Welcome bonuses, sign up bonuses, deposit bonuses
Although deposit bonuses might theoretically also be given to existing players (see ‘reload bonuses’ below), this term is generally used to refer to bonuses given to new players for making their first deposit or a certain number of deposits (e.g. for their first 3 deposits). That’s why these bonuses are also called welcome bonuses or sign up bonuses.
The value of deposit bonuses is usually linked to the amount of the player’s deposit, usually expressed as a certain percentage of the deposited money. This means that the more you deposit the more you get, but there is almost always a specific limit that restricts the total value of the bonus.
You can find deposit bonuses using the “Bonus type” filter in this list, or in our list of welcome bonuses on a dedicated page.
Reload bonuses are almost the same as the welcome bonuses mentioned above, with one key difference. While the bonuses mentioned in the previous section are offered to new players, reload bonuses are meant to be used by existing players, i.e. those that have been playing at a casino for some time already. These are given to players by casinos as a loyalty reward, or to motivate them to play again after a period of inactivity.
To find interesting cashback bonuses, use the “Bonus type” filter in this list or check out our separate list of reload bonuses.
Cashback bonuses are also usually offered to existing players, but they are sometimes advertised even to new players. These bonuses work by returning a certain percentage of lost money to players.
You can browse cashback bonuses using the “Bonus type” filter in this list or by visiting a separate page with a list of cashback bonuses.
Loyalty programs are relatively unique and different from other types of casino bonuses. They allow players to unlock special rewards and new VIP levels, and/or to purchase various items using the accumulated loyalty points. Each casino implements its loyalty program a bit differently.
Some websites, such as Casino Bonus Club, offer exclusive bonuses to their visitors. These are unique in the fact that they are not available to anyone who registers at a casino, but only to players who sign up through a specific website.
Most common online casino bonus terms and conditions
All casino bonuses have certain terms and conditions, which a player needs to agree with to get a bonus. These differ from bonus to bonus, but there are some very common rules that apply to most bonuses:
- Wagering requirements – You can’t just get a bonus and withdraw the money. You first need to play with it to “unlock” the bonus money and make it available for withdrawal. Wagering requirements (WR) specify how much money you need to wager to do that. If you get a $100 bonus with 40x WR, you need to wager $4,000 to be able to withdraw money from your casino account.
- Maximum allowed bet sizes – You can’t just place any bets you want when you play with bonus money. The bet size is usually limited, with the most common max bet size being $5 or similar value in other currencies.
- Restricted countries – Not all bonuses are available to players from all countries. Some of them may be available just for players from selected countries, while others may be available to all players except people from so-called restricted countries.
- Restricted games – When playing with bonus money, players can’t just choose any casino games to play. Some games may be restricted. Additionally, some games may contribute only a certain percentage of wagered money towards wagering requirements.
- Maximum win – When you play with bonus money, your winnings may be limited to a certain amount. If you win more than that, only the money equal to the limit will be paid out to you. The exceeding winnings will be voided.
There are many other important bonus terms and conditions you need to look out for. Make sure you read the bonus T&Cs carefully before taking advantage of it, so that you are not negatively surprised later on when trying to cash out your winnings.
Things to pay attention to when looking for a bonus
In addition to the bonus terms and conditions above, there are other things you need to watch out for.
Always use your real personal information when creating your casino account. Before allowing you to make your first withdrawals, casinos generally ask players to complete a KYC (know your customer) procedure. This process involves providing copies of ID documents and/or other documents which the casino requires to be sure that you are a real person and you are not playing as somebody else.
Additionally, remember that casinos usually have a strict ‘one account per person’ and ‘one bonus per person’ policy. You can’t create multiple accounts in the same casino, and you can get most bonuses only once. If you try to get around this, you might be able to create a new casino account, but you will surely be stopped by the KYC procedure which will follow your first withdrawal request at the latest.