Online casinos attract millions of players every month, but the race to recruit, (and hold on to), new customers in a crowded market is never ending. One of the key ways a casino may try to stand out from the crowd is by offering great sign up deals which they hope will attract potential players. These may include the opportunity to play free online pokies for real money, often after making either no, or a very small, deposit; or offering a completely no-strings attached free spin deal. Sometimes similar incentives are also made available to existing customers as a reward.
These opportunities sound amazing, but can it be as good a chance to make something out of nothing as it sounds; or are there hidden catches which are not immediately obvious? The truth is that while it’s good to have the chance to win some real money from a free casino game there are a few things which will affect the end result of this kind of offer, so it’s worth going into it with those in mind.
Always check the wagering terms
If you are quite new to online casinos you may not be familiar with the term’ wagering’ – which basically refers to the need for the amount of either your deposit, the bonus awarded, or both, to be played through the system a certain number of times; so a 30x wagering requirement on say a $10 bonus would mean wagering $300 before you could keep any profits.
It’s probably impossible to avoid wagering terms, barring the very rare exception, so if you come across those grab them immediately. Otherwise, you need to get smart and play the system to increase your chance of coming out ahead, overall.
Compare the deals
It may be tempting to jump at the online casino advertising the biggest cash bonus or the most free spins, but be sure to check the wagering terms too, and do the sums to figure out which is the best deal. A significantly lower wagering number is always worth looking at.
Also check that if a small deposit is required whether this is also subject to the wagering rules, and if so, is it the same level as the free cash?
Choose where you spend the free cash wisely
Presuming there are no restrictions on where you can wager the bonus cash award you have the usual choice between slots, table games and perhaps some extras like bingo. If your reasoning for playing with a free bonus is simply to try out a few new games without investing too much cash yourself then feel free to spend the bonus wherever you like; but, if your mission is to make cash you need to research what percentage each game contributes to your overall wagering requirements.
For example, in most cases 100% of what you wager on a slot is counted, while anything from 5% to say 50% may be counted if you use the bonus cash to play roulette or blackjack. Sticking with the 100% games will help you meet wagering requirements faster,