Casino Bonuses

casino bonusesOn the face of it, casino bonuses can often seem too good to be true.  How can these guys afford to offer you so much in free money just to play their games?

The reality is that online casino gaming is a hugely competitive market with relatively low costs (compared to a land based casino) and this means a lot of value is passed on to the player.  The UK is also one of the biggest regulated markets in the world so British players have more choice and better deals than anywhere else.

Bonuses are designed for you to get free funds that can be used to try out a brand to see if you like them, but this is not free cash, it comes with wagering requirements (more later).  You may or may not end up with cash winnings once you’ve used your bonus but the most important thing is you get to try out the site without spending much, if any, of your own cash.

Below we have a selection of bonuses and offers listed, including no deposit offers, with a welcome deal to suit all types of player (new customers only, 18+, T&C’s will apply).  Further down you can read about how these bonuses work, things to look out for, and how to claim.

Wager £10 Get £70
New Customers only. Deposit and wager £10 within 7 days of opening new account. £70 bonus = 1x £10 Free Sports Bet, 2x £20 + 2x £10 Casino Bonuses for selected games with up to 60x wagering applicable. 3 day expiry. Payment cards only. Geographical Restrictions and T&Cs Apply, see below. Please Gamble Responsibly.
T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+. Begambleaware.org.
Up to £100 New Player Bonus
New Casino customers only. Deposit min. £10. Applies to first deposit to Casino only. Max. bonus £100. 15x wagering (game weighting, table coverage and max. bet rules apply) on deposit and bonus to make the bonus balance withdrawable. Time limits and T&Cs apply.
T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+. Begambleaware.org.
Stake £10, 100 Free Spins
New customers only. 18+. Promo code CASINO100. £10 min transfer and stake on Slots at Betfred Casino within 7 days of registration. Minimum 5 game rounds. Game restrictions apply. Max 100 Free Spins. 50 Free Spins on Lucky Emeralds credited instantly followed by 50 Free Spins on selected titles within 48 hours. Free Spins must be accepted within 3 days. 7-day expiry. Payment restrictions apply. SMS validation may be required. Full T&Cs apply.
T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+. Begambleaware.org.
Up to £400 in Welcome Bonus Offers + 100 Spins
New eligible UK players only. Select Casino offer on sign-up and deposit. 4 deposits of £10, £20, £50, £100 matched with a bonus cash offer of same value (14 day expiry). 35x real money cash wagering (within 30 days) on eligible games before bonus cash is credited. Spins credited upon deposits; under £50 =10 Spins, £50 or over =25 Spins; on Book of Dead only (3 day expiry, winnings paid in cash). Play Responsibly. 18+ begambleaware.org. Click for full T&C’s.
T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+. Begambleaware.org.
150% Bonus up to £150
New accounts only. Min. £10 deposit, debit card and PayPal only. 50x wagering, game contributions vary, max. stake applies, 7 day expiry. Full terms apply. 18+. BeGambleAware.org.
T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+. Begambleaware.org.
100% Buy In Bonus + 50 Spins
Opt in required. New customers to Casino page only. 1x per customer. Min. Buy in £10. Bonus value 100% of Buy in. Max. Bonus £300. 40x Wagering, Max Redeemable £4,000. 50 Free Spins with x35 wagering will be awarded after the Buy in Bonus is completed, Max Redeemable £1,000. Bonus expires after 7 days. Stake contributions, player, country, currency, game restrictions and terms apply.
T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+. Begambleaware.org.
grosvenor casino
£20 Welcome Bonus
Join and deposit £20+ and within 72 hours receive a £20 bonus. The bonus must be wagered five times (i.e. 5 x £20 = £100) within 30 days from the first deposit in order to withdraw any bonus winnings.
T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+. Begambleaware.org.
£15-888 Free
No deposit free play from £15 up to £888, claim within 2 days of receiving email after sign up. Bonus then valid 14 days, max winnings equal to free play amount, unless jackpot win. First deposit bonus from £20 up to £100 (except Neteller/Skrill), max winnings £500, valid 90 days. Both bonuses carry 30x rollover with various game contributions.
T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+. Begambleaware.org.
mr green
100% up to £50 Bonus & 50 Spins
Opt in required. New customers only. 1x per customer. Min. £20 deposit. 1st deposit only. Selected games only. Max. Bonus £300 35x wagering and 50 Free Spins at £0.10/spin on Lucky Mr Green 35x Wagering. Free Spins credited once deposit amount has been wagered. Bonus and Free Spins expire 7 days after issue. Game weighting, game, country, currency, player restrictions and terms apply.
T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+. Begambleaware.org.
sun vegas
100% Bonus up to £300
New customers only resident in UK&ROI. 100% bonus up to a max of £300 on first deposit. Min deposit £10· Wager 50 times the “BONUS+DEPOSIT” amount before withdrawal. · Wagering is with real money first & must be completed within 30 days. Bonus must be accepted within 72 hours & is valid for 30 days. Bonus amount can't be withdrawn. Not all games contribute equally to wagering requirements· Deposits with Skrill & Neteller are not valid. Real money balance can always be withdrawn. Play responsibly. 18+ Begambleaware.org. Full T&C apply.
T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+. Begambleaware.org.
prospect hall
£300 Bonus + 100 Bonus Spins
First deposit 100% up to £100 + 50 bonus spins, second deposit 50% up to £100 + 25 spins, third deposit 100% up to £100 + 25 spins. Wagering required 50x deposit + bonus amount (game contributions vary, see PH full terms for details) within 30 days of award, £5 max per bet, maximum withdrawable from bonus = 10x bonus amount claimed. Spins are valid 7 days each, winnings as a bonus subject to same wagering as main bonus.
T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+. Begambleaware.org.
kerching casino
Up To £500 Bonus
First 3 deposits only, min deposit £10, max bonus £500 and 100 spins on selected slot game. 30x wagering (dep + bonus) on selected slot games only, maximum withdrawable after wagering equal to 5x bonus amount.
T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+. Begambleaware.org.
tonybet
10% up to £300 + 50 Spins
