Online Casino Bonuses 101

You’ve probably seen that most online casinos advertisements usually offer some sort of bonus or FREE money to get you to start playing there. Like most things in the world, nothing really comes free, so before you start claiming this free money and then getting upset that you’ve been scammed, I suggest you keep reading and see how this all works.

First of all, you may ask; why do online casinos even offer this “free” money?

It’s part of their marketing and differentiation strategy. In a nutshell, online casinos are generally “skins” of a specific software provider, so actually behind the different owner, graphics, licensing etc under the bonnet there’s not much difference between let’s say all Playtech powered casinos, or all Microgaming powered ones.

So, if they are mostly the same below the hood, there needs to be some sort of difference which will convince you to play at “X” online casino and not “Y”. Besides the graphics, licensing, support and reputation, another way to pitch to potential players is by giving them something, in this case, a bonus.

Having put that out of the way, the next question you might ask yourself is: OK, so Casino X is offering $5,000 free, maybe I’ll sign up, take my $5,000, play them out and go on to Casino Y.

The answer here is pretty simple as well. In order to claim bonuses at at an online casino, you will usually need to make a deposit, unless it’s specifically stated that you don’t, but we’ll get to that later.

Before we sink into the beef of the different types of bonuses offered at online casinos, here are a few extra terms and points you should be aware of, so you can clarify them with a support representative before claiming a bonus, just so you know where you stand and what you’re claiming.

1. Wagering requirements: Most bonuses have wagering or playthrough requirements, meaning that you need to play a certain amount before you can withdraw winning from your account. On average wagering requirements are usually between 15 to 40 times, however pay attention to what you are required to wager. In some cases it will be just the bonus times X and in others you will need to wager the bonus + your deposit amount X times. The latter by the way is more common.

Another tidbit you should pay attention to with regards to wagering requirements is, that at most online casinos, if you request a withdrawal before you have completed the wagering requirements, all your winnings to date will be void. Not really fair, but this is reality.

2. Games played: Make sure you read the T&Cs in this case. Because slots games are generally the most profitable games for online casinos, many bonuses tend to be valid only for slots games. Usually scratch cards and keno will comply with this rule.

In other cases, you will be allowed to play your bonus on all games; however not all games will count 100% towards the playthrough requirements. For example play on slots will count 100% but roulette will only count 30%, meaning that you will actually need to wager over three times more in order to clear the wagering requirements and withdraw your winnings.

3. Minimum deposit requirement: In most cases, in order to claim a bonus you will be required to make a minimum deposit, which again can vary. It’s generally a small amount which you will probably deposit anyway. It’s usually not over $50.

Now that we’re all on the same page and speaking the same language, it’s time we went through the main types of bonuses available at most online casinos.

1. A Match bonus is the most common type of bonus. For every $ you deposit, you will be credited X% of what you deposited by the casino. So, if, for example, casino Z is offering a 100% match bonus, deposit $100 and the casino will give you an extra $100 in bonus money. This means that actually start playing at the casino with $200. Match bonuses are almost always limited to a certain maximum bonus amount you can claim. A match bonus can be a standalone bonus as part of a promotion (more common at US friendly online casinos) and/or as part of the welcome bonus

2. A welcome bonus is generally offered by most, if not all, online casinos to new players who sign up and make their first deposit at the casino. The welcome bonus is the sum of all the possible match bonuses you can accumulate as a new player at the casino over a specific period of time, or within your first X deposits, or a mix of the two; so if a casino advertises a $3000 welcome bonus, it’s actually the maximum you can get with the 1st deposit bonus, second deposit bonus, monthly bonus etc, where if you deposit the maximum amount of each match bonus, you can reach the advertised welcome bonus. If you deposit less than needed for the maximum bonus in each stage, you won’t reach the amount advertised in the welcome bonus. So, in fact, the welcome bonus advertised is the MAXIMIUM amount you can claim in bonus money during your first period of playing at the casino.

