If you choose an online casino, you should also take a look at the bonuses offered. Casinos try to outdo each other with better and better offers.
It starts with welcome packages, in which you can secure four-digit euro amounts and hundreds of free spins, up to regular bonuses, which you can secure every week.
But every bonus offer also includes bonus terms and it is important to understand them if you want to assess whether your chosen bonus is a good offer or a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
That is why today we want to introduce you to some of the most common bonus conditions and explain their consequences, so that you are well prepared for your next bonus choice.
Whether you want to treat yourself to a deposit bonus or want to secure free spins, every bonus comes with a minimum deposit.
This minimum deposit can sometimes be very small and just € 10, but especially in the case of free spins bonuses, you can occasionally be required to make deposits of at least € 80 if you want the bonus.
In the case of deposit bonuses, your minimum deposit usually also determines the amount of your bonus. So if you secure a 100% bonus up to € 50, you can only deposit € 10, but you will only get € 10 extra, while you will receive € 50 extra with a deposit of € 50 or more.
Here it is also important to pay attention to the “up to € xx” addition, because in our example you can also deposit € 100, but you will still only receive € 50 extra.
In the case of a free spin bonus, the bonus description can look like this: Deposit at least € 20 and you will receive 50 free spins Starburst. So that means that whether you deposit € 20 or € 50, you will get an additional 50 free spins.
Here it is important to understand that you get the free spins in addition, so you still have your deposit amount available as credit in your account and the free spins are a real bonus that you get on top of that.
Prohibited deposit methods
It is always important to read through the small print, because sometimes there are certain deposit methods that are not allowed to claim a bonus.
This is often the case when it comes to e-wallets or prepaid vouchers like the Paysafecard. The reason for this is often that identity verification is difficult with these deposit methods and players who abuse bonuses often use these methods.
The problem for honest gamblers is that online casinos write this requirement in the small print, i.e. the bonus conditions, but do not put a lock on it if you try to claim this bonus with such a deposit method.
Therefore, you should always take a look at the bonus conditions before making a deposit and keep an eye on which payment methods are eligible for claiming bonuses.
Restrictions on use and prohibited games
If you have an active bonus in your account, in most online casinos you must not exceed a certain stake until you have met your wagering requirements (which we will come to later).
These restrictions are usually € 0.50 per payline or € 5 per game round, or a maximum of 25% of your balance. Always keep an eye on these restrictions, because many online casinos do not automatically warn you if you exceed them, but you still run the risk of getting your bonus canceled if you bet too much.
In addition to betting, certain games are often prohibited while you have an active bonus. In many online casinos, games on this list simply do not contribute to the wagering requirements, but sometimes you may not be able to play the games in question while there is a bonus in your account.
In many cases, the games include slots with a particularly high payout ratio, table games and live casino games. Be sure to always look at the relevant list before you start to implement your bonus in the online casino.
In most online casinos you have to wager a bonus before you can request a withdrawal. There are also some online casinos that offer bonuses without wagering requirements, but this is rather the exception, which is why we would like to explain briefly how wagering requirements work.
A typical value for wagering requirements is that you are required to wager your bonus amount at the casino 25 times before you can withdraw it. You usually have between 7 and 14 days.
So if you have received a bonus amount of € 100, you must first wager € 2,500 in the online casino before you can withdraw the € 100 or winnings that go beyond that.
All other bonus conditions, such as betting restrictions and unapproved games, also play into this.
Sometimes there are games in which your stakes count to 50/25/10 or even 5% for the wagering requirements, which is why it is all the more important that you are informed about the list of restricted games.
Always read the bonus terms
We have explained the most important bonus conditions and how they work roughly here, but it is still important that you read through the conditions yourself for each bonus.
Because the bonus conditions can differ greatly from casino to casino and from bonus to bonus and it would be really annoying if a bonus is canceled or you do not meet the wagering requirements in time because you have not adhered to the bonus conditions.
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