The maximum bonus amount for this offer is £250 and although I did have that much in my e-wallet at the time I wasn't really sure that I ought to go the whole hog this particular day as I wasn't very rich and should I fail to complete the wagering requirement attached to this bonus money I would definitely have been in a bit of a muddle financially for the rest of the week. After what felt like an eternity of deliberations I eventually decided to deposit only the £150 I had taken out of the casino after my last session, still a reasonably chunky amount of money but I reasoned with myself that I could easily have lost this amount the last time I played at this casino and so therefore had basically nothing to lose by putting it back in to take advantage of this bonus deal.
The 40x wagering (bonus amount only) gave me a target of £6,000 to clear in order to convert my balance to cash and I decided to get started with Dead or Alive as I had done during my last session because I hadn't had any wild line bonus rounds or sets of five scatters on that occasion and felt that surely the game owes me something special by this point... right?! I set my bet at 0.72, a little higher than I normally go for but I figured I would drop it back down if I wasn't having much luck by the time I lost half of my balance. Things didn't go very well though and it took less than an hour to reach the £150 mark, making me wonder if I should lower my bets to something that would last a little longer or up them further still in the hope of catching a balance saver of epic proportions.
Well, being a typically adventurous gambler I went with the option of increasing up to 1.35 per spin and despite hitting a few bonus rounds over the next hour, my balance was only going in one direction. I had resolved to this being a dead end session when I finally hit four scatters with less than £40 on my account and had a wild on all five reels (but no wild line) bringing me back up to a semi-respectable £200 or so. At this stage I decided to change games and had a few hundred spins on several of my other NetEnt favourites but my biggest win was only around 100x my stake and I just couldn't manage to get myself in front no matter what game or bet size I tried.
Final result? I cleared wagering with just £30 left on my account, and took that over to Blackjack to try and double my way up to a big balance.... what do you know, for a change IT WORKED! My heart was pounding like a jack hammer on my final bet of £256, and I literally laughed out loud when an ace followed by a ten appeared on screen for a win of £640 and a finishing balance of £1,204.50. I'd spent hours and hours playing slots without anything exciting happening yet had suddenly managed a jump from £30 to over £1,200 in the space of less than ten minutes. The monster inside me was screaming at me to place a couple more bets, try a £512, or another couple of £256 ... I'm so glad I resisted these urges and took my money and ran as the profit I made has paid for a holiday to Budapest next year for me and my fella with a whole lot of gambling budget left over as well!
I haven't been back to Monte Carlo as yet, but this has definitely been something of a "lucky" casino for me up this point and therefore I'm determined to see if that luck could continue once I am no longer using their bonus offers. Wish me luck guys, and give them a try yourselves too!