Almost every online casino in the world offers new players some kind of guaranteed welcome bonus (aka sign-up bonus) to entice them to register a new account.
Online casino operators also tend to look after fully registered members with frequent, ongoing bonuses to thank them for their loyalty and prevent them from playing elsewhere.
Let’s dive straight in to find out exactly how you can maximise every online casino bonus you claim, whether it’s a free spins bonus, cashback bonus, or matching deposit bonus.
How can I maximise my online casino bonus?
Many online casino players end up losing out on Casino Bonuses because they haven’t read the small print when they initially claimed them. It cannot be stressed enough just how important it is to read the terms and conditions when accepting ANY online casino bonus.
Reading the Ts and Cs will explain in much greater detail exactly how you can get the most out of your bonus. In the Ts and Cs, pay careful attention to the following important information:
- Wagering requirements – at some online casinos, this is known as the rollover, turnover, or playthrough requirement. It all means the same thing.
- Expiration date – online casino bonuses have an expiration date. If you don’t claim the bonus in time, you’ll miss out, and if you do claim the bonus but don’t USE it before a certain time, it will expire and no longer be available
- Game wagering contribution and qualifying games – to complete the wagering requirements in the allotted time, only certain games will help more per dollar wagered, and some games may be excluded from the promotion
- Capped winnings – winnings from online casino bonuses are usually capped at a certain amount, which could be anywhere from $/€/£10 to $/€/£500 or more
Additionally, some online casino deposit options, perhaps Neteller or Skrill, may also be excluded from certain promotions, meaning you might miss out on your bonus just because you used the wrong deposit option. Still confused? Don’t be. Let’s take a closer look at what some of this means.
If wagering requirements weren’t attached to bonuses, it’s almost certain that most players who are gifted free cash wouldn’t spend it at the casino because they could easily withdraw it and spend it elsewhere.
Wagering requirements stop this from happening and are purely there to protect the casino operator.
When you accept a bonus and receive free money, you would have to wager that bonus amount a certain number of times. Low wagering requirements are considered anywhere from 1x to 20 times the bonus amount and are extremely rare.
Average (medium) wagering requirements can be anywhere from 25x to 50x the bonus amount, and high wagering requirements are 60x to 70x or more. Remember, the lower the wagering requirements are, the quicker you can complete them, and the better it is for you.
After completing the wagering requirements, any bonus winnings you have left over are yours to spend with zero restrictions.
Wagering requirements usually have to be completed within a certain time frame, and bonuses must be claimed/used before the time and date stated. This could be 24 hours, one to two weeks, or usually no longer than one month. It will say in the terms and conditions.
Game wagering contributions
Your favourite games might be roulette or blackjack, but when completing your wagering requirements, avoid playing games like this because for every $/€/£1.00 wagered on these games, perhaps only 0.00% to 5.00% of that $/€/£1.00 will contribute overall towards completing any wagering requirements.
Other games like online scratchies and feature-rich pokies often contribute 100.00% per $/€/£1.00 wagered and will help you get your wagering requirements out the way in no time.
Also, the TS and Cs should say if any pokies (normally progressive jackpot pokies) are excluded from the promo, so avoid playing those excluded games until your wagering requirements are completed because they won’t help you complete them.
Don’t forget that almost all online casino bonus winnings are capped at a certain amount, which could be anywhere from $/€/£10 to $/€/£500. Each bonus is different.
To ensure you always get the most out of your online casino bonus, whether it’s a free spins bonus, cashback, or matching deposit bonus, always read the terms and conditions attached to that bonus.
They only take a minute or so to read and reading them will avoid disappointment in the long run. If you’re still not sure about how to maximise your bonus, the player support at the casino you sign up to will be able to explain things for you to ensure you don’t miss out.