Waiting for the bus? Riding on a train? Any other situation in which you have nothing to do?
The perfect times to play with your favorite slot machines online!
You have quite a few free games to choose from: DoubleDown, MyVegas, Big Fish Casino, and the list could go on forever. But all these share two features that I personally hate: they have a limited choice of games and they are not free. At all.
Despite them being advertised as free games, these social casinos have quite a lot of revenue. Slotomania, for example, is among the most lucrative iPhone apps of them all, with a daily (!) revenue of over $200,000. On iPhone only. In the US alone. Each day. If it’s as free as it’s advertised, how can it generate so much revenue, you might ask. The answer is advertising and in-app purchases. Whenever you run out of coins to play with, the game will offer you a chance to top up your account paying a symbolic amount (let’s say $1) for a huge amount of in-game cash (say, 100,000). And whenever you load the game, you will see ads to other games and apps, which make even more money for the developer. I’m not against their business model – they are free to make money as they wish – but I hate their hypocrisy.
An alternative to social casinos, which solves both of my problems, is choosing a real money online casino instead. And if you think of this as a contradiction, consider this: the vast majority of real money casinos online have a “practice” or “fun” mode as well. Most of the times you can play their games without even registering an account – you just navigate to their website, load the game and play on. You get quite enough virtual funds to play for hours, and when you run out, you just refresh the page, and play on.
Real money online casinos are not relying at all on ad revenues to run their businesses. They have a completely different business model, based on the cash spent by real money players. Their “fun” or “practice” mode is designed to help players familiarize with the workings of their service before spending any money on it. Of course, playing their free games will result in virtual winnings only, no real money.
There are millions of people out there (yours truly included) who enjoy a good game of blackjack or a few spins on a slot machine from time to time. Social casinos, with their ads and incentives (not to mention their constant nagging on how I should share my progress on Facebook) are not for me. But there are alternatives, completely free, with a much larger number of games.