risk.

Welcome bonuses based on a percentage of a new player’s initial deposit are the most widely used enticement. Occasionally mistakes are made as was the case at Caesar’s bingo. A simple mathematical error has forced Caesar’s bingo to payout tens of thousands of pounds to bingo players in the United Kingdom. Caesar’s has been one of the most well known brands in the land based and internet gaming industry. The bingo site is owned by Caesar’s Entertainment Corporation. (Formerly Harrah’s) Caesar’s operates casinos, hotels and seven golf courses around the world.

A £3,000 Mistake

The mistake left one UK family £3,000 richer before Caesar’s discovered the mistake. Caesar’s bingo offered players a “200% welcome bonus” up to £400. Players could deposit £10 pounds and get £30 pounds to play games with. Welcome bonuses are commonplace and are usually structured so that players will either lose money or break even at best. On average online bingo players get 60-70p back for every £1 wagered. To make sure they do not lose money from the promotions gaming companies generally do not allow players to make any withdrawals until the bonus is spent.

A glitch at Caesar’s bingo allowed players to wager bonus funds while keeping their deposits safe. One player said he had collected £460 pounds after betting just £200 pounds. The unnamed player stated “We stumbled across it by chance, and couldn’t believe how stupid Caesars had been. We told all of our friends and family about it. In total, our family has made more than £3,000 from this glitch and one friend paid for his wedding with his winnings.” Caesar’s changed the gambling terms and conditions of the bonus after the glitch was discovered. A Caesar’s spokesperson stated “If they are taking advantage of something that is our error they will get to keep the advantage. If there’s fraud then there’s an issue.” The representative said that several player accounts have been suspended.

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