Closing of Winster gaming site and personal reflections.
Last week while checking my e-mail inbox, I was shocked to open an e-mail from Winster. I've been used to receiving e-mails occasionally from Winster since July 2010. However, unlike the other e-mails that normally included good news, this one had a message I wasn't expecting. The e-mail basically stated that the website was closing soon. I definitely wasn't expecting to hear that. Now that the site is closing, I thought I would reflect upon my time on the site. Please read on...
What is Winster?
Founded by Michelle Kaplan, who goes by "Winnie Winster", Winster is an online social community gaming site where users can win prizes. Unlike most gaming sites online where players compete against each other , players on Winster have to work together in order to earn points faster. The social aspect of the Winster is what makes it popular among it's users. The site seems to be geared toward people 50 and over, but there are members from all age groups who participate. A standard membership for Winster is absolutely free. However, there are three different paying memberships that are offered. They are classified as bronze, silver, and gold memberships. Each of these memberships allow players to earn 4 times the points that a non-paying member would earn. Each day that a player logs onto Winster, they receive a set amount of spins based on their membership levels. The higher your membership status is, the more spins you receive.
More on Winster.
The spins given to members on are site go towards the various games available to members of Winster. The most popular game on the site is Slot Social. Slot Social is a slot machine style game where members hit the spin button in order to receive game pieces. Just like a standard slot machine, the pieces vary in points. The goal is to match five of the same pieces in order to achieve the highest point total possible. What makes it more interesting is that pieces can be traded among the players who are in the same room. For example, if a player needs one more cherry to make five cherries to cash out, they can offer to trade one of their pieces with another player who has a cherry. If the other player accepts, the first player receives the cherry, thus helping them to cash out and earn. This is where the social and friendship aspect of the game comes into play. Although Slot Social is probably Winster's most popular game, here is a list of the other games included on Winster: Poker Pals, Spell Squad, Matchmaker, Burger Buddy, Doku Deluxe, Bingo Bash, Picture Magic, Chain Gang, and Facets. Each game has a different style of play and various point values. There is basically a game that suits almost anyone on Winster.
How I came to know about Winster, and my time on there.
I became a standard member of Winster back in July of 2010. I joined the site through Sendearnings, which is an online earning website that I've been involved with for several years now. For every one million points I accumulated on Winster, I could request a prize of 4 dollars to be put into my Sendearnings account. Although this is the prize that I cashed out with most frequently, I also used my points to claim Amazon gift cards and other prizes through Winster. Some of the other prizes available on the site included: Fandango movie ticket prizes, Papa John's pizza prizes, Wal-Mart gift cards, restaurant gift cards, and various other prizes. I became a bronze member of Winster in the latter part of 2010, and I've maintained that membership up until the present. A bronze membership costs 4.99 a month. In my nearly two years on Winster, I've earned over 30 million points overall. I've also made some nice friends along the way. Some of them I've become friends with on Facebook, while others I have talked with on the phone frequently. Getting on Winster before going to sleep has become a regular habit for the over the last year and a half. Once the site closes for good, it will take some getting used to not playing on a daily basis.
As much as I hate to see the site shut down, I understand that all things eventually come to an end. I just wasn't expecting this with Winster, at least not at this point. Like I mentioned earlier, I've come across some nice people on Winster, and I plan to keep in touch with many of them. I also credit Winster for me getting into content writing online. I met a nice woman through Winster who told me about the various Internet writing sites out there. That encounter led to me getting into content writing, so I can definitely be thankful for that encounter on Winster. May 31, 2012 will be the last day the site will be available. I have accumulated 19 and a half million points that I've been saving to my account balance starting back last year. As soon as I reach 20 million points, I plan on cashing them in for the final time. I want to say thank you to Winster for allowing me to have a good time while playing on the site. I also want to thank Winster for allowing me to know some of the great people I've met through there. I wish everyone involved with the site the very best in the future. Thanks for reading.