Players love the chance to get a little something extra. Well, who doesn’t really? When it comes to casino bonuses, it can be tempting to claim every one you come across but that is not necessarily a good idea.
When choosing a casino bonus, you should take a few things into consideration to ensure you are making the best possible choice for you. Every player has a unique casino experience so it stands to reason that some bonuses may be better suited than others.
In this article, we will be talking about what players should keep in mind when claiming different types of casino bonuses.
1. Choose a no deposit bonus
The words ‘no deposit’ always pique players’ interest and for good reason. No deposit bonuses are awarded when players do something other than make a deposit. This can be as simple as signing up for a casino account or verifying your account via email or text.
Online casinos can also reward players with no deposit bonuses through routine promotions marking the launch of a new game, for example. Some brands have also been known to give out no deposit bonuses for players who engage with them on social media or as a reward for some other non-depositing action.
These bonuses can be anything, including bonus cash, free spins, loyalty points or any combination of these. The only limit is the casino’s imagination in this case, though most will offer perks from the list we just mentioned.
Check the bonus terms and conditions
While it’s nice to get something for nothing, there’s no such thing as a free lunch. What we mean by this is that even no deposit bonuses have rules and it’s important to be aware of them before you accept one.
Like every bonus at every casino at any time, no deposit bonuses are subject to terms and conditions. More players will already be familiar with the T&Cs but many casinos will have separate terms for no deposit bonuses specifically.
It’s also worth remembering that these bonus-specific rules are usually slightly stricter than the general bonus terms for a casino. You might notice higher wagering requirements, fewer eligible games and/or shorter time limits on these bonuses.
No deposit bonuses are a great way to enjoy casino play for longer and new players, in particular, can benefit from this kind of opportunity. Make sure you understand the rules before you claim a bonus to ensure you don’t end up with restrictions you are not happy with.
2. Look for a wager-free bonus
Most players are familiar with the concept of wagering requirements. These determine how much money a player must wager before winnings from bonus cash or bonus spins can be withdrawn. So far, so familiar.
Most casinos know that players are not the biggest fans of these requirements. Calculating the amounts involved can take some getting used to and meeting requirements can be an annoyance, particularly if game weightings skew in favour of games that the player is not keen on.
Luckily, a handful of casinos have taken this on board and offer what are called wager-free bonuses. Essentially, these are normal bonuses such as deposit bonuses, free spins bundles, bonus cash and so on, but any winnings made are not subject to wagering.
In practical terms, this means that if you get lucky during a free spin and land a £100 win, you are free to withdraw that cash immediately, without having to meet any wagering requirements beforehand.
Wager-free bonuses are proving to be extremely popular and we hope to see a move towards this kind of model from more casino brands in the coming years. As always, we recommend taking a close look at the terms and conditions. Some casinos may impose restrictions on the use of such bonuses though wagering requirements will not be one of them!
3. Read the fine print
Casinos do an excellent job of marketing their bonuses, with colourful banners and enticing content to share what they are offering. You may feel like you have found a real corker, with plenty of £££ symbols or huge amounts of free spins but it’s good to take a step back and really evaluate what you are getting.
It’s good to keep in mind that a casino’s aim is to attract new players while the point of a bonus, from a player’s perspective, is to get the best value for money. We cannot overstate the importance of reading the fine print, which will tell you much more about a bonus than just how much bonus cash or spins you get out of it.
Reading the bonus terms and conditions will tell you about the wagering requirements and any restrictions placed on the use of the bonus. These include game weightings and which games are excluded entirely. Some casinos also place limits on the category of games that bonus cash may be used on.
Of course, if you realise you do not want a bonus after you have claimed it, there is a way to get out of it. Contacting the support team will help but make sure that you do not use any part of the bonus before doing so – asking to remove a bonus from your account once you have already spent bonus cash or used free spins is likely to be more difficult.
At the end of the day, making an educated decision about which bonus to claim will ensure you get the most value from the bonus and will be comfortable with the restrictions and rules that come with it.
Always read the terms and conditions before accepting a bonus. Remember that bigger is not always better in some cases. If you are uncertain about any part of a bonus, you can always contact customer support with questions and they will be happy to explain.