Playing with Bonuses at Online Casinos

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  1. Marina

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    Playing online casino versus a land based brick and mortar definitely has it’s advantages. There are more perks to playing online, the most popular one being bonuses.
    The online casino bonus comes in many forms and is a great way for the casino to market and attract players as well as boosting the players bankroll. Usually it’s a win-win situation for both parties. Some players, however, choose not to play with a bonus and like to play with their deposit only which is also fine, it all just depends on you.

    Playing with a bonus comes with terms and conditions which vary between casinos and the types of bonuses being offered, the best way to figure out what is expected of you when it comes to using a bonus is to both read the terms and conditions and to contact customer service for additional information. Here in this short article I will outline all of the different types of bonuses available for the internet casino player.

    The welcome bonus is the most common bonus in place in online gaming and can be found at nearly any online casino. This bonus is the first bonus offered on the players first deposit or first few deposits and usually is around the 100% mark. This is used to get players registered and depositing and lets the player increase their bankroll a bit more so they have more time to check out the games. If the welcome bonus comes in stages it will be applied to the first few deposits, depending on what the terms state. All deposit bonuses come with a play through requirement and those terms vary between casinos.

    Another bonus offered for new players is the “No Deposit Bonus”. This is not offered at every online casino however, most casinos do offer players a free chip or a set amount of spins to play for free just by signing up for a real money account. Once registered, players must either enter the code or contact support to have the bonus credited to their account. It’s important to note that only qualifying accounts will receive the no deposit bonus if it is offered and in some cases only those accounts linked to an affiliate with the no deposit offer will receive the specified bonus.

    Loyalty or Comp Point bonuses are really different than the previously mentioned promotions. Loyalty club points or comp points online work just like playing at a land based. The more often you play online the more incentive you will receive from the casino. For example, spinning your favorite slot can earn you comp points for every $x.xx wagered. Once those points add up you can use them as cash for play or other merchandise at the casino. Different casinos have different loyalty programs, if you haven’t already check out the loyalty offers at your favorite virtual spot.

    Lastly, let’s talk about some bonus terms.

    Sticky: Sticky means that the bonus is not withdrawable, even after meeting wagering requirements. The amount of the bonus will be deducted from the cash-out upon withdrawal. This is very common practice in online gaming.

    Free Play: The Free Play bonus is just that, free play. These types of bonuses usually come with a large amount of funds and a time limit. Although most casinos market this as a no deposit, it’s actually just a chance at a deposit bonus. If you meet all requirements in the specified time frame you will then be able to deposit and claim your winnings from the free lay promotion.

    Wagering Requirement: This means how much you will have to rollover the deposit and the bonus before a cash-out is permitted. Depending on the casino you may have to wager your deposit and bonus or just the bonus a certain amount of times before you will be able to withdraw.

    Playing with a bonus can give you extra playtime and extra chances at hitting a jackpot. If you want entertainment and a good chance at winning,
    bonuses can definitely provide those. If you would rather just play on your own cash that’s fine too. It’s just great to know that there are options.

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