Best Casino Bonuses
One of the advantages of playing casino games online, is the online casino bonus offer. We are pretty certain that you will know what we are talking about as most casinos online lead their marketing efforts with these offers.
Casino bonus – free money?
The main selling point, of a new casino at least, will be free money. Of course, you will be interested in the number and type of games on offer, the graphics, the customer service and the payment options, but casinos are not daft- they know that “FREE MONEY!” is a headline that is hard to beat, and more often than not, this will be what you will notice first about the casino.
In this section, we run through the different types of casino promotion that are available online and go into a little more detail about what sort of “FREE” bang you get for your “FREE” buck (can we tick that off on out bull**** bingo chart now please?
We´ll also recommend secure casinos that we think offer the best deal for each type of promotion. As always in life, everything isn´t always as it seems at first glance. Yes, the casinos give away money for free, but they are not stupid- the money comes with string attached, and it´s important to understand what the strings are before you take the leap and accept the bonus. In some cases, there is little or no risk involved in accepting the bonus, so you may as well go ahead and test it out anyway. In other cases, you may be better off not accepting the bonus (if you prefer to play certain types of games, for example).
As a general rule, if you are a slots player, the bonuses will be more favourable for you. And if you are a blackjack or baccarat player, or even a roulette player, it may be better to pass on the bonus offer. Always read the T´s and C´s.
We have split casino bonus offers into the followng types, based on what is currently available in the UK market at the moment.
Match Bonus Around £100-300
This is an incentive for you to buy chips. What the casino is offering is the following: you deposit a certain amount of money with the casino, and the casino will match that with a certain percentage. Many of the offers we have seen are 100% match (they will double your money- so if you put in £100, the casino will put in £100: you´ll play with £200. We have seen these offers go as high as 400%.)
Sounds good, doesn´t it! Well, it is, but as always read the small print. The casinos will normally require you to make a certain amount of bets before you run off with their money. This is called “playing through the bonus” or “hitting the wagering requirements”. They may tie in your deposit as well, so that you have to play through that money a certain amount of times before you can make a withdrawal (the rotters, cads, etc etc). And they may limit you to certain games. So, by all means consider it, just read the small print. A good playthrough requirment would be about 15x or lower. A high one would be 50x They are generally around 25x.
Let´s say you have done your research and found a casino with a playthough requirmement of 10x. And let´s say you have bought £100 worth of chips and the casino has matched it 100%, so now you have £200. With a 10x playthrough, you´ll need to make £2000 worth of bets before they will release your winnings. Now that sounds alot, but actually this goes pretty fast if you are making individual bets on a slot machine, for example.
The bonus normally applies to new players on their first deposit. Many casinos now offer match bonuses on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and even 5th deposit. And loyal returning players may also be offered match bonuses.
Free Spins from £500- £2500
This type of bonus has got pretty popular with casinos and punters over the last couple of years, and it is easy to see why. You may see an advetisiment for a casino that says “£500 Free and 1 hour!”. So where´s the catch?
Well, yes you get £500, but it will be put into a special free spins account for you at the casino. You can´t just withdraw it. You´ll then have a certain amount of time (normally this is an hour or 30 minutes but it can be as long as a month) to play with the money at the casino. If at the end of the promotion, you have more than £500 in your balance- you get to keep the difference.
Again- sounds like paradise, doesn´t it? To a certain extent, yes, but there are also strings attached. You won´t actually get the money, but you´ll get free chips at the casino. And to get your mitts on them, you´ll need to make the minimum deposit at the casino (which in any event can work out to be a pretty good deal- think of it as a very generous match). They´ll be a limit to the amount you can transfer into your real account (normally around £200). And before you can withdraw the winnings, you´ll need to hit those playthrough requirments again (see above).
All in all though, these are pretty good offers. To begin with you can test out the games in a more fun “real” environment (with money involved!) and you needn´t risk anything if you don´t want to.
No Deposit Casino Bonus £20-30
This is the simplest kind of bonus to explain. You just get free money in your account when you sign up. This kind of promotion used to be pretty ubiquitous in the early days of online casinos, then they died off. But they are making a bit of a comeback. Again, there will be wagering requirements attached to the bonus (before you can scarper with the loot). And the amounts will be lower as well, to the order of £10 or £20 rather than the £100 match bonus or £500 free spins promotion.
Free Slots Spins
Slots are one of the most popular games online- so many casinos try and tempt players in with free spins on their slots games. You´ll generally be offered anything between 10 and 100 spins for free. There will probably be a maximum amount you can win (to stop you walking off into the sunset with the progressive jackpot without having spent diddly squat at the casino, for example). And there will be playthrough requirments to hit before you can get any winnings out.
Also, look out for tournament free rolls. These are competitions in which players pit themselves against each other to see who can score the most points on a leaderboard playing, say, a slots, blackjack or roulette tournament. The top prize can be anything up to £20,000, although normally they are around £5,000. The biggest tournament recently was for €1,000,000. Normally you have to pay to enter these competitions. With freerolls, you get a free entry.