New depositing UK players (using code ROYALS) can claim a 100% bonus up to £500 + 50 extra spins. Extra spins for select slots, 35x wagering of winnings required in 3 days. Bonus awarded when first £10+ deposit is wagered 10x within 7 days, bonus then must be wagered 25x within 30 days to withdraw. T&C's apply, 18+, BeGambleAware.
T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+. Begambleaware.org.
Coral Logo
Deposit £10 Get £50
18+. New Players only. Min £10 buy-in to get £50 bonus. 24 x (Bonus) wagering reqs apply. Bonus valid for 30 days (bonus and winnings removed). Certain deposit methods only. Bets covering 67% or more of Roulette table don't count to wagering. T&Cs Apply.
T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+. Begambleaware.org.
Bet £10 Get £50
18+. New Customers Only. Deposit & Stake Min £10 on qualifying games. 40x wagering requirement (bonus only) on selected games. Bonus valid 30 days, certain deposit types excluded. Bets covering >70% of roulette table excluded. T&C's apply.
T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+. Begambleaware.org.
Various Offers Available
Befair offer several casino bonuses depending on which section you would like to play in. Visit Befair through the button below to see a list of available offers.
T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+. Begambleaware.org.
unibet
Deposit £10 Get £40 Bonus
18+ www.begambleaware.org. New Customers Only. Minimum deposit £10. 35x wagering requirement apply. Bonus will expire 30 days after opt-in. Further T&C's Apply
T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+. Begambleaware.org.
100% up to £100 Bonus & up to 100 Spins
1st Dep. £20-£100; Max. bonus £100 on selected slots; Spin the wheel for 10-100 spins on selected NetEnt slots. Max. convertible, wagering requirements on the sum of deposits & bonus and T&Cs apply. 18+
T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+. Begambleaware.org.
mr play
100 Spins + 100% Up To £200 Bonus
Terms and Conditions apply. New players only. 18+. Min Deposit CIO. Welcome package splits over 3 deposits, 35x wagering requirement applies to match up bonus. Offer valid for 1 week. 100 spins split to 20 spins a day for 5 dayz 50x wagering applies to spins.
T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+. Begambleaware.org.
200 Spins & 100% up to £200 Bonus
100% bonus on first deposit (except Skrill or Neteller) from £10 up to £200. 40x wagering requirement in 14 days (see site for game weighting to play through), £5 max bet slots, £30 other games. Free spins for a specific slot awarded once £5 has been wagered, given at a rate of 20/day for the first 10 days. Spins valid 24 hours from credit with same wagering requirements on winnings, max withdrawable from spins £100.
T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+. Begambleaware.org.
10Bet Casino
New Customers only; Min. deposit £15 (no Skrill/Neteller); Wager the bonus amount 40x within 15 days to convert bonus winnings into real money; Max winnings = 10x bonus amount; Real money balance wagered first; Bonus amount shall be deducted from any converted winnings; Withdrawing your real money balance prior to meeting the wagering requirements will forfeit your bonus balance; Wager any winnings from your use of free spins 15x in 7 days to convert into real money; Free spins max. winnings = £100. Stake contribution towards wagering requirements varies between eligible games, see full terms; Terms apply; 18+
T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+. Begambleaware.org.
karamba
Up To £50 Bonus & 100 Spins
Terms and Conditions apply. New players only. 18+. Min deposit £10. Wagering requirement apply 35x. Offer valid for 72hr. 100 spins includes 3 deposit. See full terms on the Karamba site.
T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+. Begambleaware.org.
jackpot 24/7
24 Spins For 7 Days
18+. New customers only. Min deposit £20. Min bet £20. 24 Bonus spins credited for 7 days across various games once deposit and playthrough has been completed. Offer can only be claimed once per customer. 5x playthrough on Bonus spins within 3 days. Weightings apply. Further terms apply, www.begambleaware.org
T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+. Begambleaware.org.
Deposit £10 Play With £60 + 100 Spins
New Customers from UK & IRL only. Deposits made with e-wallets are not valid for this promo. Bonus wagering x35 on eligible games. Winnings from bonus capped at £/€500. Spins available after bonus is redeemed/lost. Opt in required. Full T&C’s apply
T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+. Begambleaware.org.
sts
500 Bonus Spins
18+. New customers only. Promotion valid from 23.04.20. Min. £50 first deposit required. Bonus spins added after min. £50 loss on casino slots. Offer active for 14 days from registration. 500 bonus spins on qualifying slots. No wagering on bonus spins winnings. Bonus Spins valid for 7 days. Bonus spins worth £0.10 each. Deposit method restrictions. Full T&Cs apply. begambleaware.org.
T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+. Begambleaware.org.
Rizk Casino
Deposit £50 Play With £100 + 50 Spins
New customers Only, minimum £10 deposit. 100% up to £50 bonus. Neteller/Skrill excluded. Maximum bonus £50. Wagering 40x on bonus amount within 30 days. Bonus max bet £5. Spins paid 10/day on select slot game valid 24 hours. Game weighting and T&C's apply.
T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+. Begambleaware.org.
Deposit £50 Play With £100
New players, £10+ deposit, no e-wallets/prepaid cards, 30x Playthrough on Bonus and 50x on Free Spins, £500 cap on Bonus winnings. T&Cs apply
T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+. Begambleaware.org.
11 Welcome Spins & £200 Bonus
First deposit bonus welcome package: Min £10 deposit. 11 Welcome Spins - No wagering. 7 days to activate spins and spins expire 24 hours after activation. 100% deposit bonus - max bonus £200. Wagering requirement 20x. Bonus balance is paid with 10% installments to account balance. Bonus balance is not playable. Max bet is £20. Account balance is withdrawable at any time. Upon withdrawal, any remaining bonus balance or features are forfeit. Please play responsibly. Begambleaware.org
T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+. Begambleaware.org.
mansion casino
100% up to £200
New customers only. Minimum deposit £20, maximum bonus £200. Wager 40x before withdrawing. Game weighting applies. Max bonus betting limit – slots: £5, other games: 10% of bonus amount. T&Cs apply
T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+. Begambleaware.org.