3. A No deposit bonus is pretty self-explanatory. It’s a bonus you receive from an online casino which will enable you to play real money games without having to make a deposit. This is a great tool for online casinos to acquire new players as it lets them try out the casino without having to make a deposit. In some countries it helps solve the “trust” issue casino players have with online casinos. Many players who feel comfortable depositing and playing at one online casino will be wary when trying out another one they’ve never played at. Other players don’t want to make a deposit without trying out the software and games so a no deposit bonus can definitely help here. Some online casinos give no deposit bonuses as part of their standard offering and others steer well away from such bonuses as they claim that they tend to attract the wrong type of players, i.e. players who have no intention of playing for real money in the first place and that it just puts a strain on the support team with no actual outcome. I think that the truth is probably somewhere in the middle and that people claim no deposit bonuses for different reasons.

No deposit bonuses are generally for a pretty small amount, usually $10-$15 and they are either offered to potential clients directly by the casino or by websites affiliated with them. No deposit bonuses also have wagering requirements you need to complete before you are able to withdraw your winnings if you’ve been lucky.

4. Sticky/Play only bonuses are bonuses which you cannot withdraw from your account. If you get lucky and win and request a withdrawal, the bonus amount you received will be deducted off your winnings. Let’s say you claimed a $50 sticky bonus and got lucky bringing your account balance to $500. Now you would like to withdraw your winnings and go celebrate with friends. The online casino will only allow you to withdraw $550 from your players account and $50, which is the sticky bonus amount, will be void. Play only bonuses are usually larger than match bonuses and the wagering requirements lower.

5. Payment method bonus: This is something that was initially common at Playtech powered casinos and has spread to many others as well over the years. Besides depositing at an online casino with your credit or debit card, there are many electronic options most of which offer instant fund transfers without the associated hassle and high fees. Many of these alternative payment methods, as they are widely called, offer their services to people without a credit check and you can transfer money from your bank account discreetly. Some are even pre-paid cards you can buy at a kiosk. Just for using these alternative payment methods you can receive an extra 10-15% bonus on every deposit you make in addition to any other bonus you claim. Be sure to check the cashier section before you sign up to an online casino you’ve never played at as this can definitely be to your advantage.

6. Most online casinos have a Loyalty/VIP Club scheme where you can redeem bonuses in return for points you accumulated while playing. The more you play, the more points you earn and the better the point-bonus conversion rate becomes.

It is always important to check the specific T&Cs at the online casino you’re playing or plan to play at because often you will not be allowed to withdraw the bonus amount or the bonus amount can be docked off your winnings.

OK, so I’m pretty sure you’re now thinking how to take advantage of all this good, so here’s the flip side of the card. Online casinos are extremely sensitive to bonus abuse, also known as bonus whoring, by players. Just like you can get expelled from a land based casino for counting cards for example, you can also get your players account locked at an online casino at the first suspicion they have of bonus abuse. You need to remember that at the end of the day gambling is entertainment and is supposed to be fun and exciting. It’s not a day job and you can’t really earn money at the casino. Bonuses add to the fun and excitements and at the end of the day, are only a marketing tool. Claim them, have fun with them, increase your excitement but don’t expect log out richer.

Points To Remember Before Choosing An Online Casino

Virtual world of entertainment, thrill and money, online casinos are an attraction for everyone. There is no doubt in the fact that online casinos are convenient and have their own benefits and fun elements but to choose the right online casino out of so many is a difficult situation. You may not think before you choose an online casino, but I suggest you should. In fact more than thinking there are steps to be followed or taken care of while searching for a right casino. It is very important to be aware of what to look for while searching an online casino. Is it the benefits or is it the reputation?

Before you understand the basic but important points and guidelines for choosing an online casino, you need to understand that making a fortune is not a difficult thing all you need is some time and right techniques.

