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What is Great.com?
This is the origin story of Great.com. I’m honestly a little ashamed to share it with you, but it’s important because without it — we may never have set out on our mission to turn online casinos into charities.
In 2016, I met with a friend for dinner. He had recently returned from India and spent a good portion of the evening talking with me about a charity project he got involved in while away. The charity was working to prevent child trafficking as well as rescuing those who were being held captive and sold into slavery.
The stories he shared that night shook me to my core. They were experiences that nobody should ever have to go through, let alone five-year-old innocent children. I didn’t want to hear anymore, but at the same time — I couldn’t stop listening. Just hearing these stories made my eyes water up.
After he left that evening, I remember feeling that I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if I kept thinking about these children without doing anything to help them.
So, I had two choices.
- I could dedicate my life to helping these children and others like them.
- I could ignore the problem, pretend like I’d never heard it, and move on with my life.
I’m ashamed to say that I chose the second option. I went on with my life as if we never had the conversation and did nothing to help those children.
A few months later, the company I co-founded, Catena Media, was listed on the Stockholm Nasdaq Stock Exchange with a valuation of €150 million. It was actually my 28th birthday when we rang the bell, and I made more than €15 million that day— more money than I could ever have imagined, and more than I’ll ever need.
This was the moment I had worked my whole life for, and I was filled with pure joy unlike anything I had ever felt before — but, this feeling lasted for about a week.
I remember waking up a couple of weeks after that day feeling that all of that joy was gone. I wasn’t feeling well. My stomach was a mess. I had been in an argument with my girlfriend the night before. I didn’t even want to get out of bed.
How could I have been so happy a few weeks before and have more money than I could ever spend, but still feel alone and broken?
Yes, money solved some problems, many problems even. But, I wasn’t happy — and I didn’t understand why. I had reached all of my goals.
A little while later, another friend asked me to go with him to a small town in Africa and help build a school. He was working with a charity, and they needed some additional funding to finish the project — so I donated what was needed and bought a flight for the opening ceremony a few months after.
When I arrived in the town, I remember it so vividly. In the midst of this dark and gloomy square surrounded by crumbling buildings and rubble stood this beautiful, bright, and colorful school — a splash of color (red, yellow, and green).
This was the school I had helped build, and I was filled with a sense of joy and pride. I had contributed to turning this idea into a reality. I had built websites before, but this time it was an actual building in front of me. It was something completely different.
But it wasn’t until later that night, I really understood what this school meant to this village.
Torsten, the project leader, looked me in the eye and told me with the utmost sincerity that “In this new school, the children are not beaten up.”
I didn’t fully understand what that meant. Of course, the children wouldn’t be beaten up.
Then, it clicked — in this village, in this country, children get beaten up. In this area of the world and other countries like it, it’s often the children that suffer the worst. However, not in the new school. In the new school that we built, the splash of colors, the kids are protected, they feel safe, and they have hope.
I often say that this was the trip when I actually understood the meaning of my life. Until then, my life was centered around myself, status, and material things. However, after that trip, I realized the true purpose of money. Money can create safety. Money can help innocent children. Money can make a real difference. The meaning of my life is to help others.
I now had a purpose, helping others. I spent a lot of time working with several different charities looking for the best way for me to contribute. I knew I could do a lot of good, but I just didn’t know how to maximize my value and expertise. Should I build more schools? Should I help prevent child trafficking?
I soon realized that the answer was neither.
Imagine a Pile with $1 Million in Cash
This may seem like a weird twist in the story, but follow me for a second — I promise it’ll make sense.
I want you to visualize a pile of cash equal to $1 million dollars.
Now, imagine there are 100 piles just like that. We’re talking $100 million in cash.
Now, imagine 300,000 piles. That’s 300,000 piles of $1 million each or $300 billion dollars.
If you’re like me, you can’t even begin to fathom this amount of money. So, think about it like this – that’s enough money to completely layer an entire football pitch in several feet of cash.
$300 billion dollars may seem like an absurd amount of money, but that’s roughly how much money the gambling industry makes in revenue every year. That’s right, every year the gambling industry makes $300 billion dollars and could turn Wembley Stadium into a ball pit of cash.
Now, what if someone decided to take all that money and put it towards solving world hunger or fighting the global climate crisis?
This idea is exactly why I started Great.com. I’m not a carpenter, so I’m not much help at building schools and unfortunately, I don’t know enough about child trafficking to begin solving that problem. But, I’m pretty damn good at making money in the online gambling industry and have been working in digital marketing for almost two decades.
I know how to build an online casino affiliate business that can generate significant money, and I can use that money to make a significant difference in the world — far more than if I were to just contribute my time or own money to causes. So, I’ll work to take as much money as possible from that football pitch and put it to good use.
