Many online casinos offer a welcomebonus to new players when they make their first deposit. These bonuses are usually a certain percentage of the player's stake, up to a certain maximum limit.
Almost all internet casinos have a wagering requirement that must be completed before you can request a withdrawal of your bonus winnings.
There are two versions of bonuses, sticky bonus and non-sticky bonus.
With a sticky bonus, your deposit and bonus will be locked and with a non-sticky bonus you will be able to cancel your bonus to withdraw winnings from your deposit.
This is how a sticky bonus works:
Let's say that the Internet Casino offers a bonus of 100% up to €50 with a wagering requirement of 25 times deposit + bonus.
If you make a deposit of €10 you must place bets of €10 deposit + €10 bonusmoney x 25 to meet the wagering requirement.
This is how a non-sticky bonus works:
Let's say the Internet Casino offers a 100% bonus up to €50 with a wagering requirement of 25 times the bonus amount.
If you make a deposit of €10, you must first place bets with your deposit before your bonus activated. If you did not get lucky with your deposit you will now have your bonus as a second chance.
Some games may be excluded from contributing to the wagering requirement, these are usually baccarat, craps, roulette and sic bo. Games that are not excluded from bonus games can still be limited, so it can vary from game to game how much of the bet will actually contribute toward the wagering requirement.
Rizk writes the following in their bonusterms regarding wagering in their games:
Please note that different games contribute a lot in percentages to the wagering requirement:
All Casino Slots: 100%
All Table Games and Live Casino Games: 10%
All Video Poker Games: 0%
When playing with a bonus, you are not allowed to play Deal or No Deal Live or the games in the “Dark Side” category.*
As part of the welcome offer, casinos usually include free spins. There are a number of spins that you do not have to pay for, often these are in selected slot games but you can also have the opportunity to choose between a number of different slot games to activate your free spins in.
The winnings from your free spins are then also covered by a wagering requirement that must be achieved before your winnings can be claimed in cash.
Note that the rules and conditions regarding bonuses vary between different casinos *