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The UK Gambling Commission has stopped bonus buys, so it's unlikely you'll be seeing them again after this week on any slots. What do you think of this move? 

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I don't like being told what I can and can't do with my own money, even if it is for my own good. 😁😁😁

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I would imagine it costs a lot of money to create the software for bonus buys, and it has to stop just like that??? 

I can still play Horus for £100 per spin, go figure. 

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Thrilled to f*cking bits! Now addicts... Sorry... Streamers will have to do something else other than play fucking Chilli.

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15 minutes ago, DaveM said:

Thrilled to f*cking bits! Now addicts... Sorry... Streamers will have to do something else other than play fucking Chilli.

I'm gonna miss that wheel 😭😭😭

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If you are betting within limits then spending more on one action shouldn't be an issue. Magic Mirror and Captain Venture type games that go 100's of spins without a bonus are worse because it seems inevitable you are going to be in deep before seeing a reasonable bonus. DOA2 needs a bonus buy because the base game is so boring and then the bonus does nothing 99% of the time. 

 The truth is players like to be on the right side of the volatility but complain when it bites them and bonus buys highlight a snapshot of how bad it can be.

 

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Doesn't add up if you can still spin more than a £100 spin online. Some games I play on jackpot joy you  can stake up to £150 per spin. Not that I do of course .

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First there was the removal of demo mode on slots, then the requirement to send verification docs before making your first deposit, now this. I said to myself a while back that the UK gambling industry is suffering from overregulation. It was supposed to be a joke! The UKGC didn’t have to prove my point! 😂

It was only 5 years ago when it was still possible for online casinos to offer their games to Brits with just an offshore gambling license. Times have certainly changed.

As with what others have said, it doesn’t make sense. £100 bonus buys are bad, but £100 regular spins are just fine? 🤔

In 2011, online poker players started moving out of the US to continue playing on PokerStars. Wouldn’t it be funny if a streamer decides to relocate outside the UK to continue streaming their bonus buys? 😂

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4 minutes ago, MikeV said:

First there was the removal of demo mode on slots, then the requirement to send verification docs before making your first deposit, now this. I said to myself a while back that the UK gambling industry is suffering from overregulation. It was supposed to be a joke! The UKGC didn’t have to prove my point! 😂

It was only 5 years ago when it was still possible for online casinos to offer their games to Brits with just an offshore gambling license. Times have certainly changed.

As with what others have said, it doesn’t make sense. £100 bonus buys are bad, but £100 regular spins are just fine? 🤔

In 2011, online poker players started moving out of the US to continue playing on PokerStars. Wouldn’t it be funny if a streamer decides to relocate outside the UK to continue streaming their bonus buys? 😂

The removal of demo play really threw me too. A month or two back there was a thread to say how awful a slot was so I thought I’d try it out on demo play and see for myself. When it said I needed to supply all this documentation just to wager £0, I was surprised to say the least. Especially considering I come from a seaside town where children of any age can (and do) play fruit machines for real money....

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Streamers are moving from their place of origin Just to stream and moving to Malta, I'm assuming they all choose Malta because of its gambling laws? 

All the streamers on Twitch seem to be based there. 

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I wouldn't be surprised to learn nicks lots is already there. Saw his recent video with his casino grounds hoody on and the poster for 300 shields in the background. Pure cringe and totally transparent he has a serious deal with the casino

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2 hours ago, BlindHaze said:

The removal of demo play really threw me too. A month or two back there was a thread to say how awful a slot was so I thought I’d try it out on demo play and see for myself. When it said I needed to supply all this documentation just to wager £0, I was surprised to say the least. Especially considering I come from a seaside town where children of any age can (and do) play fruit machines for real money....

There is still one way to play the games in demo mode, and that is with a VPN. Below I’ve taken a few screenshots of the Dream Vegas homepage as seen from 3 different countries.

The first pic shows the site as seen from the UK. Notice when I select Goonies, it brings up the “Play Now” button, but no option to play for fun.

The second pic is how the site is shown to someone in Costa Rica. Selecting Goonies brings up two choices - “Play for Real” and “Play for Fun.”

The third pic is what a US visitor sees. The site is visible, but no slots appear in the lobby, since the US is a prohibited jurisdiction.

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I’m not surprised to be honest.

online gambling is very much in the cross hairs of the UKGC and this is just the beginning.

its only a matter of time now until some or all of the following happens:

Spins capped at a smaller value (like £5)

Table games capped 

Operators are to assess players spend and impose caps on their deposits (yes you will have to provide proof of earnings)

Gambling accounts will show in your credit file

Advertising becomes ever more restricted 

Free bets/bonuses etc. Are banned

Streaming of gambling is banned.

Is this all draconian? Yes and No in my opinion, I’m not for the “nanny state” but people have to accept that the government  hast to protect the public from harm even if that is a small proportion. Online operators are literally draining people’s bank accounts like water running into a drain and this has to be addressed and some of what goes on just now like bonus buys and eye bleed value spins is simply dangerous.

I don’t think the government want to stop people enjoying a bit of leisure time and fun but for a growing number of people the fun has literally stopped and the social cost is growing.

Be honest, how many on this forum could afford to play slots at £10 a spin regularly, never mind £100? Those that can legitimately afford such values are a very small minority and those ordinary people who get sucked into high value high risk gambling generally only end up in one of two place, rehab or the bankruptcy courts.

The FOBT cap was just the beginning and in that front I expect the slider roulette and mega/ultra play on slots will be pretty high on the UKGC hit list.

 

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Demo plays: go to SG Digital website  > learn about our games>try some of our games. Not all of them work and they don't have every game but many are playable. I done about 12 bonus buys on 300 shields and got one good bonus and Gods Of Olympus Megaways plus some of the other megaways were fun to trial with chunks of money I would never bet. It has a force option on some slots so you can just bring in the scatters or bonus you want to see. Some FOBT and casino slots too. It's a nice place for people who are on Gamstop or just don't want to give details to... until some busybody closes that loophole.

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Can anyone advise? On Rainbow Riches pick n mix, you can pick three bonuses, then press BB to play the feature. You have to buy it. This costs between £10 and £25. If you win you play the feature, with no guarantee to make a profit. If you lose you get 5 free spins on the rainbow riches base game, as you have to buy the bonus, is this a bonus buy, if so when does the online sites have to remove there bonus buy by. Many thanks for any info.

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