Computers and smartphones allow gamblers to play online casino games wherever and whenever they like. With a widely diverse audience growing at a pace, gambling sites are going to lengths to make the online experience as authentic and rewarding as possible. This includes a range of casino bonuses to attract new players and reward loyal users – let’s take a look.
There are many different types of promotions offered to online players and although we’ve covered most of the bonuses you’re likely to come across online, these are by no means the sum total. It’s up to each site to decide which casino bonuses they would like to offer their customers, along with the various conditions attached to these incentives and promotions.
Most of us will be familiar with supermarket samples. These are the tidbits handed out by a smiling person at a little kiosk in the shop aisle – a new cheese on a toothpick, a bit of bread or chocolate if you’re lucky. What’s really happening is, you’re being encouraged to try a new product you might not have been aware of, or had thought to try, without first being given a mouthwatering sample to whet your appetite.
Bonus spins (also called free spins or welcome and extra spins) are the equivalent of your supermarket sample. They exist to give potential players or those who are a bit unsure about how to get started, a taste of what an online casino has to offer. Free spins can also be used as a reward that is earned while playing a game.
At Grosvenor Casinos we offer bonus spins on many of our games like Mighty Griffin, for instance. This is a 6-reel slot with a mythical ancient Greece theme. When players achieve three or more Golden Griffin symbols, they trigger a Golden Streak and earn free spins. Then after each Golden Streak, you can choose to play your free spins for the possibility of winning even more streaks and more spins.
If you still need a bit of encouragement to take a spin for the first time, or you enjoy the challenge of spinning for the chance to get even more out of a game, the bonus spin is for you. We would recommend that you check the conditions of free spins before you play. Some free spins require that you play several times before withdrawing the money.
No Deposit Bonus
Many online casinos offer a no deposit bonus when you register on a casino website. This allows a new player to get started straight away without first having to deposit money. A no deposit casino bonus lets you play for free by offering free credit on the site, but you may not withdraw this money – it must be used on that particular site only. There may also be a couple of other requirements you’d need to stick to, like playing the bonus within so many hours, usually a day at most, so read the terms before you start playing.
This type of bonus is a great way to get access to free content and begin to get familiar with a site’s offering – and you still have the chance of winning real money when playing with this type of bonus.
As the name implies, this is a promotion aimed at players who have registered for the first time on a gambling site. Unlike an online casino free bonus or no deposit promotion, you will have to deposit your own funds before you can play with a welcome bonus. Typically, the reward is an additional 50% or 100% of the first deposit into your site account with a stipulated maximum bonus amount.
Remember to find out the wagering requirements attached to the welcome bonus offer, as well as the maximum cash-out amount. Also, check to see which games you can play on this type of promotion. For instance, it may be valid for slots only or for use on table games, while others allow you to play across the full games offering.
So what exactly is a bonus wagering requirement? This is the number of times (usually between 20 and 30) that you must play before making a withdrawal from your online account. You will also need to find out if you must wager the bonus or the bonus plus the deposit. For instance, when you deposit £100 and are rewarded with a 100% bonus, you will be able to play with £200. Now, if the casino’s wagering requirements are 20 times the bonus, this means you must wager £4,000 on a stipulated game or the games of your choice before you can withdraw funds from your online account.
Monthly Deposit Bonus
Similar to a loyalty program, users who enjoy playing on a regular basis are sometimes rewarded with a bonus for steadily topping up their online casino account – once a month or throughout the month. Certain sites may also offer a VIP bonus in the form of access to exclusive content that other players are not able to access. Keep in mind that this is not a common bonus type so best not to expect the monthly deposit bonus as a given.
Yet another popular reward is the referral bonus. This is offered by certain sites when you refer a friend to a particular site. Of course, the person you’ve referred (and you’ll need to provide proof) must first sign-up and make a deposit before you receive your reward.
Again, this is not a common bonus type but is offered from time to time, usually in the form of a one-off promotion. An online casino may offer to match the amount a player deposits into his or her account. Of course, a limit applies, either as a pound or percentage amount.
Bonus for alternative payment methods
A casino may use a bonus to encourage players to use alternative payment methods when depositing money into their online account. These forms of payment typically include e-wallets like Skrill or PayPal. Ask about alternative payment methods – it just might be worth switching to an e-wallet.
Choose your casino bonus and get started
At Grosvenor Casinos, you can play a wide range of online casino games from poker, blackjack and roulette, to slots, live games and sports betting. Playing live at Grosvenor Casinos is a truly unique experience. Our first-class offering gives players the chance to take part in their favourite live casino games with no download required to play – just an authentic experience every time. Once you’ve signed up, there are plenty of promotions to take advantage of. So why wait? Join us today!