Casino Bonuses and Wagering Requirements

Learn how to make the most of online casino promotions.

There are dozens of types of bonuses and promotions offered by online casinos thanks to some fierce competition to lure in new players and it is unsurprising that we are often left wondering which is really the biggest and the best.

The common bonus types that you will encounter are welcome or sign up bonuses (which are usually the most lucrative), reload bonuses, no deposit bonuses, loyalty bonuses, preferred deposit bonus and bad beat bonuses (in poker only). All of these bonuses offer you a fantastic way to boost your bankroll and thus your time playing at your favourite casino.

Many of these bonuses are actually quite generous and literally money for nothing. So in order to prevent player abuse, online casinos have imposed what are known as ‘wagering requirements’ or ‘play through requirements’ which restrict how this bonus money can be withdrawn. They basically prevent you registering for a bonus, and then cut and running with money before even playing at the casino. On the other hand, they should require a reasonable play through requirement of the players.

These days most online casinos have a wagering requirement of 20 to 30 times which means that the bonus must be wagered this many times before it is available to be cashed out. Plus, not all games will count towards the wagering requirement. So it is important to read through all the fine print in the terms and conditions before you accept a bonus.