With so many poker rooms and online casinos out there claiming to have the ‘biggest and best’ bonuses, it’s little wonder that your head feels like the little ball on the roulette wheel going round n round.
As an online casino player you should be exercising your right to take advantage of every legitimate bonus, promotion or offer out there. There are so many more deals when you play online than in a bricks and mortar casino just waiting to be exploited by you because there are much lower overheads and operational and development costs.
Here’s my attempt to explain the difference between all of the bonus types that you have probably come across and clear up some confusion. No doubt you’ve seen for yourself by now that there are bucket loads of promotions and freebies out there. So you’d be plain crazy to register with a new casino that doesn’t offer a bonus of some type. You’d be throwing away free money!
Many online casinos offer a ‘cash deposit bonus’ to players who open a new accounts and match the new player’s initial deposit (sometimes by as much as $1000). Make the most of this benefit to boost your bankroll to play a lot more games and cards. But beware. There’s usually a (not so small) catch to receive your free bonus – you might need to wager a certain amount before all of your bonus. This is what we call the ‘wagering requirement’ and can sometimes be quite high. I suggest you play smaller games and more of them if there’s a high wagering requirement.
And then there’s the ‘reload bonus’ which is designed to keep you reloading your account (ie depositing more money) and playing with the same casino rather than going elsewhere. These bonuses often work in the same way as the first ‘cash deposit bonus’ above where the casinos will match the money you put in your account.
A ‘no deposit bonus’, on the other hand, is a type of bonus that doesn’t require you to deposit any money at all. I know! Sounds too good to be true, right!? The casino just adds money to your account as an incentive to keep you gambling with them. The usual amount is about $10 – not particularly big but better than a hole in your head!
If you play with a particular casino for long enough and reach a certain status, the casino may offer you what is called a ‘loyalty bonus’. The higher your status or seniority, the larger the percentage of your bonus is likely to be. You’ll probably have to be a higher roller to get this far.
And finally, you might have 5 to 15 per cent automatically added to your account as a ‘preferred deposit bonus’ if you use the casino’s favored form of electronic payment to deposit money. So make sure you check this out before you add more money."