Gambling bonuses explained

Their are many different bonuses available to new players and it’s a vital part of the process when deciding which new gambling website you want to join. You may be looking for as much extra playing funds as possible or you may have already made the choice and are just looking what offers can be claimed. If your looking for the biggest reward another option is to spread your deposits between different gaming companies taking the promo offers from each one. Below is where we explain the different types of offers available to you. Wagering requirements will usually apply before any winnings can be withdrawn if you accept the bonus and sometimes you have to wager a certain amount before the bonus is made available. This information can be found within the bonus T & C’s of each offer.  

1st deposit bonuses

A 1st deposit bonus is straight forward enough. You register your details, make a 1st deposit and you’ll get a bonus. Often these types of welcome bonuses are 100% meaning that deposit will be doubled. They can of course be more or occasionally even less than 100%. first deposit bonuses can also be with more than 1 offer. The welcome bonus may be a deposit bonus plus free spins. And with a sports book / Bookmaker it may be enhanced odds on a game or Horse instead of a free bet. The details will always be made clear before you register.  

No deposit bonus offers

A no deposit offer is a welcome bonus where you do not need to deposit any funds to receive the offer. The wagering requirements are usually higher but it’s a good way of trying a new Casino or Bingo site, or even a new game before you risk your own funds. If you do decide to make a 1st deposit you will normally still get a deposit bonus too.  

Multiple deposit bonuses

Multiple deposit bonuses are great if your planning on using your new gambling site more than once. The site will state how many deposit you will receive before you sign up and the amount of bonus you will receive each time. They usually run back to back but are occasionally split. For example you may get your first 3 deposits credited with a bonus or it might state your 1st, 5th and 10th deposit will receive a bonus.  

Free spins

Free spins are where your account gets credited with free spins on registration. They are also referred to as bonus spins and come in 2 forms. You get no deposit bonus spins which are credited on registration. And the you get deposit bonus spins which will not be credited to your account till you have deposited and often wagered a set amount of money. The bonus spins can be for a particular game or just credited to be used on any Slot or game of your choice.  

Free bets

Free bets is the the term used for the bonus offer when you sign up to a new Sports book or Bookmaker. Often the wagering requirements are x1 so once you’ve placed your free bet you have already reached the wagering requirements. Terms and conditions will apply to receive the free bets. There will be a minimum and maximum bet you can place, ie bet between £5 – £50 and get a free bet to the same value. A lot of Bookies also require your qualifying bet to be placed at certain odds. These odds are not high and usually under evens so will be covered by most bets.  

Free Play

You can get free play at Casino’s but it’s more commonly associated with Bingo. As part of the welcome offer you will get a set amount of time to play in a free bingo room (newbie’s room) where you play for free and win real prizes. The prizes can be real cash or bonus money to be used in the real money Bingo rooms.  

Monthly offers

Monthly offers are for existing players. You may get a deposit offer once a month either on a set date or whenever you make a first deposit of that month. Of course these types of offers are not specifically just monthly and can be found at some sites on a weekly or even daily basis and come in many forms such as a matched deposit, free spins or even a percentage of cash back on any losses.  

Cash back

Cash back is where you get a percentage of any losses back. If the gaming website your at has a VIP programme the percentage can vary depending on your loyalty level or it could be a set offer for all players. At a Sports book it can be for when you lose your bet but under certain conditions. 2 good example are if you place an accumulator bet with 6 selections or more and just 1 bet lets you down you can get your money back as a free bet. Or if you have bet on a Football match and your winning till the 90th minute and lose to a late goal you may get your money back as a free bet to place on something else. These cash back offers are not just available on Football and would normally be set around major events like a World Cup of any sport or other big occasions like Wimbledon or the Cheltenham Festival.