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Read Online Casino Message Boards with Caution

May 27, 2009

Every facility can be used beneficially or can be abused. The same is true for online casino message boards. Many online casinos or portals related to online casino gambling provide message boards where registered members can enter their comments, views, complaints and even their questions. These messages are in the public domain and can be read by other members, who can respond to these messages if they so feel like.

The advantages of such a message boards are obvious. Readers can know what others feel about an online casino or a casino game. This can help them in the selection of online casinos or online games. New players can avoid the pitfalls made by others before them. Players can even use message boards to clarify their doubts regarding how to use a particular function in the software or how best to tackle issues related to bonuses and deposits. With customer support players are dealing with the casino management which has a self interest. On message boards players are dealing with disinterested parties and are therefore more assured with the answers received.

Online portals rarely monitor or interfere with what is written on their message boards except in reported cases of unsocial behavior. Therefore readers of message boards must remember that what is written is the opinion of the writer and not of the online portal. They must keep in mind that the writers may be mistaken or may intentionally be providing incorrect information. It is up to the reader to independently verify what is written and if he acts on the information provided is doing so at his own risk. The online portal will not be liable for any consequences.

There are people who intentionally abuse the message boards. They are usually disgruntled players who have an axe to grind with certain online casinos or their staff. They often write false stories and provide incorrect information in an attempt to create a bad impression about the online casino that they have a quarrel with. Therefore readers of message boards should check out the information at other message boards or at more authentic sources like Casino Launchpad or Casino Advisor. When the information at the message board does not tally with the reader's own experience the reader should take time out and write his opinion so that others can make a considered decision after reading both sides. After all message boards function best if the users receive and give in equal measure.

Above all readers of message boards should learn how to avoid falling into the trap of bonus abusers. Bonus abusers are players who try to receive bonuses are not due to them by acting in violation of the bonus rules. When caught they create a furor against online casino at message boards and exhort others to raise voices against the casino. They even advise others to act in a manner that violates the bonus terms so that there are more people fighting against the casino. Following such advice is very dangerous. It can lead to suspension from the casino and also to the bonus amounts being frozen.

Therefore players who write at message boards must do so with a sense of responsibility. There are others who may act on their advice. And players who follow the advice given on the message boards must do so after independent verification. If message boards are used well then the entire industry will benefit.

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