Once you decide to claim your bonus there are a set of rules in place you need to follow while the bonus is in play. We mentioned that free money(bonuses) has some strings attached, so we are going to be taking a closer look at some of the important terms and conditions associated with free money bonuses as well explain a bit in detail what certain terms mean.
In a nutshell sticky bonuses are those bonuses that cannot be withdrawn from an online casino whereas a normal bonus can be. On the other hand, a non-sticky bonus (also referred to as parachute or lifeline bonus) separates your real money from the bonus money, allowing you to cash out your real money without having to fulfil the wagering requirements linked to the bonus money. This does not mean that sticky bonuses are less advantageous to non- sticky bonuses. In fact, sticky bonuses are an excellent means of improving your game play since you get to begin with a bigger start up balance.
Wager is when you need to bet your free money(bonus) a certain amount of times before you can request a withdrawal. Some casino’s set wager requirements on either the bonus amount or the deposit plus bonus amount. As of lately, many casinos have increased their wagering on bonuses which makes it hard to meet wager. Many factors can influence whether you will be able to meet wager and that is the wager amount, game providers availability, restricted games as well as your start-up balance to name a few. Also note that wagering for “certain countries” are higher than others. Bonus wagering has time as well, that you need to complete the requirements within a certain time frame which can range from 3 – 30 days.
Almost every online casino has a max bet rule in place when claiming a bonus. The max bet can be anything up to 10 euro per spin. It is good to know that deposit methods can affect the max bet as well. Some casinos apply a max bet of 1 – 2 euro per spin if you claim a bonus using e-wallet deposits but could apply a max bet up to 5 – 10 euro per spin for credit card deposit. Although casinos mention the total max bet per spin, they have another term in relation to max bet and that is the “coin domination” value should not exceed 0.20 euro. So, for example if your coin domination is 0.50 on a 10 payline slot that would be a 5 euro bet, which means you are obeying the max bet rule however you are exceeding the coin domination value. Rather adjust the bet level if you want to increase your bets.
Many casinos lately have restricted the claiming of bonuses using e-wallet deposit methods such as Neteller and Skrill. Note they mention these 2 as they are most popular, but that also means any other form of e-wallets are not eligible to claim bonuses. When using any other alternative methods, make sure you deposit using your own card or account in your own name. You should also know even though a casino advertises a certain deposit method, that certain methods are only available for certain countries.
Many players claim bonuses and after they complete wager, they tend to withdraw immediately. Some players are left with substantial amounts only to find the casino applies a max cash out rule to their bonus offerings. However, with max cash out bonuses casinos offer a reduced wagering in general.
Gambling your winnings or using the double up feature to lead to confiscating of winnings. These are due to max bet are being exceeded when placing the double up wager.
This is a very complex/broad subject, but we can mention the basic as per below:
– Bonus claimed per player, per account, per IP address etc. If you take that same bonus twice or more times, using different accounts under your name or another member of your household claims the same bonus, then it’s considered abuse.
– Claiming free spins offers – Deposit to get free spins and withdrawing deposit after claiming free spins but continue to play free spins is also some form of bonus abuse.
– Accumulating bonus rounds and start playing them when your bonus balance reach zero, and you win those money as real cash.