Confused about all the different kinds of bonuses out there? Don't worry, we got you covered! We're gonna dive in the deep end with you and explain all the different kinds of bonuses, which ones to look out for, and which ones could potentially be nothing more than big time-wasters! There are different types of bonuses in online casinos: welcome offers, no-deposit bonuses, VIP Programs, Free spins, Tournaments, cashbacks and happy hours. You will probably find not many casinos offering all these promotions at the same time because, usually, a casino has just a couple of offers with a welcome bonus being the most common one.
Every bonus is different in size and value and has different bonus terms. You should take into account wagering requirements, limits on winnings and bets, the time for fulfilling wagering. After reading all the rules you may want to decline the bonus, but some casinos don’t even have such an option.
You may stumble upon tricky terms attached to bonuses, and you should watch out. We are going to tell you all the necessary information about bonuses in the most understandable way. Let’s start with the main types of bonuses.
Each casino has its own set of bonuses, which usually can be found on the “Promotions” page. You can see the following offers there:
Welcome Bonus - the most common offer for new players only that can cover multiple deposits. You can get a bonus for your first deposit, or be awarded with more freebies for the second, third, fourth, and even fifth deposits. These bonuses can differ in match percentages and amounts. For example, a standard first deposit bonus may bring you 100% bonus up to €100, and it’s not bad, but not impressive either. In addition to extra credits, there also may be some free spins attached to the offer. Remember, that a small casino welcome bonus is better than no bonus at all;
No Deposit Bonus - a bonus you get upon registration which doesn’t require any deposit. Not a lot of casinos offer this promotion, so consider checking it out when you come across it. It usually is a good way to get a feel for the casino and the games they offer. As a rule, you can get around €10, or a handful of free spins.
Reload Bonuses - a promotion for permanent players. It’s like a welcome bonus for your 10th or 25th deposit. You can also get cash and free spins. The percentage and size can differ.
Free Spins - an offer for those who like to spin some reels. Usually the spins are offered on a particular slot chosen by the casino: Cleopatra, Starburst, Fluffy Favourites, and others. In some cases, you are welcome to choose the game you’d like to play on. These offers range from 10 to 100 free spins, but they are usually very limited in time. You have to fulfil the wagering during 1 week or even 1 day.
Spin on the Wheel of Fortune - an inferior alternative to a welcome offer or free spins. Some casinos offer you a chance to win some free spins or other prizes (or nothing at all) by spinning a wheel-of-fortune thing.
Cashbacks - a promotion similar to what some payment services or credit cards offer. Even if your luck has turned the other way and you got nothing from you deposit, a part of the funds will be returned to you.
Happy Day/Hour - a promotional offer which can potentially bring you anything. It could be free spins during a certain period of time, some cash bonuses, or even a pizza. (Yes, we’re not kidding!)
Comp Point Program - rewards for playing. You don’t have to do anything to get comp points except for playing casino games. The more you deposit, play, and wager - the more points you get. Usually, comp points are converted back to real money which can be withdrawn. Sometimes you can spend comp points buying some casino merchandise (hats, T-Shirts, cups, etc.), which can be found in the casino shop. Only a couple of most popular casinos has such online shops.
VIP Program - also offers comp points, but there are more benefits here. You can increase your VIP level, and as you do so they’ll will give you more and more rewards. Generally, you can get additional cashbacks, the assistance of a personal manager, extra bonuses and promotional offers, free spins, etc. Most casinos usually have a Comp Point Program or a VIP Program.
Tournaments - competitions for the most vigorous gamblers. There could be monthly, weekly, or daily tournaments at a casino. Generally, you should stake the largest numbers, bet the biggest sum, or just win more than other players.
There are also some exclusive bonuses which players get by email or SMS. Some gambling websites have uncommon promotional offers where you can win a laptop, smartphone or other prizes. Such offers are usually found on reputable websites with a large player base. There are also rewards for mobile players, where you get a bonus for downloading their application. Using specific payment methods can also bring you some rewards. For instance, many casinos offer huge bonuses for Bitcoin deposits.
Bonuses may seem cool until you start looking through their terms and rules thoroughly. That’s another important thing to explain.
