Quality Entertainment Cheaper than Social Games?

Admit it: you play social games. If not Farmville or Harvest Swap, it's Candy Crush or something similar. Or is it DoubleDown? MyVegas? Big Fish Casino? And now I have a question for you: have you ever topped up your account at these through an in-app purchase? You have, haven't you? Now what if I tell you this: don't play paid slots, play them for free here? Would you believe I'm offering you a completely free alternative?

Whoever told you that social games are free, was either mistaken, or a big, fat liar. Social games are built with one goal in mind: making money for their operators. Playing them will give you the satisfaction of being entertained, but at the same time they will also either force feed you a series of ads (which they get money for) or constantly nag about how you should buy their "special", "starter pack", "unlimited play" or any number of promotional offers. For real money, of course.

OK, I know, their position is understandable - they are businesses after all, making a living (and quite a living!) off the ad revenues and in-app purchases in their games. But I find their practice of promoting themselves as "free" and making money off ads a big hypocritical. But there is an alternative - one that will provide you with games at the highest standards, but won't cost you a dime. It's called "real money gaming".

This might sound a bit controversial at first, but let me explain.

Real money online casinos have a business model that is completely different from the so-called "free" games. They make money off the wagers players willingly - and knowingly - place on their games, and don't rely on advertising revenues at all. This means that they will only make money off you if you want to give them that money. And it is OK, they are valid businesses, that's what they do.

But the same operators offer their players some tools that are meant to make their experience better. Among them you will find "practice play" or "playing for fun". This is a tool originally meant to allow new players to familiarize with the concept of an online gaming portal without having to commit a dime to playing. The only thing they require is for players to register an account and log on choosing "practice". Voila - doing so will give you access to the complete collection of games a real money gaming venue has to offer, and with no costs at all.

Of course, the operator will send you special offers - its own special offers - and occasionally tell you that whatever you win there is virtual money. But this doesn't make the fun any less... um, fun, right?




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