Great.com’s sole purpose is to generate as much money as possible as an online casino marketing company so that we can donate 100% of our profits to high-impact charities working to solve the world’s biggest problems.
Why Online Casinos?
The question we get more than any other is “if your goal is to do good in the world, why are you working with casinos?”
Casinos — gambling in general — have a public stigma surrounding them and for good reason. Many people associate gambling with addiction, loss, or harm. While there is certainly merit to the risks of problem gambling and its effects on mental health and society, there are also several reasons why this industry makes a lot of sense for Great.com and its mission.
- I’m afraid to fail: This is a vulnerable reality, but I simply do not want to fail — for both my ego and for the good I want to do in the world. You see, my experience and past successes have all been within the gambling industry. It’s a market where I believe I can earn the most revenue which means it’s the best way for more to donate the most amount of money. While I’d love to build Great.com in any number of other, less-controversial industries, I care more about succeeding and donating the most money that I can — which means working with online casinos.
- I’m passionate about gambling: I’ve worked in the online gambling industry my entire adult life. Partly because I’m really good at it, but also because I enjoy it. My first real experience with gambling was playing online poker as a teenager. I even became a professional poker player before eventually starting an online casino marketing company, Catena Media. I want to continue working in this space because I genuinely enjoy it.
- No one else will do it: I’ve worked in the online gambling industry for over a decade and no one that I know of has ever tried building an online casino brand that donates 100% of its profits to charity — and I doubt anyone else would ever try it. The time, money, and other resources required to make this project a success is a huge risk and not something many other gambling entrepreneurs would have the patience or drive to try. Of course, I could start a business in any other industry, but would it be unique? A completely charitable online casino brand is unlike anything else out there, and I believe it gives us a unique differentiator from other brands.
- I want to redefine the gambling industry: Casinos are inherently greedy — their models are literally built around something called “the house edge,” which refers to how much percentage of a bet the casino is expected to retain on average. “Giving” willingly is not what this industry is known for, but that doesn’t mean it can’t change. We want to lead by example and show other gambling brands that there is value in philanthropy. Maybe 20 years from now, casino brands will be known as some of the biggest and most influential drivers of positive change in the world. I’ve met many amazing and intelligent people in this space, and I know that if we all were working together to make the world better, the world would be better.
- Charity opens up a lot of opportunities: Building a casino brand centered around charity is unlike anything else in the space, which means that we are already starting off with more value than our competitors. As an online casino brand, a big focus of ours is driving organic attention via Google and other search engines. One of the best ways to do that is through partnerships and other PR-oriented strategies. By working with charities, we can gain more attention, develop better content, and provide our visitors with a unique, unmatched experience. This means we have an opportunity to grow quickly and use our charitable arm to reach larger audiences and gain more revenue which we can then donate.
I could keep going on with many more reasons why starting a charity in the online gambling industry makes sense for us. But, in short, I believe the best way to make the largest impact in the world is to focus on charity and online casinos.
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Why Online Casinos in New Jersey?
If we want to get more technical, the next question would be why online casinos in New Jersey? The U.S. is still in its infancy when it comes to online gambling. In fact, online casinos are not even legal in several other states, but online casinos are legal in New Jersey.
While the current amount of restrictions in the U.S. online gambling industry might seem like a negative, we’re approaching Great.com with a 50-year vision. We’re looking for long-term, sustainable, and high-yield markets which we believe the U.S. online gambling market to become in the future.
By entering the New Jersey gambling market, we can begin growing our brand and better position Great.com as a reputable and trusted website for online casino reviews so that when other U.S. markets legalize online gambling, we already have a footprint.
Having as much experience as we do in the casino industry gives us a unique perspective when testing New Jersey online casinos. Not only are these casinos drastically different from the online casinos in Sweden or other countries, but they are vastly different from each other within the same NJ online casino market.
From the best NJ online casinos bonus and no deposit casino bonus to the number of casino games on the site and their page load speeds, no two casinos are the same. This quality variance is important because it’s how we test and rank each online casino.
You see, Great.com’s different from other online casino affiliates because we actually devout hours of time and resources into testing every NJ online casino for factors like:
- The actual bonus value of their welcome bonus and/or no deposit bonuses
- The speed and responsiveness of their customer support
- The size of their casino game library
- The website speed of their online casino
As far as we know. No one else does testing the way we do. We believe that only by testing these types of categories at every online casino, can we then truly rate the casinos and provide honest reviews in an unbiased manner with complete objectivity.
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Why Online Casinos in Sweden?
Just like New Jersey, the Swedish online casino market is another legal and regulated online gambling market. It’s also the market we know the best because it’s my birth country and where I first began working in the gambling industry.
