Still, with a maximum bonus amount of £200 once again I would of needed to drop £400 this time around in order to receive the maximum bonus and that was definitely more than I was comfortable with - three drinks inside me or not! In the end I went for £200, justifying this to myself by thinking that at least the wagering requirement of 40x the bonus amount would be £4,000 this time rather than £8,000 if I'd put the £200 in for the full 100% match, and with a starting balance of £300 I could surely manage to wager my money 13 times and come out with a profit if I was "careful".
Of course, being "careful" means absolutely nothing when playing on-line slots and another hour later when I was £100 down without having had much of a win to get excited about I was struggling to decide what strategy I should be using in order to maximize my chances of success. Big or small bets? High or low variance games? Do I try some new slots, that sometimes works out good for me? It's all a bit of a minefield and in the end I decided to just go to bed and come back on a fresh head and see if the games would be any kinder to me.
As much as I curse NetEnt games for their low payouts at the best of times lots of them can be good to play with a bonus as they do seem to take your money at a slower rate than Microgaming slots, even if the big wins don't come anywhere near as often. Thunderfist gave me an early boost and I also tried "King of Slots" after having quite a bit of success on the game in a free tournament the previous week and I quickly got my balance back up above my starting balance of £300.
Switching over to Microgaming I hit my old favourite "The Finer Reels", then cursed when the bonus landed and I remembered I had yet to unlock any of the additional features. I needn't have worried as I got a monster win in the 5x free spins after two retriggers and after spending most of the afternoon hitting a selection of my other favourite games I finally had a withdrawable balance of £230 - a small profit on my deposit, but I wasn't ready to give in yet and carried on playing Play N Go's "Wild North" for another hour, finally managing to hit the cashout button at £350. That's more like it!
As it turned out then I was glad I had saved my big deposit for the smaller 50% match - funny how things work out sometimes, but there we go. I'd made my deposit using my debit card as e-wallet customers aren't eligible to receive the welcome bonus offers and had to wait a few days for the money to arrive but based on my experience of making debit card withdrawals in the past I think it's a fair guess that CasinoLand processed my money within 24 hours or so. Despite it being my first withdrawal there were no delays and I wasn't asked for my ID either, which I have been at some of the other MTS casinos so either they were able to verify me using data already on file within their company or they have electronic verification systems at this brand that they didn't have back when I signed up at some of their other casinos.
Whatever the case I had a great time playing this bonus and a thoroughly positive experience from CasinoLand as a whole.