Casino Bonuses

Visit any casino and the first thing that will catch your eye is their deposit bonus. It might be a match bonus, free cash or exclusive to mobile users. Whatever it is, the offer will be in your face, screaming, Get Free Cash. Join Us Now!

There are several types of bonus offers, and each is unique in terms of how much money you can get, and what you have to do before you can cash out — if you can cash out.

We know these things can be confusing. That’s why we made this page – to explain all the different bonuses you’ll come across, and all the ‘catches’ that accompany them.

Types of Casino Bonuses

Here are the different types of casino bonuses, and examples when necessary.

Match Bonuses – The casino offers to match your deposit. For example, when a casino offers a 100% match up to $xxx, they are saying that they will give you $1 for every $1 you deposit. Matches vary – some casinos offer multiple offers, each with a different match (Loco Panda offers a 400% match for slots, and a 150% match for table games).

Play Bonuses – These bonuses are for playing only – you can’t cash them out. These offers tend to be smaller than match bonuses, but so are the play through requirements. You will receive the money instantly, too.

Reload Bonuses – These are match bonuses (explained above). They key difference is that they’re available to existing customers. The exact size and match vary.

No Deposit Bonuses – These offers tend to be between $10 and $300, and don’t require you to make a deposit to receive them. However, since there’s no deposit needed, the wager requirements are higher. The amount you can cash out is often limited, too.

Welcome Bonuses – These are for new players (first time depositors) only. Welcome offers can be match, play or no deposit, or a combination.

High Roller Bonuses – These offers are marketed to players with larger bankrolls. These bonuses will often exceed $10,000, and can even be as high as $25,000.

Refer a Friend Bonuses – These are small bonuses paid to players that refer their friends and family. You can earn between $10 and $100 per referral. Be sure to read the terms and conditions – sometimes the referral only needs to create an account, while other times they need to create an account, deposit and place bets. There may or may not be a limit as to how many people you can refer.

Cash Back Bonuses – These are usually apart of the casino’s VIP program. You will receive cash back (or points that are used to calculate cash back) relative to the amount you spend at the casino.

Free Cash – These are around $10 or $25, and are free for signing up. They’re a great way to check out the software and games before making a commitment. Usually there will be a wager requirement, and often these bonuses are for play only – you can’t withdraw them, or the money you win using them.

Deposit Method Bonuses – These are bonuses for using a specific deposit method. For example, if you use Skrill, you might receive an additional 15% match on your deposit.

Game Specific Bonuses – These are common promotions. Casinos will offer different promotions to players that like specific games. For example, one offer might be a 400% match up to $4,000 for slots players only, while their 100% match up to $1,000 bonus will be for table games.

Mobile Bonuses – These are exclusive to mobile users. They’re usually smaller than the web bonus offer.

One thing to remember about bonuses – don’t always fall for the largest amount. Sometimes a bigger match is best. Your money will go farther.

Remember – There’s Always a Catch

The last thing I want to point out is, there’s always a catch. The casino isn’t giving you money because you’re their friend. They’re giving you the bonus to encourage you to deposit, redeposit or in hopes that you’ll fund your account later on.

So there are things you should know.

1. Understand the terms and conditions. Most importantly, the play through requirements. Every casino will ask that you wager a multiple of your deposit or deposit plus bonus, before you can request a cash out. Try to cash out too soon – or play the wrong game – and you can have your bonus and winnings confiscated.

2. Not interested in the bonus? Ask the casino to opt out. Often times you’ll automatically be opted in for a bonus once you make a deposit. However, if you’re not planning to clear the bonus, you risk losing any money you’ve won by trying to cash out. So, what you can do is contact the casino and ask that you be opted out of the bonus.

3. Multiple offers? Choose wisely. Many casinos offer more than one bonus. Unless otherwise specified, you can only get one. So be sure to choose wisely.

If you are able to opt in to multiple offers, you’ll usually have to clear them in the order that you accepted them.

4. Clear your history / cookies before clicking links. If you’re shopping around for the best bonus, it’s in your best interest to clear your history / cookies before clicking on the one you’ll use to sign up. That’s because each link can have a different offer attached to it. You don’t want to sign up to a casino thinking that you’re going to get $2,000, but find out that you’re only getting $500. So be sure to clear your cookies before clicking any links, and follow any other instructions you might find.