As you may already know, almost all casino bonuses will come with terms and conditions attached. Below, we’re going to take a look at some of the most common terms you’re likely to come across.
Almost all online casinos attach what are known as wagering requirements to their bonuses. Wagering requirements are designed to ‘protect’ the casinos from bonus abuse – and while they may sound annoying at first, they’re actually pretty important to ensure that casino can continue awarding bonuses.
Wagering requirements simply mean that you need to play through a bonus a certain number of times. For instance, if a casino bonus comes with a 30X wagering requirements attached, it means that you need to play through the bonus funds a total of 30X before they’re become eligible to withdraw. Before the wagering requirements are met, the casino bonus funds will be ‘locked’ as a bonus, and this means – that while you’ll see the bonus funds in your account – they won’t be withdraw able.
Most casinos will list in their bonus terms and conditions that not all games can be played with bonus funds. For example, some of the most popular video slots like Dead or Alive, The Wishmaster, and White Rabbit are usually excluded from being used with bonus funds. The reason behind this, can either be a really high return to player (RTP), or simply the fact that they’re progression-based games, and it would be unfair to allow players to use a bonus on these games.
You should always check the full terms and conditions attached to a bonus to find out which games – if any – are excluded from being used with bonus funds.
Some games contribute different amounts to the wagering requirements than others. For example, table games like Blackjack, Baccarat and Roulette usually only contribute 10% to the wagering requirements, while slot machine games contribute a full 100%. This is down to the fact that casino table games usually have a much smaller house edge.
When you play with bonus funds, you’ll usually only be allowed to bet up to £5 per hand/spin/game. Some online casinos have special software in place to prevent you from betting any higher than this – but others don’t, so you should always be careful of your bet amount, and make sure it’s in-line with the rules of the bonus you’ve claimed.
Payment Method Exclusions
Almost all online casinos have payment methods exclusions. This usually means EWallets like Skrill and Neteller are ineligible to claim most casino bonuses. While this may sound unfair, at first, it’s all down to the fact that casinos have been hit by multiplier ‘bonus abuser groups’ who go out of their way to get as many bonuses as possible from casinos, often using illegitimate payment methods. Thankfully, you’ll always be able to use debit and credit cards to claim a casino bonus. Some online casinos also allow bonuses to be claimed with other payment methods (and very occasionally, other EWallets like PayPal), but you’ll need to check directly with the casino you’re interested in playing at to find out whether they do accept these methods or not.
All online casinos – by law – must clearly display the full terms and conditions attached to any of their bonuses, so if you’re ever unsure about something, or want to double check, you can have a quick read of these terms.