Online Casino Bonuses: How They Work and How to Use Them

Online gambling is an extraordinarily competitive market. There are so many different online casinos to choose from, and sometimes the only way a platform can make itself truly stand out is through its bonuses. There are many different types of bonuses, but all bonuses pretty much have the same job - they'll increase the number of spins or betting money you'd regularly have, and depending on the terms and conditions, claiming these offers can often be very rewarding.

Welcome Casino Bonuses

These bonuses can only be claimed by new players, oftentimes only once unless it's part of an entire welcome package. These bonuses give new players extra incentive to try out the casino's games, and while the bonus will vary a lot, the general premise is the same. You'll have free credits to try out the games with along with whatever your deposit is. Welcome bonuses will either be one single offer, or they'll give out a welcome package totaling a certain number and the welcome bonus is awarded over two to five, sometimes more deposits. They also might offer free spins on specific games with this kind of bonus.

When claiming a bonus like this, you'll want to read the terms and conditions associated with this bonus. While there are no-rules bonuses, which are bonuses free of withdrawal maximums and wagering requirements, the majority of online casino bonuses will require you to fulfill a playthrough requirement, which means you need to play through the bonus a certain number of times before you can withdraw. There will also often be a minimum deposit requirement. You might need a code, or several codes to claim the bonus. Oftentimes they're available directly on the website, and you need to input them into the cashier section before or after making your deposit.

To claim this bonus, you need to sign up and register for an account by providing some personal information, and you'll probably need to opt in to claim this offer. They might also make you enter a promotional code, depending on the requirements of the specific bonus. Afterward, go to the cashier section and make your deposit, and the bonus should be all yours! Most bonuses go through a similar validation process as the one I just explained,

No Deposit Bonuses

These bonuses do not require a deposit to claim, and oftentimes they'll be the first type of bonus you'll claim after registration. Sometimes a no deposit bonus might just be free spins on a certain game, or $10 worth of credits for example. Some no deposit bonuses still come with wagering requirements, so read the terms and conditions carefully.

Deposit Match Bonus

The difference between this bonus, and the welcome bonus is this bonus is for existing players, rather than new players. This is a very popular type of bonus. To claim this type of bonus, you need to match a deposit (a capped amount) you make by a certain percentage. So for example, if you make a 100% match bonus, which is claimable up to 500 EUR, that means your deposited total cannot exceed 500 EUR. So with this offer, the most you can bet is 250 EUR, but the casino will match your 250 EUR with another 250 EUR, totaling 500 EUR to play with.

Cashback Bonus

The last type of bonus I mentioned often only is a viable promotion for VIP players, but some casinos do offer their members general cashback. With this promotion, you'll be guaranteed a certain percentage of your losses back on a monthly/ weekly or even daily basis. In most cases, you will receive the cashback as bonus credits. You can then use these to play games and cash out the winnings after satisfying the wagering requirements.