Free Money To Increase Gaming Time
Bonuses is the word to note here, and it’s a big subject that applies to many forms of online real money gaming.
Whenever someone mentions those words gambling or betting, it’s not hard to automatically give the first thought to losing money. Or at least the possibility or the risk of losing it.
But there are ways in the betting world to get free money – or at least extra money – to play with. These might give you extra chances to win, and they’re known as betting bonuses or in the sportsbetting world, free bets.
Not all types of real money game websites offer bonuses, but those that do normally include poker, casino, and bingo gaming sites. Occasionally you’ll find offers on others.
These bonuses are normally offered to new players as an incentive to join up, and often followed up with extra bonuses either on your next deposit or sometimes even every month. Make careful use of betting bonuses and promotions and you’ll get some valuable extra cash to increase winning chances.
It really is a big subject and deserves dedicated pages for each of the different types of gaming, but to whet your appetite here are a few examples of the different forms that bonuses appear in:
The No Deposit Bonus – Totally Free Money
Free money does really mean free here. You’ll come across offers of this type regularly online. Most often there are no real catches – they’re promotional offers.
Provided you examine any small print terms and conditions that may be attached, you can be fairly safe in taking advantage. However they’re designed to get you playing and keep you playing. It’s unlikely you’ll be able to withdraw a free bonus amount, though you could do so with winnings from it provided you’ve met the requirements.
Rather unsurprisingly they’re usually only offered once by each gaming operator. You may get further bonuses on top of subsequent deposits…but of course that is actually costing you some of your own cash.
The First Deposit Bonus – Free Gaming Money With a Catch
If the first deposit bonus is fairly common, you could say its first deposit cousin is positively prevalent. They’re everywhere, and work exactly as the name implies – its a bonus that’s awarded on your first (and sometimes subsequent) deposits.
Normally it’s presented and calculated as a percentage of the amount you originally deposited, for example 50% up to $100 (meaning you’ll get a maximum of 50% of whatever you put in subject to a maximum value of $100). For example, deposit $200 and you get $100 extra free.
The Reload Bonus
Another one that’s self-explanatory. Some operators will offer extra free gambling cash on deposits after your first one (although not normally indefinitely). Others may give regular timed amounts, for example once a week or month. They’re known as reloads because they’re clearly designed to reward those players who keep coming back for more gaming.
The Drawback With Using Bonuses To Play Free Real Money Games
Always remember though there’s a reason why bonuses exist, and that’s to attract new players and keep the ones that already play. Any operator providing betting opportunities makes money, and they want to make more. Unless the bonus is a no deposit one, they know you’re unlikely to walk away with more than you started with.
To make sure this happens (more often than not) there are bonus play through and cash out rules – meaning you’ll have to play through the bonus amount many times before you can withdraw.
As an example, say you deposit $30 and get $30 free. You may then (depending on that operators specific rules) have to gamble the equivalent of 20, 30, or 50 times that amount before you could withdraw any money you win. Say you win $200 on the first spin on a slots machine, you would then have to keep playing before you could collect it…and of course the longer you play, the more likely you are to lose it.
All in all, a perfect illustration of why you should treat casino gambling in particular as a fun activity, and only play with money you can afford to lose.