Casino Promotions

As online casino bonuses and promotions prove a big hit among punters, operators seem to develop something new and exciting every month. It’s such an action-packed industry that it’s often easy to miss some of the awesome promotions and schemes out there.

This article specifically deals with popular bonuses offered by modern online casinos. Nowadays it seems that offering the best bonuses is a fun game online casinos love to play and this creates a win-win situation for both the players and the casinos.

Most online casino bonuses fall within two categories: Deposit Bonus and No Deposit Bonus.

We start by briefly introducing the framework of Deposit and No deposit bonuses.

Players are able to claim Deposit bonuses by making a deposit with the casino. Generally, the most popular deposit bonus is the welcome bonus or the sign up bonus.

Players might also be interest in No deposit bonuses which does not require players to deposit in an online casino. Players generally claim these bonuses right after they open and activate a new account in an online casino.

Within these categories, there are different types of bonuses to be found, each of which we will briefly introduce in this article. Please note that all casino bonuses have terms and conditions attached to them, the most important of which is briefly introduced at the end of this article.


Types of Deposit Bonuses

Sign-up/Welcome bonus

Sign Up bonuses can be classes as the most commonly offered bonus in the industry. Welcome bonuses are somewhat of a fixated trend among online casinos where players are awarded bonuses in relation to the player’s initial deposit amount. The bonuses are measured in a percentage basis, normally set at 100%, meaning if players deposit $30, they’ll receive another $30 as a bonus.

Welcome bonuses are applicable to the first deposit only. Therefore, players register, activate their account and claim the bonus while making their first deposit.

Re-load Bonus

Re-load bonuses are applicable to bonuses which are based on deposits after the very first payment. Re-load bonuses follow similar principles to the sign up bonuses where the bonus amount depends on the deposit amount. Re-loads bonuses intend to encourage existing players into reimbursing their cash account after their first deposit.

It’s not necessary that re-load bonuses yield the same percentage as welcome bonuses. For instance, if a casino offers 100% match bonus on the first deposit and 50% bonus on the second deposit, the 100% match is the welcome bonus and the 2nd deposit bonus is a re-load bonus.

Preferred payment bonus

Preferred payment bonus intend to encourage players to a specific payment option accepted by the online casino whereby the casino offers a certain bonus amount if players deposit using that particular method. While this is not the most common bonus in the industry, some online casinos which have a plethora of deposit options employee this bonus.

Casinos have various reasons for choosing one deposit method over the other, and they reward the player for using that method through a bonus amount which usually ranges from 5% to 10% of the amount deposited. Casinos clearly state their desired method of payments in either their promotions page or banking page.

Visit our Deposit Bonus page for full details on each type and their respective terms and conditions.

Types of No Deposit Bonuses

Free cash bonus

Free cash bonuses are a great way for newbies to start with since they are risk free and players get to feel he vibe of playing online casino games with free money. Free cash bonus, also known as registration bonus is claimable as soon as players register and activate their account.

Normally these bonuses are a fixed amount and relatively low, however they are risk free. It is important to note that these are pre-deposit bonuses and cannot be claimed if players have made a deposit with the casino.

Free Spins Bonus

Free spin bonuses are a great way for new players to venture into the world of online pokies. Free spin bonuses follow the principle of free cash bonus, the difference being that players get a set number of free spins on a specific game rather than just plain cash. Players can then treat the credits they’ve won during the free spins as free cash and enjoy other games as well.

Refer a friend bonus

Refer a friend bonus is a win-win bonus for both the online casino and the player. If you are a registered player in an online casino, you can refer a friend by entering the friend’s email address. If your friend follows the link and registers and deposits with the casino, you are eligible for a set bonus amount as part of the ‘Refer a friend’ bonus.

Go to our No Deposit Bonus page for full details.


Players are not to be confused with the term cash when it comes to bonuses, since none of the bonuses can be treated as your own withdrawable cash. All bonus amounts are accumulated in the bonus account (unless stated otherwise) which is held separately with the casino and independent to the cash account.

However, the task in hand is to transfer funds from the player’s bonus account to the cash account by fulfilling various terms and conditions, the most important of which are the Wagering Requirements, that we briefly introduce below.

Wagering Requirements Explained

As briefly explained above, in order for players to claim their bonuses as cash, they have to transfer funds from the bonus account to their cash account. While the list of terms and condition associated with bonuses can be substantial, the one players need to fore mostly focus on is the wagering requirements.

Without a wagering requirement players could sign up, get the bonus and then immediately withdraw and that would be just stupid. Therefore, online casinos require players who claim these bonuses to turnover their bonus amount certain number of times, by playing casino games, before being eligible to withdraw the amount and this “certain number of turnover” is the wagering requirement which is also terms as playthrough or turnover requirements.

If a casino states that their wagering requirement for the sign-up bonus is 30x, it means the player needs to bet their bonus amount 30 times before being able to withdraw the bonus amount into withdraw able cash. If the player receives a bonus of $50, he’ll have to bet $50X30 = $1500, only after which the player can withdraw the $50 in cash. The terms and conditions of the bonus should clearly state the requirements; generally they state the number of turnovers required, and now you know what that means.