When gambling in a brick and mortar casino gamblers are plied with free drinks, meals and hotel rooms. The equivalent in the online casino industry are bonuses of all shapes and sizes. Bonuses are mostly in the form of ‘free’ cash or free spins. The first bonus on offer when depositing is the Welcome Bonus. Online Casino’s welcome their first-time visitors with open arms and encourage them to make their way around the site using these free bonuses.
While often there can be catches to the Welcome bonuses on offer, they can also bring with them great reward. Just this year a gambler Nickelj87 used their Welcome Bonus to play True Sheriff, by Betsoft and ended up winning 55BTC at Betcoin.ag.
The most obvious aspect of a great Welcome Bonus is how high the percentage is that the casino will match your deposit. Most casino’s offer 100% as a minimum match on deposit while some do go higher. This often comes with a cap amount.
Along with the free money, casino’s give away Free Spins. This will allow the player to become familiar with the site but also with specific games for future play.200 Free Spins is a popular number of Free Spins on offer by a lot of casinos currently.
Another added bonus could be in the form of a Free Play Bonus. This is usually given by way of free credits to be used up in a certain period of time.
You need to check the restrictions on the Welcome Bonus. Those with the fewest restriction and that is available for use in your country would make for the best option.
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Its fair to say nothing in life is for free. That includes free money and spins in this instance. While casino’s do on occasion give a few free credits or spins, largely there is a catch.
The first thing to look at is what the wagering requirement is for the casino’s bonus programme. The higher the times the bonus and original bet need to be wagered before withdrawal is allowed, the tougher it is. This has been put in place so that players don’t receive the bonus and withdraw immediately.
Also, some games contribute to the bonus whereas in a lot of cases others don’t eg. Black Jack may not contribute at all to the Bonus where roulette does, or at different percentages which in turn will affect your wagering requirements. E.g. if the wagering requirement is x40 and Black Jack only contributes 10% you will in effect have to play x400 to reach the wagering requirement.
Time limitations apply nearly always. With regards to the bonus cash, this is mostly required to be used within 30 days but can be as little as 7. The Free Spins are also time restricted in that they will not be given to you all at once but rather staggered over a period of time.
Deposit bonuses do not carry withdrawal restrictions themselves but with the attached free spins, often there are withdrawal restrictions, and these can be quite low. It is advised again for players to read the T&C’s that apply to the bonus at hand.
Another catch that is often applied to these bonuses is a game restriction. On quite a few casinos Welcome Bonuses and spins, they will only be unlocked on certain games. Often these are not high RTP games. If you are using a sportsbook the bonuses usually unlock only to bets with high odds, making it very difficult for the gambler.
Besides the Welcome Bonus, there are a whole host of other promotions and bonuses on offer by casino’s to ensure a gambler of an optimized experience on their site, so that they will return for further play. A list of other bonuses includes 2nd, 3rd and or 4th Deposit Bonus, No Deposit Bonus, Reload Bonus, Weekend Bonus, and Free Spins. To name but a few.
A lot of casinos require a Bonus Code and you will put this in either the cashier section or send it to the support team so that they can release the credits. However, quite a few casinos will add the credits to your account automatically. It is always a good idea to check the T&C’s to see what a specific casino’s protocol is.
The T&C’s will carefully stipulate exactly how the Bonus works and what is required to get the credits unlocked as each casino has its own policy, but it is usually immediate with perhaps a few restrictions in place as mentioned above.
While some are straightforward and are what they say they are, there are the Bonuses that seem to be good to be true, and often they are. It is highly recommended when playing with any casino, you take the time to read through the T&C’s very carefully. Pay special attention to the wagering requirements.