  • Credibility: The first and most important point in the selection of an online casino is the credibility factor. Is the casino credible and worth spending time and money? The credibility or the reliability point should matter to you if you love your money and your computer system. There are some casinos who believe in tricking and cheating the customer or the player by not paying the money or by using rogue software. Thus, it is always wise to do some search to reach a reliable end. Check on search engines for any information on the casino, its background and service. Find the answer for ‘is the casino licensed and with whom?’ confirm the address and phone number to make sure that the casino is authentic and is for real. Credibility of an online casino also increases if it is affiliated with any land based casino and has a street address. Do not forget to go through the terms and conditions of the online casino you are enquiring about. While searching for an online casino site instead of using http: always use https: as the’s’ stands for a secure line. This means that the’s’ of https: will protect your system against any rogue software or harmful site.
  • Age: Age or the survival years of an online casino adds to its credibility as well as experience and reputation. Thus if you come across such an online casino, which is a year older or not even a year old then it is advisable that you move on with your search.
  • Service speed: For a comfortable experience in the casino world you need an uninterrupted service. In other words, find out how good is the customer support service of the casino you have chosen and how fast do they pay you the money you win. Also notice the speed of their software downloads.
  • Benefits: Online casino is all about making money while having fun, thus there is no point in choosing a casino which does not offer you bonuses and free practice games when you have so many other online casinos. With the increase in number of online casinos competition has increased too and thus you can easily find casinos trying to impress you with free bonuses, free games for fun with no time limit, practice games, variety in the games, detailed controls and commands of various games, tricks to win as well as flashy presentation and option of choosing the language of your choice for your download.
  • Pay mode: Since you are dealing with your hard earned money it is always a good decision to check for the chances of a scam, if any. Enquire if they accept cheque, ATM prepaid or would you have to make an electronic account with them. Also, see what modes they use to pay you the money you won.
  • Trail: Do not be eager and over excited to begin with your casino games and gambling. It is advisable to first try the free games offered by these casinos, to see the game quality and also this will help you to know which casino and its games are suiting you as almost every casino has different playing rules for their games
  • Testimonials or remarks: If you are still confused and little doubtful about the casinos you have short listed then talk to people and friends who have been to that casino site or are a member of it. Search for the comments or testimonials written by people, for that casino, on internet. Listen to the entire ‘pro and cons’ advices you come across while your enquiry.

These points are no magic wand but just instructions for the right approach towards selecting an online casino. You may win and win big, you may learn and learn perfectly but for that you need to have the right start. A right online casino holds a journey towards rich and enigmatic world. Online casino is not just a roller coaster ride but a ride towards fortune. So, think and go through these points before you begin with a casino.

All About Online Slot Games

Slot games are by far the most popular games in the casinos today, they are great fun and extremely exciting to play. A lot of people want to play with their own slot machines. So to play slot games online is one way people have found to enjoy this casino experience from home. If you have a doubt where you can find sites to play slot games online, you can find millions of site offering you these games on Google. These sites give you free online slot machines and also give you real cash.

When you play slot games online there are a number of different slots to choose from but usually the slots fall into two major categories namely progressive slots and straight slots. In straight slots you will get paid a fixed amount based on the spin combination and in progressive slots you have a continuously growing jackpot till you hit on it. When you play online slot games you will not get confused which game you are playing as the progressive jackpots have very huge advertisements with the increasing jackpot amount right at the top.

The next question anyone would ask about online slot machines is that can you really win or how much can you get? Well the answer to these questions is defiantly you can win and the amount depends totally on how you play and on your luck. All of the slot machines now a day are programmed to shell out pre determined amount of cash by the casinos. It’s the same with the online slot machines; these machines are programmed so that the minimum amount does not fall below a certain limit. So you can be sure that you will win something if you play well and are lucky.

Here are some tips for al those of you who want to play slot games online. First of all you need to know your limits. All the slot machines work on the same principle so basically the chances of you winning on different machines will just differ a little. If you think you are losing then you should take a break, stop right there don’t go in for I will try one more time and then stop, this way you will never end up stopping. Always remember that you should play with the casino money, take good advantage of the casinos bonuses and rewards. Even when you are playing on online slot machines you have to remember that luck plays a very important role.

When you play on online casino slots you can improve your skills gradually and also improve your chances of winning. There are a lot of sites where you can get real cash and also some sites that give you real cash for playing free games. But even when you play slot games online never forget that it a form of gambling and there is real money involve not only when you win but also when you lose its real money that you lose.