Casino Bonus

Casino bonuses are bonuses that online casinos use as a part of their promotional activities. They can be design to attract new players (welcome bonuses), to get people to deposit more money (reload bonuses), to get players to come back to the casino (second chance bonuses), to get people to try a certain game or type of games (game bonuses), and much more. A good casino offers a variety of good bonuses for new and current players and not just for new players. This article will however focus on the bonuses casinos offer to new members, i.e. the welcome bonuses, as those tend to be the bonuses focused on by new players who want to discover the wonderful world of online gambling.

Welcome bonuses are usually designed as a percentage of your first deposit up to a certain sum. You may for instance get a 100%, 150% or 200% bonus on your first deposit. Almost all bonuses are associated with different wager requirements and I will talk more about that further down. Today a low but increasing number of casinos are starting to offer no deposit bonuses as well which allow you to start playing for real money without having to make a deposit first. This type of welcome bonus is usually much smaller than regular welcome bonuses.

Welcome bonuses are associated with different wager requirements and other rules. The bonus is usually deposited into your account right away, but you are not allowed to withdraw it until you have fulfilled the betting or wager requirement. Some casinos will not allow you to withdraw the bonus, while others will not allow you to withdraw the bonus, your deposited money or any winnings until the wager requirement is met.

The wager requirements vary between different casinos and anything between 25 and 40 times the received bonus is common. To judge how generous a bonus is you therefore need to look not only on the bonus amount but also on the wager requirements and other rules associated with the bonus. Sometimes a smaller welcome bonus will turn out to be more generous than the big one that comes with a huge wager requirement.

It is very common that not all games count fully towards the wager requirements and this is important to take into account, especially for players who enjoy black jack, punto banco and video poker. It is not uncommon for these games not to count towards the wager requirements at all, or to contribute with just a part of the bet value, such as 10%. This makes it very hard to meet the wager requirements playing these games and it can create a situation where your money is locked in your account until you turn over a very large amount on these games. If you enjoy playing these games, you might want to consider not accepting any bonus or searching for casinos that have more generous terms for the type of game you want to play.

As you can see, there are a lot of different factors to consider before choosing a casino with a suitable casino bonus and you need to find one that suits your gambling habits as there are no objectively superior bonuses. It is also important to remember that a welcome bonus should never be the main reason for choosing a certain casino, since other factors will be more important for your gambling experience in the long run. The welcome bonus should only be the deciding factor if you are choosing between two otherwise equally suitable casinos.