In order to attract new customers, online casinos will frequently offer a welcome bonus. Basically, a small inducement to make registering an account more appealing. Most usually it will be in the form of FREE stuff. Free cash or free spins. However, there are several different types of welcome bonus that you (the player) could be offered. Let’s run through your options…

FREE Spins

Free spins are a very common bonus type for casinos to give away. They come with zero cost to the casino and are very popular with players. Quite often they will come as part of a package with another bonus type such as a matched bonus. It is easy to see why slot players love free spins. They offer a chance to generate significant wins without laying out any capital. It should be borne in mind though, that before you can take advantage of a free spin offer you must first make a deposit. The good news is that deposit is generally only going to be £/€/$10 or 20. Casinos are also getting far more generous in their free spins bonus offers these days, with anything from 25 FREE spins to (potentially) 500 FREE spins available.

Bwin FREE SPINS Welcome Package
New Players Welcome Package
T&Cs Apply
New Depositors & UK Customers only

18+. Minimum deposit £10. 10x wagering on winnings. Spins valid only on Starburst slot game and valued at £0.10 each. Offers expires after 7 days. Excludes deposits made by Skrill, Entropay, Paypal and Neteller. T&C's apply.

Matched Bonus

The matched bonus is by far the most common bonus type new players will come across. A matched bonus means that the casino will match the amount of your initial deposit with an equivalent amount of ‘bonus money’. For example, if you were to register and deposit £50, using your preferred payment method, the casino would give you another £50 meaning you now have £100 to play. Pretty cool huh! Best of all, this offer is frequently paired with a free spin bonus making it even more enticing.

No Deposit Bonus

A no deposit bonus offers exactly what it says. The casino will give you free money just for registering an account. However, there will usually be several conditions attached.

  • You will have to opt-in to email communications. No getting around this one!
  • Frequently these types of bonus are also time-limited. It may be that you need to complete the bonus within as little as 72 hours.
  • There will be turnover requirements included (as with most other bonuses) which could be as high as 60x but are generally 35x.
  • It is likely that there will be a cash-out limit. This might be 1.5x the bonus amount. If the no deposit bonus is £20 the withdraw limit could be £30.

Reload Bonus

Reload bonuses are generally given to existing customers as opposed to new accounts. However, some casinos offer attractive welcome packages that include a 1st, 2nd and 3rd deposit bonus. The initial deposit will usually be a standard 100% welcome bonus. Subsequent deposits may be at a reduced percentage, 50% then 25% for example. These offers although subject to turnover requirements are still pretty sweet deals. Some casinos such as O’Reels casino even offer a reload package with free spins included.

O'Reels Reload Bonus Package
Reload Bonus Package
get up to 100 FREE spins on first 3 visits €20 deposit required
T&Cs Apply
New players only
Wagering occurs from real balance first. 5x wagering the bonus or any winnings generated from free spins, contribution may vary per game. The wagering requirement is calculated on bonus bets only. Free spins valid for 7 days from issue. Minimum deposit £/$/€20. Max conversion from free spins: $/£/€ 20. Excluded Skrill deposits. Full Terms apply.

VIP Rewards 

If you play regularly or at high stakes then you may be invited to join the casino VIP program, if they have one. Should you receive an invitation, my advice is to accept. The benefits are generally very good, and if you are going to be playing anyway, you may as well get some of the good stuff right?

Each casinos VIP program will vary, but they all have one thing in common. The rewards program will always be tiered according to the value that you bring. The more valuable you are as player the higher your tier will be. A typical tier system will be something like Bronze (bottom tier), Silver, Gold and Platinum (top tier) or similar. What the casino is prepared to offer VIP’s will again vary but may include things like…

  • Exclusive promotions or reload bonuses
  • Your own personal account manager
  • Birthday or anniversary gifts
  • Cashback offers
  • Invitations to special events

From this, you can see that online casinos have a wide range of bonus offers available. However, if you are put off by the turnover requirements, or you simply want to play for cash, then you do have the option to reject any bonus offer. My feeling is why would you? Bonuses can be fun to play, and free spins especially give you the opportunity to win big cash prizes with no capital outlay.

“Online casino slot bonuses can be great, but, as with any offer you need to read the terms & conditions carefully. Casino bonus offers generally come with wagering requirements attached. Sometimes these can be challenging, but don’t be put off. Look around for casinos offering low wagering requirements (20x – 30x) or better yet, NO WAGERING REQUIREMENTS. Remember, it isn’t the size of the bonus that counts, it’s what you do with it!


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