One of the advantages of playing casino games online, is the casino bonus offer. It shouldn’t be the only criteria for choosing a casino, but it’s an important one.
In this section, we run through the different types of casino promotion that are available online and go into a little more detail about what “FREE” really means in the adverts.
In some cases, there is little or no risk involved in accepting the bonus, so you may as well go ahead and test it out anyway. In other cases, you may be better off not accepting the bonus (if you prefer to play certain types of games, for example). Generally bonuses are more favourable for slots players. If you are a blackjack or baccarat player, or even an online roulette player, it may be better to pass on the bonus offer.
1. Match Bonus. Normal Level Around £100-300
This is an incentive for you to buy chips. You deposit and the casino will top up your bankroll with extra chips. Many of the offers we see are a 100% match (your money is doubled- so if you put in £100, the casino will put in £100: you´ll play with £200), but we have seen these offers go as high as 400%.
2. The Free Spins Casino Bonus or One Hour Free Bonus: Normal Level from £500- £3000
This type of bonus is pretty popular with casinos and punters. The free money is put into special free spins account for you. You can´t just withdraw a free spins casino bonus. You´ll have a certain amount of time (normally 60 minutes) to play with the money at the casino. You get to keep any winnings at the end, once you have made a deposit.
Good for testing, and risk free up to the point of transferring any winnings.
3. No Deposit Casino Bonus, No Purchase Required. Normal Level: £5-30
This is a simple free money offer. Again, you can’t just withdraw the money on a no deposit casino bonus- you’ll need to make a certain amount of bets first (the “playthrough” again).
4. Free Slots Spins
Similar to above, but limited to a particular game in the casino (normally a slot). The usual amount we see is between 20 -50 free spins with £/$/€ 20-50, but these offere can get juicier.
5. Freeroll Tournaments
You may also see offers for slots tournaments free rolls (free to enter, no buy-in). You compete against other players to score the most points on a leaderboard playing, slots, blackjack or roulette. The winners get a free entry into a money tournament or win a prize straight away- the top prize can be anything up to £20,000, although normally they are around £5,000. You may also see blackjack tournaments, video poker tournaments and roulette tournaments (or tourneys).