Introduction to Online Casino Bonuses

Unlike land based casinos, online casinos seem to be rather generous when it comes to offering player bonuses. For example, every single online casino today offers new players what is known as a welcome bonus, a sign up bonus or a new player bonus and if you really want to cash in from all of these offers, there is nothing currently stopping you from signing up to ten or more online casinos.

Not only are the casinos rewarding players for registering an account with them, but they all seem to offer frequent on-going promotions. This is why it is a good idea to keep checking back regularly to see what type of casino bonus is available at any of the sites you have signed up to.

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What are Online Casino bonuses?

An online casino bonus is a 'no strings attached' special offer that is designed to reward players one way or another, usually in the form of free cash. Online casino bonuses can often be extremely generous, especially the 'no-deposit' bonuses or the 'matching deposit bonuses' and they can be found at any online casino today. If you visit an online casino and you can't seem to find any casino bonuses/promotions, there is something definitely wrong with that casino.

An online casino bonus is aimed at enticing new players, but it is also aimed at keeping already registered players interested in their casino. The only way to do this is to give players something for nothing and this is why there are so many online casino bonuses now available for players to take advantage of.

How Online Casino Bonuses Work

Most online casino bonuses have an expiration date. This means that from the moment you accept the casino bonus, you will probably have to make the most of it within a certain amount of time and before it becomes invalid. This is one of the main reasons why you should always read the small print. Every online casino bonus will have a Terms and Conditions tab attached so that you can read through and become familiar with the general terms of the bonus.

Almost every online casino bonus that you are likely to come across at any of today's online casinos will have wagering requirements. These are also known as the bonus playthrough requirements and it means that you will have to wager X amount of cash before the funds become cashable.

If the bonus wagering requirements are for example 40+bonus, and you have been offered a 100% matching deposit bonus up to $200, you must wager this money ($200) 40 times, plus the $200 before you can withdraw any of it. This sounds more complicated than it is, but it is important to remember that wagering must be completed within a certain time limit or you will lose the bonus cash.

Types of Online Casino Bonuses

There are numerous different online casino bonuses out there today, but the most common types that currently exist include the 'matching deposit bonuses', the 'no deposit bonuses' and the 'free play bonuses'. If you receive a 100% matching deposit bonus (as just mentioned) worth up to the value of $400, it means that if you deposit $200, you will receive an additional $200 on top of your deposit, giving you a total of $400 to play with. This means that you have just doubled up on your first ever deposit.

A no-deposit bonus is usually a free cash bonus that doesn't require a deposit, however, the wagering requirements will mean that you can't simply withdraw what the casino has given you without playing X amount of cash first. You may also be required to make a minimum deposit before you can withdraw your bonus cash.

Other casino bonuses include the 'refer-a-friend' bonus, the 'cashback bonus', the 'alternative payment method bonus' and various other special offers. Depending on which casino you have signed up to will determine the types of casino bonus that are actually available. Each bonus can generally be found into a section called 'Promotions', or 'Bonuses'.