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Reports Show That 2016 Was Great for Online CasinosPublished January 29, 2017 by Ivan P
Reports from prominent brands indicate that 2016 was a great year for online casino players and operators alike.
Although we've had our suspicions that 2016 was a pretty good year for online casinos overall, these were officially confirmed by two reports we received from BETAT and Slotty Vegas Casino. The numbers presented by two of the leading casinos in the industry show clear and significant progress in terms of bonuses made available to players, big wins for small stakes players, and a general improvement in terms of the RTP (Return To Player).
Millions of € in Bonuses
According to the report by BETAT, the casino gave out close to €1.9 million in bonuses during 2016. Slotty Vegas Casino outmatches that number slightly, with a bit over €2 million in bonuses distributed to their players. Of that total, 65.4% players at BETAT managed to turn their bonus cash into real money, while 69.5% of players managed the same feat at Slotty Vegas. The average RTP for both casinos was slightly above the 97% mark, which is fairly high.
For BETAT, the biggest promotion of the year was their campaign to 'Make Christmas Great Again.' The casino distributed a total of €183,871 in bonuses among their players. The most impressive wins of the year happened on Dead or Alive and Break da Bank Again slots, where players achieved wins equaling more than 4,000x their bets.
A Win-Win Situation
Despite all the bonuses given out, online casinos still made a tidy profit for themselves. BETAT casino saw more than 3.5 million visitors during 2016, while that number was close to 4.4 million at Slotty Vegas. The two casinos combined offered 164 different promos in total, giving players more chance to win big but also enticing them to play more.
This created a real win-win situation, where players were given what they wanted, while casino revenues kept improving. The lucky ones managed to strike big wins, like Australian P. Jhonson who won AUD90,366 at BETAT or Finnish player A. Korhonen who pocketed €55,179 at Slotty Vegas Casino. Many others, of course, weren't as lucky.
Online Casino Market Improving
Overall, online casino market has shown some significant improvements in 2016, and this trend is likely to continue in 2017. Players love to be given generous bonuses and play on slots with a high RTP, while casinos easily make up for whatever they give out in bonuses through increased number of players and volume of play.
It is also interesting to note that two of the most played slots in 2016 were Thunderstruck II and Starburst, two of the classics, proving that players like to stick to the games they know and love.