Understanding Casino Bonuses

Understanding Learning

When deciding which online casino site to play at, it’s important that you understand what the various casino bonuses are and how they work. Bonuses are offered to get new players to sign up to that specific casino site, but there are so many bonuses available with subtle differences in the wording and terms that it can be difficult to make an informed choice.

You need to use bonuses that will suit you, the games you want to play, the bankroll you have available, wagering requirements that don’t shut you out, and the amount of time you are willing and able to put into playing.

Most bonuses tend to match a proportion of your deposit, but you don’t have to take the maximum amount – most minimum deposits are as low as £10 so whichever offers you choose be sure to only claim a sensible amount of bonus money that you have at least some chance of clearing the wagering in the time allowed.

But before we get into all of the different bonuses, let’s tackle wagering requirements, because understanding these will make the rest of the page so much easier to digest.

Wagering Requirements

 

Wagering Concept

If you think you can sign up to an online casino site, deposit and get a bonus and walk away with it, you are very much mistaken. Every casino bonus offered will have terms and conditions, and sometimes it’s better to decline a bonus than accept one that you have almost no chance of winning from.

The wagering requirement (WR) is sometimes called the play through requirement or rollover requirement, and is usually given as a multiplier of either the bonus or the bonus plus the deposit.  This is the minimum amount you’ll need to play before withdrawing the winnings from your bonus, as well as the bonus itself (if it’s withdrawable).

For Example

If you deposit £100 and receive a £100 bonus you’ll have a £200 casino balance. Applying a reasonable wagering requirement of 30x the bonus means you’ll need to bet £3,000 on casino games before withdrawing.

