Terms and Conditions
While we always suggest you take advantage of a welcome bonus when you sign up at a new casino, you should always read the terms and conditions before accepting any bonus. You’ll need a solid understanding of the following rules if you want to convert your bonus into real money that can be withdrawn.
Wagering requirements exist to prevent players making a quick buck at the casino’s expense. Unless you’ve claimed a coveted no wagering bonus, you’ll need to stake the value of the bonus a certain number of times before any resulting winnings can be withdrawn.
Say the bonus is worth £50 and there are 40x wagering requirements — you’ll need to wager £2,000 of your own cash before the winnings can be withdrawn. For free spins, the requirements are usually applied to any resulting wins.
When it comes to meeting the wagering requirements, not all games are created equal. While most slots will count 100% towards the requirements, games with a low house edge such as blackjack may only count around 10%. That means for every £100 wagered on blackjack, only £10 will count towards the wagering requirements of the bonus. This term is often called game weighting, and you should check the T&Cs for a full list — it could be hard to meet the requirements if you pick a game with a low weighting.
Payment Method Restrictions
Before you make your first deposit, it’s essential you check for any excluded payment methods. Make a deposit with one of these and you won’t be able to claim the bonus. Typical methods to watch out for are e-wallets like Neteller and Skrill, or prepaid cards like Paysafecard. Although they’re not always excluded, you may have to choose another option such as a debit card.
Always check which games your first deposit bonus can be used on before you claim the offer, otherwise you could be left disappointed. Free spins will usually only be eligible for one or two slots titles, while bonus credit from a deposit match will offer a wider choice. Live casino games are usually excluded — look for a specific live casino bonus if you’d like to play them.
Maximum Win Limit
Win limits determine the maximum amount you can win from a bonus. For example, 50 free spins might come with a win limit of £100 and anything over this amount is forfeited. Although it might seem frustrating when a large payout is curbed by a win limit, you should view your session as a success if you do hit it.
Every welcome bonus package, whether it’s a matched deposit or bonus spins, must be used in a specific time frame laid out in the T&Cs. You’ll need to meet the wagering requirements within this time too — fail to do so and you’ll lose any unused portion and winnings. Time limits could run from as short as 24 hours up to a full month.