bonus - to get or not?
There is not one feature of the online casinos more notable than the bonus
offers and free money. If you have seen an advertisement for an online
casino the chances are that ad was showing the bonus the casino is offering
for new players signing up at the gambling website. And while the online
casino bonus is also one of the best features, sometimes it could turn into
a nightmare. The problem stems from the fact that while all online casinos
will give you some form of free money to play when you sign up for the first
time at the gambling website, not all bonus offers are created equal.
In general, there is nothing wrong in taking the online casino
bonus, at the end, it's free money and you can win big. I personally now a
person who won a progressive jackpot playing with the bonus money the online
casino offered. But at the same time the terms and conditions of the bonuses
are not advertised as openly as they should. For example, it's very
important, not to say crucial, to make sure you understand that the online
casino bonus always comes with some strings attached. It's not like you will
just get a bunch of free money from the casino which you can take home.
Every casino bonus has something called "playthrough" requirements, i.e. a
mandatory amount of wagers you should commit before being able to withdraw
the bonus and your winnings. Note, the wagering requirements are not related
to the money you deposit, but to the money you bet at the casino. For
example, if you bet $10 at the blackjack table and win, then bet $10 and
lose, you have not won or lost anything, but you have put $20 towards the
wagering requirements, since you wagered $20, i.e. the actual outcome of the
wager is not important when we talk about meeting the playthrough
requirements of an online casino bonus.
Now that we have gotten this straight, keep a watch for which games
do count towards the bonus playthrough requirements and which don't. Bets
made on table games, especially blackjack, often do not count towards your
wagering requirements and at some online casinos, even when they do, they
raise the total wagering number higher. Always make sure to read the fine
print of the bonus offer at the online casino website, usually located right
below the bonus description. Don't just browse through it, make sure you
understand what's being related with the description and if you fail to
grasp it (some bad online casinos purposely make this more complicated than
it should) do not hesitate to contact the customer service of the online
casino and ask about it.
And finally, we will touch on what we like to call the "fake
bonus". This is a bonus offer by an online casino which you cannot withdraw.
Some online casinos will offer players a bonus that comes with playthrough
requirements attached, but at the end, when you have met those requirements
and put in a withdrawal order with the casino cashier, the bonus amount is
subtracted from your total withdrawal before the winnings are paid. And
although you indeed get paid your winnings, you don't have the chance to
also add the bonus money, which is pretty much the standard for a good
online casino bonus. So if you come across this type of bonus offer - don't
get it, it's not worth it.