This might seem like a lot, but remember, the word ‘wagered’ doesn’t mean lost. Slot sessions tend to see your balance going up and down as you hit winning streaks and dead patches, so you could wager through £3,000 using the same £100 deposit.

Most casinos will also apply weightings to their games so that games with a very low house edge, such as blackjack, count less towards the play through requirement.

As a general rule of thumb the WR stated will be for slots, with the weightings normally looking something like this:

  • Slots – 100%
  • Roulette – 25%
  • Blackjack – 10%

This means that £1 bet on slots counts for £1 towards the wagering requirement, but £1 bet on roulette counts for 25p meaning you need to bet 4x as much on roulette as you would slots:

Amount to Clear Amount Wagered Game Weighting Amount Cleared Amount Left to Clear
£50.00 £1.00 Slot 100% £1.00 £49.00
£50.00 £1.00 Roulette 25% £0.25p £49.75
£50.00 £1.00 Blackjack 20% £0.20p £49.80
£50.00 £1.00 Video Poker 15% £0.15p £49.85

Whilst this may seem unfair if you’re more of a blackjack player than a slots player, it’s almost a universal rule now and one that’s found at pretty much all online casinos.

It brings the wagering requirements in line with the house edge of the game so it is as fair as possible to all players and the casino.

Casino Sign Up Bonuses

The first type of offer we’ll talk about is the most lucrative, the casino welcome bonus (aka sign up bonus).

These are restricted to new customers and can normally only be claimed once per player, although some will stagger the bonus over your first three deposits rather than the first one.

Broadly speaking, they can be be split into two different camps; deposit bonuses and no deposit bonuses, so let’s look at each in turn and get an understanding of the differences between them.

Deposit Bonuses

Money GiftHere you receive a bonus on your first deposit as a way of saying thank you for choosing to play at that casino. It will often come as a deposit match, and different casinos offer to match different percentages of your first deposit. The amount you can claim will also have a limit.

One of the most common bonuses is a 100% deposit match, which basically means that they will double your very first deposit – so if you decide to deposit £100 you will also receive £100 in casino bonus funds for free, giving you a total of £200 to play with.

You’ll also see plenty of 200% bonuses, where a £100 deposit receives a £200 bonus – giving you a £300 starting balance. Generally speaking the bigger the match percentage the bigger the wagering requirements will be, meaning you’ll need to play for longer before withdrawing your bonus or winnings, but we’ll get to that later on.

The phrasing can be quite clever with these offers, so you need to read them properly and work out exactly what you are getting so that you can tell which bonus offers better value for you.

Free Spins / No Deposit Bonuses

Free SpinsThere are some online casino sites that want you to try before you buy, this can come in the form of free spins to use on selected slot games or as a bonus to use however you like.

  • Free Spins – Usually on specific games or on a small selection of slot games. Here you’ll get to spin without making a deposit, but the winnings are yours to keep (wagering requirements will normally apply).
  • No Deposit Bonuses – Similar to the deposit bonus we mentioned above, but no deposit is needed. Here you’ll receive bonus cash to play with as you like (usually with some game restrictions). Once you’ve met the wagering requirements the winnings can be withdrawn but the initial bonus cannot.

The majority of online casino sites will stipulate a maximum amount that can be won from these bonuses – they are, after all, completely free.

Whilst they don’t require a deposit you may be required to register a debit card to prove your identity, or have to make a deposit to be able to withdraw winnings. This is normal industry practice, it’s not a trick.

Bonuses For Existing Customers

Whilst new players do get the biggest and best bonuses, that doesn’t mean that once you’ve signed up you’re forgotten about.

Most casinos also offer bonuses and run loyalty schemes for their existing customers in order to keep them sweet and stop them being courted by rival sites.

These can be much more varied in their approach, and some casinos prefer certain types over others, so learning which kind of existing customer rewards suit you can be a key factor in deciding which casino to sign up with in the first place.

Loyalty Schemes

Loyalty PointsLoyalty schemes are intended to reward you for playing at the casino. Here comp points are accrued as you play which can then be turned into bonuses or even real money.

The rate at which you earn bonuses, as well as the rate at which they’re converted back to real money, will vary by game and casino but will usually follow a similar pattern to this:

  • Slots – 3 points per £10 wagered
  • Other Games – 1 point per £10 wagered

A decent rate for conversion to cash is £1 per 100 points, which effectively works out at £1 in free money for every £1,000 wagered on a game. Not something to shout off the roof tops, but a nice little regular freebie to help top up your account.

