Everybody likes to get something for nothing, which is precisely why the offer of a mobile casino free bonus for joining an online casino is such a tempting proposition. Betting sites try to outdo each other with extravagant welcome bonus packages, but however enticing these offers look you should always make sure to read the small print before rushing to sign on.
All that glitters is not gold, and that is particularly true when it comes to some of the sparkling bonus offers that you can find online.
Matched Deposit Bonus
Online casinos do not make a profit by giving money away to all and sundry, so before registering to get your ‘free mobile casino bonus’ it is probably best to find out exactly what is on offer. Many casino sites will offer welcome packages of hundreds or even a thousand pounds or more, but you should be very clear that large bonuses like these are always matched deposit bonuses.
Matched Deposit: the casino will match your first deposit by a certain percentage up to a fixed limit. Wager restrictions apply.
To give you a concrete example, if a casino is offering a 200% matched bonus up to £200 this means that if you deposit £100 they will add an extra £200 to your account as a 'free bonus'. A lot of casinos will offer similar packages on second, third, fourth and even fifth deposits, and the cumulative total of bonuses is where you get those impressive looking welcome package amounts from.
All of the above is well and good, but after the money is added to your casino account you cannot simply withdraw it. That would be a little too generous on the part of the casino!
Instead you must fulfill what is called a wagering requirement. This is a multiple of the bonus you were awarded which you must spend gambling on specified games – normally slot games – on the casino. So to take our £200 bonus example, let’s assume there is a x25 wagering requirement before you can withdraw the bonus. This means that you must bet 200 x 25 = £5,000 either in one go or (more realistically) in accumulated small bets before you can withdraw the original bonus of £200. A lot of sites will impose the same restrictions on money you win with the bonus award, so be prepared to spin a lot of reels before you can make that withdrawal.
No Deposit Bonus
Another type of mobile casino free bonus which is often even more attractive to new players is the No Deposit Bonus. As the name suggests, this is just a free gift awarded to you by the casino when you sign up, so you can start playing without having to deposit anything at all. Naturally the no deposit bonus amount will be considerably smaller than what you might be offered as a matched deposit bonus, so something like £10 or £20 is pretty standard. Although you don’t have to deposit to receive this award, the same wagering requirements will be enforced before you can withdraw anything.
Slot games tend to dominate a lot of online casinos, with their striking graphics and beguiling animations. As a consequence, more and more casinos are offering free spins as an incentive to sign up with them, usually in addition to a matched deposit bonus. Again, always read the fine print where such offers are concerned.
The free spins will usually be for only one specific game, and may be divided over a number of days. So you may that the 100 free spins works out at 10 per day for the first ten days of your membership, and you may be stuck using them on an unrewarding slot game. What’s more, those wagering requirements can be enforced upon anything you win using your free spins.
Other Mobile Casino Free Bonuses
Online casinos like to reward regular players, as they don’t want to lose their customers to any of the many competitors out there. As a result existing players may also qualify for deposit bonuses at various times, and if you are a big player you will tend to be offered cash-back on money you have lost as well as free spins and no deposit bonuses too. A lot of sites run a referral programme where you will be rewarded with a one-off free bonus amount if you introduce a friend to the site, so check your address book for likely converts!
Tips on Using your Free Bonus
The old adage that ‘there is no such thing as a free lunch’ may be particularly applicable when it comes to 'free bonuses' offered by online casinos. But although there are certainly restrictions in terms of withdrawing these bonuses, that shouldn’t necessarily dissuade you from taking them. It is absolutely possible to use your bonus to make a profit, and then to withdraw your money having completed the wagering requirements. Our tip is that you search for slot games with a high return to player and low volatility, such as Bloodsucker or 1429 Uncharted Seas. In other words, a slot game that repays a lot of the money you put into it through multiple small wins.
With a little bit of research (and some good fortune) you can take your mobile casino free bonus, beat the system and withdraw a tidy profit, all at the expense of the casino!