The art of holding on

The art of holding on

Dustin Jermalowicz | POSTED IN Blackjack |

Last week I wrote an article on how I claimed a bonus at DraftKings Casino in Michigan, taking advantage of a 1x game on the bonus to play blackjack and take it for almost $ 100. This led to the casino accusing me of bonus abuse and warning me not to start over. How this constitutes bonus abuse is beyond me, as I did exactly what the terms and conditions called for. Still, it got me thinking about bonuses, and how to hold on and not play for long periods of time can lead to some spectacular bonuses to come.

For those who don’t know, online casino and sports betting arrived in Michigan in regulated form in January of this year. We’ve seen a lot of operators come in and launch services, which means there’s a lot of competition. This led the betting groups to come up with juicy bonuses to get bettors to their sites and caused them to report massive losses for the first few months.

As a bonus hunter this opening month has been huge for me. I took the casino for quite a bit of money, and after those bonuses started to dry up, I stopped playing in the casinos. I’m not necessarily in a place to play, but instead I just want to use the casino’s promotions against them. For me, this has led me to stay away from all sites… that is, until I start receiving interesting emails.

The bonuses I have

After avoiding a site for a few weeks, I started getting free chip offers worth $ 25. Later I would start getting free bets on the different sports betting sites. These are all great and are basically free money, but they weren’t that juicy. I noticed that the longer I stayed away, the better the bonus offers I would start to receive. 20% matches with a 1x wagering requirement (from DraftKings) were obtained, as were 100% match offers with a 5x wagering requirement, among others.

Puzzled, I claimed these bonuses and managed to play blackjack all the way to playthrough using basic site strategies. I managed to cash out each time and the bonuses waned. As I waited a few more weeks again, I started to see more bonuses coming in. Of course, now I’m starting to see that blackjack games only contribute 10% of the required bonus you need to wager, which means you really have to work to pass. Still, it is very possible if you are disciplined and are able to play around with this basic strategy.


Ultimately, I just want to let you, the reader, know that if you aren’t getting good bonuses from the sites, it may be safe to just sit back. Make the casino WANT you, not you WANT to play at the casino. Patience is a virtue, and if you put that patience to good use, you can come away with good dough.

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