Types Of Casino Bonus
There are a number of different types of bonuses you’re likely to come across, with sub-variations in each.
The No Deposit Bonus
As it implies, the no deposit bonus is one you’ll get without having to deposit anything. They’re purely promotional offers made by casinos to get you to sign up, and mainly come in the form of free bets, free chips, or free spins on a slot.
Free is clearly the operative word, and if you see one of these offers there are no reasons why not to take advantage with both hands.
The usual playthrough requirements will still stand, and you’re unlikely to actually win anything although you won’t be losing either.
They’re great for trying out games and practising. They can also give you options for trying out the same types of games but with different operators and software – a great way to see how the graphics of gaming software differs between operators.
The First Deposit Bonus
With the first deposit bonus you’ll be getting an extra amount of cash on top of your first deposit. It’s normally defined as a percentage but with a limit on the amount.
For example, 100% bonus up to $300 means that if you deposited the full limit of $300, you’d get $300 extra as a bonus ($900). You’ll be playing with a bank roll of $1200.
• Always remember that play through requirements mean you’d have to wager a number of times before you could withdraw.
• It’s rare, but in some casinos the bonus is released in stages, and not necessarily all at the time of deposit.
Note that in this example, if you deposited $400 you’d still only get the maximum bonus allowed of $300. Likewise if you only deposited $100, you’d see an additional $100 only.
For our 3rd bonus example, it starts to get a little more complicated. The reload version is much loved by high rollers and general casino regulars as it gives you additional chips every time you make a subsequent deposit after your first. You’re effectively reloading your account.
Sometimes these reload offers can be for the same as the original, sometimes for slightly less, and mainly there will be a limit on how many you’ll get.
Valued Member Bonuses
These are often great to receive and sometimes seem similar to reloads, but they’re of a more random nature and are awarded to regulars who play consistently.
It’s good that the casinos do recognise your value if you fit into this category, and does the job well of showing how valuable your continued customer is. Kind of like VIP benefits, but with less formality.
If you play with Bet365, you’ll most likely find they’re particularly good for this. Certainly for sports betting they regularly send an extra £5 or £10 to consistent punters, and it’s unlikely to be much different in their casino games.
Some Casinos offer free slots spins rather than hard cash. Most often you’ll see these on offer from casino operators that focus on slots games, but they’re also used as promotion type offers when a casino is promoting a brand new slots title (or trying to revive interest in a flagging one!).
They’ll normally be seen as no deposit offers to encourage new players to registers, but also can take the form of part cash/part free spins deals on new deposit deals or even reloads.
Other variations include time-restricted offers (where there is a time limit by which you must have played your bonus amount).
High Roller Bonuses
Designed to supplement your account with some often huge amounts, high roller deals can be found which will add sometimes thousands of chips to your bankroll. If playing for big stakes and big wins is your style, these are for you.
In addition, you’ll often see special bonuses offered at holiday times of the year – Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving – plus many operators will make special offers available at times of major sporting events like the football World Cup and the Olympics.