Take Care with Casino Bonuses
| We obviously are happy that
casinos add something to our accounts when we join up. There are even
no-deposit bonuses where you get a small amount of money to play with without
adding anything of your own. There are however some very complicated rules and
conditions that go with many online casino bonuses, some of which are a bit
shocking and can cause problems for players who had every intention of sticking
to the conditions. Thats why its always good to choose a site with a detailed
and easily found bonus terms page like
Insta Casino. We've seen
sites like 32Red where the link to this page is called "View Terms" and written
in a colour that virtually can not be seen on the screen.
In the early days of the online casino world the number one
thing was to get customers and casinos did give money to players depositing or
even with no deposit without much in the way of conditions. Much was made of
this in the newspapers and many people religously joined sites just to get the
money and withdraw it. This is not possible now even though there are some
websites charging money to show you where these bonuses are and promising you
can make £/$ 1000 per month doing it. You can't, stay clear of
What to Do
Really simply put
and very important, if the bonus is important to you, maybe because that is why
you joined, then please just get to the T & Cs page and read carefully.
There are very surprising rules that will cost you money if you don't know and
cause disputes which are hard to win (but not impossible).
All casinos have different targets to achieving the full bonus
and this involves having to play an amount equivalent to many times your
deposit. So a typical casino will require you to bet 40 times as much money as
your deposit. So if you deposit £20 you will have make bets in total of
£800 to qualify. Some others are much worse as they require you to gamble
40 times the promised bonus. 32Red again asks you to bet £6400 to get
your £160 bonus on a £50 deposit!
All the casinos we have looked at have different contributions
from each game. So slots normally contribute 100% of the money you spin-up but
many have restrictions even on these with bonus plays. Casino games are
typically the worst contributers down at 10% or even 2%. Meaning if you bet
£10 at Blackjack then the contribution is £1.
Take care with zero contribution games. A site like
the Hippodrome has odd rules when it comes to these. For them Classic Blackjack
is a 0% contribution game and if you play this it holds the right to void any
winnings made from such games at its discretion. Not saying they are going to
but why have this as an option!?
Some sites will
stipulate that if you withdraw real money winnings before the full wagering
requirements have been met you may do so by forfeiting the Bonus and all
winnings! This seems crazy but once you accepted the Bonus offer you are tied
into these rules.
Multiple sites operated by the same
Many online casinos operate branded versions of their software
with skins in another name. They too will have a bonus offer but unless you get
a request from them to join up, which means you are a good loser, the bonus
will not be on offer if you have already taken a bonus on one of their other
Players from Poland, Bulgaria,
Greece, Hungary, Romania, Croatia, Ukraine, India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Russia,
Czech Republic, Portugal, Slovakia, Latvia and Thailand and others (so please
check) will be prevented from getting bonuses from many
Beware that some sites have a maximum
bet size that counts towards your bonus. This makes you play lots of small bets
so their advantage in that bet or game gets played lots of times, increasing
your chance of losing your money.
If you have a
dispute then contact customer services of the site first. They do sometimes
help in a positive way. If in doubt or not getting anywhere then look at the
Gambling advertising rules and regulations for the Gambling
Commission's latest position and contact them if you need help on how to tackle
a dispute. They don't respond quickly so get to them early whilst you are
dealing with the site itself.