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Online Casino Bonuses
by: Rea Nelson
Types Of Online Casino Bonuses
If you've ever considered playing at an online casino, you should be aware
that the vast majority of them offer cash bonuses as an incentive to play. While
there are some generous offers out there today, being made, it's very important
that you understand how casino bonuses work and understand the terms and
conditions of the offer.
The No Deposit Bonus
Some online casinos offer players free cash with no deposit required. These
can be a great way to get started playing and to get a feel for the games at an
online casino, but be aware of the complete terms of a no deposit bonus. In some
cases the casino will require you to register a credit card to claim the free
cash. This doesn't necessarily mean they are trying to steal funds from your
card. There are reputable casinos who do this as a security measure to avoid
bonus abuse and players claiming multiple accounts. It also gives the casinos a
better chance of weeding out the bonus hunters from more serious players. At the
same time, be aware of rogue casinos and do your homework before you sign up and
play at any casino. Some casinos require you to make a small deposit in order to
cash out your winnings from a no deposit offer. Some online casinos also require
players to make a small deposit before cashing out winnings from a no deposit
offer, again due to bonus abuse of other players. Wagering requirements and game
restrictions often apply to this type of bonus.
The Cashable Matching Deposit Bonus
Many internet casinos offer a percentage match bonus when players make a
deposit. These are pretty self-explanatory - for a 200% bonus, for example, you
would deposit $100 and the casino will add another $200 to your account. These
bonuses typically range anywhere from 10-250% or more. This type of bonus almost
always requires the player to wager through the deposit and bonus a certain
number of times and usually only certain games count towards the wagering
The Sticky Bonus
A sticky bonus is just that - it can never be cashed out. This may sound like
a bad deal at first, but actually can be a great deal for a player. You can use
the "money" from the bonus account to wager as much as you like. Even though the
bonus itself stays put in your casino account, you will have more money
available in your account to wager longer with that much more of a chance to hit
a big jackpot or build up some good winnings at a table game like blackjack. We
have seen some online casinos offer sticky bonuses that have been quite
generous, in some cases over $300 and more.
Wagering requirements can be rather high at many online casinos nowadays.
Some casinos require you wager as much 20 times your deposit and bonus amount or
more before cashing out. There was a time that you only had to wager through
your deposit and bonus once before cashing out at an online casino! Due to the
high costs of this type of promotion and bonus abuse, wagering requirements have
been raised considerably at virtually all online casinos.
Note that in some cases sticky bonuses carry no wagering requirements - this
can be a great deal if you come across this type of promotion.
In many cases only certain games count towards the wagering requirements of
the bonus offer. It's common to see Slots play count towards the wagering
requirements. Games like Blackjack and Roulette are often excluded from the
Always, ALWAYS read bonus terms and conditions.
You've downloaded the software, you've signed up and created your account and
logged in. you've made your deposit and you're ready to play. But do you really
know what you're getting into? As you can see there are many different kinds of
bonuses and you need to know the wagering requirements, games restrictions and
other terms and conditions when you play. Some online casinos will simply tell
you that you need to but in some cases your winnings can be forfeited if you do
not follow the promotional terms to the letter. So unless you're only there for
a good time and don't care about your winnings, knowing the terms and conditions
of a bonus offer is essential. If you are comfortable with a particular casino
and it's promotional bonus offer, you might as well claim the free cash. If
you're going to play anyway, you might as well accept the free money offer.
If you aren't comfortable with requirements of a bonus offer, pick another
casino to play, or consider simply depositing without claiming a bonus. Many
online casinos offer better odds and payouts than Native American casinos or
even Las Vegas casinos, so often you still are getting a good deal for your
money. Also, nothing can compare with the comfort and convenience of gambling at
home in your pajamas.