Unlike the U.S. online gambling industry, the Swedish online casino market is much more mature. This presents new challenges given the competitive landscape and size of other casino affiliates — but our rapport with other operators and our unique approach gives us value unlike any of our competitors.
In Sweden, we’re already working with amazing brands like Maria Casino, Lucky Casino, Spin Casino, Unibet Casino, and Paf, and we are looking to extend and grow these relationships over many years to come.
What Value Do We Provide Users?
Many users turn to casino brands like Great.com for educational and entertainment purposes. So, we offer online gambling articles which cover market-related news, tips and tricks for players, and other fun and informative short-form content. We also have several long-form gambling guides for players looking to learn more about a specific casino game — slots guides, blackjack guides, roulette guides, poker guides, and a guide to sports betting.
We provide all of the guides and articles that you would come to expect from a casino affiliate, but we also strive to offer value unmatched by any of our competitors. This is where our casino test results and objective online casino reviews separate us.
For example, if you’re an online casino player, you may eventually have an issue while playing at a casino. Maybe you’re having a hard time understanding the wagering requirements of a new deposit bonus or maybe you just want to know why your withdrawal hasn’t been processed yet. Whatever the issue, you may decide to email customer support.
Wouldn’t it be nice if you knew which NJ online casino has the best customer support before you end up in a situation where you actually need it? Most online casino reviews have the casino support number or email address, but that’s it. We decided the best value for our users and for their gambling experience is if we actually tested each casino and measured their speed and responsiveness.
So, we sent the same 10 emails to each casino’s support address at different times and days for weeks until we tested every casino the same way and number of times. We then analyzed the results looking at whether they responded, the time between sending our question and receiving a response, and the overall helpfulness of the response.
With this data, we can now objectively tell you which NJ online casino has the best and fastest customer service. So, if you’re choosing between playing at 888 casino NJ, Resorts online casino, and Borgata online casino, you can know which one has the best customer support which is another consideration factor.
Our test results are unlike any other information online for casinos, and if you wanted to run these tests yourself, it would take you a lot more time and effort individually.
We asked ourselves what we would value when weighing online casinos and used those questions to determine the categories to focus on with our tests. Another really important factor when choosing an online casino is the value of the different bonuses they offer.
Casinos promote their first deposit and no deposit bonuses heavily, and most casino players have little understanding of what these bonuses actually mean. You see phrasing like “100% match bonus up to $1,000!” but this doesn’t show you the full picture.
We decided to create a mathematical formula that would allow you to determine the actual value of each casino bonus (Actual Bonus Value or ABV). This calculation tells you how much that casino bonus is actually worth once you’ve completed the wagering requirements and other conditions outlined in the Terms & Conditions.
The ABV isn’t just a great way to see the actual value of an individual bonus, but it also allows you to rank the value of one casino bonus against another. You can very quickly determine which NJ online casino has the best welcome bonus out of Mohegan Sun online casino, Party Casino NJ, and Unibet NJ for example.
Our test results for each casino are outlined extensively on every online casino review as our individual test results page which includes a complete breakdown of our test process, the data we collected, the issues we faced, and the final rankings of each casino for that test. Our tests are also used to build our star rating system which provides the user a more visual representation of that online casino’s quality compared to the entire pool of casinos.
Then, if you’re deciding between playing at Virgin Casino, Hard Rock Casino online, Pala Casino NJ, or Golden Nugget online casino — all you need to do is look at the ranking of each to help guide your decision. While there are other reasons to choose an online casino, we believe our tests offer a baseline of quality that can be used by most players to determine the best available casino.
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What Value Do We Provide the Online Casino Industry?
The main value we provide to the online casino industry is rooted in our recently launched initiative — iGaming for Future. This project aims to unite the gambling industry to do more good. As we discussed earlier, the gambling industry brings in $300 billion dollars annually, and if we can redirect some of that money to positive causes either through our own contributions or by influencing other affiliates or casinos themselves, we can make the world a better place.
We want to be the driving force that helps change the perception of the gambling industry from greed and negativity to philanthropy and generosity. Casinos, sportsbooks, lotteries, etc. are a real part of our society and will be a big part of our culture in the future.
With iGaming for Future, we want to inspire others to do good, provide educational resources to guide others on the best and most effective philanthropic decisions, and support others within the gambling industry on collaborative and charitable projects.
We’ve already started the iGaming for Future initiative. We have worked with several casino brands to support the Against Malaria Foundation, and we are constantly looking for more impactful ways to make the world better.
If you are in the gambling industry and you want to make a change in this world, don’t hesitate to reach out!
Great.com is an online casino marketing business donating 100% of its profits to high-impact charities.
iGaming for Future is an initiative by Great.com to motivate other gambling brands to do more good.
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