Each promotional offer has specific Terms and Conditions (Bonus Terms). These are general rules which will help you understand how to claim the bonus and take full advantage of it. Some casinos have separated Bonus Terms, and some insert them into the General Terms and Conditions. We are going to tell you about main rules which are found in practically all Bonus Terms:
Wagering requirements - a condition you have to fulfill in order to cash out your bonus and the winnings from it. It applies to both cash bonuses and free spins. Simply put, this is the playthrough needed for the bonus funds to be transferred to the real balance, from where they can be withdrawn. Some casinos don’t have any wagering requirements, but usually, they offer a small bonus amount or only free spins. Low wagering requirements are also good - up to 30 times the bonus amount (30xB). There are also average wagering requirements (WRs), up to 50xB. Requirements higher than these are generally considered to be bad. The higher the WRs - the more time and efforts you need to put into fulfilling WRs. Let’s take an example of a 100% bonus up to €100 with 30xB WRs. You deposit €100 and get €100 as a match bonus from the casino, so you play with €200. You need to wager the €100 bonus amount 30 times. This means you have to make bets to the amount of €3000. Some casinos count the bonus and deposit amount and it’s worse. For example, if you have to wager 15 times the amount of deposit and bonus, it’s not that bad. However, generally, it’s much higher. Let’s take an example above with a 100% bonus up to €100 with 30xB+D WRs, you should place bets worth 30 times €200, so €6000. How about that, eh?
Restricted countries - Some casinos don’t accept residents of some countries, but you will want to look at the terms and conditions, especially the bonus terms, to see which countries are actually restricted from even claiming their bonus.
Restricted games - Usually, only slots contribute fully (100%) towards wagering requirements. Live games may not contribute at all; table games give just 10%, and so on. Some casinos even restrict slots by a certain provider or even specifically state that some slots contribute a lower percentage towards the wagering requirements.
Restricted Payment Methods - If you deposit via certain payment methods, you won’t be able to claim the bonus. Usually, casinos restrict Skrill and Neteller.
It is normal for a casino to permit claiming just one bonus offer at a time.
Minimum Deposit - All bonuses except no deposit bonuses require a minimum deposit. Normally, the minimum you should deposit to be able to claim the bonus is €10-€30.
Maximum Bet - It’s really great if the casino doesn’t have a maximum bet limit during wagering. Some casinos have reasonable limits, such as €50-€100 per bet, but most gambling websites will limit your bets to €5 or even €1.
Maximum win limit - It’s a good sign when the casino doesn’t have this limit. There could be ridiculous limits of €100 or less, but usually, you’ll see something like 4 times your initial deposit or a bit more.
Time Frame - You have to fulfill the wagering requirements during a certain period of time. It’s normal to have 1-3 month for this, or at least 21 days or 2 weeks, but some offer just 1 day or several hours.
There are some rules for claiming the bonus. Welcome Bonuses, for example, can be automatic, and you should contact the Support to decline it. Some bonuses have a promo code to enter, and others need to be confirmed with a tick in the Cashier.
Some bonuses only seam okay, having decent WRs and impressive sizes. The only thing which spoils everything is their non-cashability. Such bonuses are called sticky bonuses. You can’t withdraw them, but you still can withdraw the winnings from them while the initial bonus amount is deducted from the balance. Terms and Conditions usually make it hard to find this information, writing that the bonus is for wagering purpose only or other such-like stuff. You’d better not waste your time on such bonuses.
There are also half-sticky bonuses, which are even more tricky than the first ones. In practice, you can’t withdraw the bonus amount and can cash out the winnings. The tricky thing is that the money for wagering is first taken from the real balance, then from the winnings, and only after that - from the bonus. So, when you fulfill the wagering, you’ll be able to withdraw only whatever happens to be on the winnings meter. Well, we are happy to tell you that these bonuses are offered only by a couple of casinos.
Some terms are tricky in general. For example, they will post a huge list of games that only contribute 50% towards meeting wagering requirements or, even worse, they won't post a list at all and you'll have no way of knowing which games contribute fully. These practices double the actual wagering requirements, making them too high.
Best casino bonus has fair wagering terms. We’re here to help you find such beauties, even though they are few and far between. Online casino bonuses usually either have decent WRs or an impressive size. In general, it’s better to start playing at a casino with an “okay” bonus to find out if this casino fits your needs or not. Some promotions are just interesting and entertaining, and in this case all numbers simply don't matter.