Loyalty points are often linked to VIP schemes too and can determine your VIP level, which itself comes with extra benefits.

Higher level VIP’s tend to be able to convert comp points to cash or bonuses at a better rate, or are able to accrue them faster. Birthday bonuses are a regular occurrence too, as are exclusive offers for those on the right rung of the VIP ladder.

Cash Back Bonuses

Cash BackHere the casinos give you money back based on your losses over a certain period of time, either as bonuses or in real cash.

To qualify you simply need to play at the casino. At the end of a set period (eg: a month) the house will calculate how much you’ve played and how much you’ve won or lost. If you end the period down, a proportion of your losses is refunded from in the form of cash back ranging from 5% up to 25% depending on the casino.

It might end up looking like this for a given month:

Deposited Profit/Loss Remaining Cashback Total bank
£50 -£35 £15 5% £16.75

£1.75 might not seem like a big deal but cumulatively it can add a lot of extra spins over the year, and we are working with a small figure in this example too.

Promotions vary and the deal can sometimes include cash back for losses on all games or just one particular game. If you manage to win and accumulate a profit, you obviously won’t qualify for this cash back bonus.

Extra Winnings

OverpaidThe literal opposite of a cashback bonus. Some casinos will top up your winnings if you have a profitable day, week, or month. These types of promotion are less common but offer a great opportunity to make a big win even bigger.

Normally these types of promotion are limited to specific games and times rather than being available all year round, and you’ll often see special events such as ‘Blackjack Monday’ or ‘Slot Sunday’ with this deal applied.

This is to encourage activity on a certain game or area of the site, but if you play those games anyway then it’s a no brainer.

Refer a Friend Bonus

Refer a FriendDoes exactly what it says on then tin. You will be rewarded with a casino bonus when you successfully refer other players to that casino.

All online casinos have different terms and conditions but you will have to refer your friend – either by them mentioning your name or using a payer referral code when they sign up – then they have to make the minimum deposit displayed in order for you to receive your bonus.

The casino bonus received will allow you to play for free but in order to withdraw, you will have to meet wagering requirements.

This is the 50th time we have mentioned wagering, so you see now why understanding it is so important.

Key Bonus Terms & Rules

  • If you have to insert a casino promo code in order to obtain your bonus, make sure you do so at the point of making your deposit. If you fail to put the code in, you won’t get the bonus.
  • Sometimes you will have to request or opt in to receiving the bonus, so always read the terms and conditions attached.
  • Always, always check the wagering requirements before deciding whether to accept any bonuses. Some of them are just too high to have any hope of completing.
  • The casino will always want you to prove your identity – this is not only standard procedure but the law, so don’t panic. You will have to provide photographic documents such as a driver’s license, your card details, and a recent utility bill to prove you are who you say you are.
  • When you’re offered a casino bonus, you may have a short period of time to claim that bonus. You may sign up and decide not to deposit for a week – that’s all well and good, but check the expiry on your bonus as some only last a day or two.
  • Never take a bonus at face value – again, terms and conditions are there to be read.
  • If you accept a bonus, you will have a specific period of time in which to use it and complete the wagering terms – if you fail to do this in the time frame specified, you will lose your bonus and any winnings accumulated from it.

Are Casino Bonuses Worth It?

Thumb DecisionThe final question you may be wondering is whether or not casino bonuses are worth claiming at all, or are you better off playing without one?

Answering this is going to depend on what you want to get out of your casino session. If you want to extend your playtime or try and cash the bonus out by meeting the WR without losing, then a bonus could suit you down to the ground.

On the other hand, if you want to play table games or like the idea of a quick hit and run after a big win, then playing *au naturel may be more suitable.

*We mean that as a metaphor, don’t play in the nude. Not with the curtains open anyway.

Pros:

  • Playing with a bonus extends your playing time, meaning more chances to hit the bigger wins and better value from your deposit.
  • You can play bigger than you normally would, so with a 100% bonus your 25p slot bets could become 50p without affecting your play time. This amplifies your wins without increasing your risk, assuming you meet the WR and would have played that long anyway.
  • If the bonus is withdrawable, once you’ve met the WR the bonus becomes real money and yours to take away.

Cons:

  • You are normally restricted when it comes to the games you can play with your bonus, so if you want to play an excluded game you’ll need to do so with real funds.
  • All bonuses are subject to wagering requirements (if you see one that isn’t grab it with both hands), meaning you cannot cash out whenever you like. So you can’t just bank the profits after a decent win if you haven’t yet met the WR.
  • The bonus received may have maximum stake limits, meaning you will only be able to bet a certain amount on the games.