It’s common practice for an online casino to offer up tempting looking bonuses to try and win your custom, but what should you be looking out for before you sign on the dotted line?

We see several new online casinos appearing each week, and with such fierce competition they’ve had to up their game to get new players to sign up. Many opt for no deposit bonuses which are most tempting to new players as they give you the option to try a casino out for free with no risk to your own money. This is particularly attractive to many casino savvy players as they offer a chance of winning real cash at absolutely no cost to the player.

Sounds amazing right? They can be, but make sure you know everything about the bonus offer before you sign up, as you could get caught out by some tricky terms and conditions. Our handy guide should help you with what to look for.

What is a no deposit bonus?

To attract new players some casinos will offer a no deposit bonus or “free money” to get players to sign up and try out their casino for free. The casino will hope that you’ll enjoy what you see and deposit real cash into your casino account to carry on your patronage with them.

Players will normally need to register an account with the casino and may need to enter credit or debit card details (don’t worry, no money will be taken at this stage). As the name suggests, you won’t need to make a deposit to claim the bonus, usually you’ll need to enter a bonus code or opt into the promotion. The bonus cash would typically be credited to your account straight away, ready to play.

How does it work?

Most casinos will feature their main welcome offers on their homepage, or you can check their promotions page which will feature all of their current offers. Follow the link for the no deposit promotion and you’ll be prompted to register an account. You may be asked for the bonus code if there is one or to tick a box to opt into the offer. Once complete the no deposit bonus should be in your account immediately.

So far, it’s all pretty easy but where it can start to get complicated is when you try to unravel the complex terms and conditions of a bonus. A good casino will set these out in a simple and straightforward manner and they’ll be easy to find on the promotions page. Others can be harder to find, but they will be there so make sure you check them before you sign up.

Wagering requirements

One such condition is meeting the wagering requirements. Sometimes described as the play through requirement, the wagering conditions will be set out in the bonus terms. They can vary significantly from casino to casino but for instance one such offer may state wagering requirements of 50x the bonus amount. This means you need to wager the total value of the bonus 50 times over before you can cash out any winnings. Try and cash out early and you may risk losing your winnings so beware!

Other things to look out for

You may find that not all games will count towards the wagering requirements. Once again you’ll find this information in the terms and conditions. It may state that the bonus only counts towards certain slots or casino games. You won’t be able to use the bonus cash on any jackpot games either.

Usually you’ll have a certain length of time to meet the wagering requirements. A typical amount of time might be 7 days but in some cases it can be as short as an hour! So make sure you sign up at a time when you are able to play. For these reasons we recommend thoroughly reading the terms and conditions of any offer to avoid any disappointment.

Have fun!

No Deposit bonuses are great and if you take the time to understand what requirements you need to meet, they can sometimes end up being very lucrative! Worse case you’ve had some fun and got to know what that casino is all about. Enjoy!

Free Spins No Deposit

Free spins are a fantastic way to try out a new casino or test out a new game. In most cases free spins will be linked to a specific game or selection of games unlike deposit bonuses that can be used on most games at an online casino. This is important to know as you can often search for free spins on a game you’d really like to try rather than opting for a slot that doesn’t interest you. Check the terms and conditions which will tell you which games you can use your spins on. Winnings from free spins will normally be subject to meeting certain wagering requirements (more on that later).

What are no deposit free spins?

No deposit free spins are pretty much what they sound like, free spins that are awarded without the need to make a deposit. Savvy players will be on the look-out for great no deposit offers as they can, in some cases end up being pretty fruitful indeed!

How do they work?

Once you find your deal, check the terms for the wagering requirements, if you’re happy, go ahead and register your account. You may need to add some credit or debit card details, but don’t worry the casino won’t take any money. You may need to enter a bonus code or tick a box to opt into the promotion. Your free spins will usually be waiting for you when you open up the relevant game.

What to look out for

In most cases no deposit free spins will come with wagering requirements. These must be met before you attempt to cash out or you may risk losing your winnings. For instance if the wagering requirements are 40x, you’ll need to roll any winnings over 40 times before you can withdraw. There are a few casinos that offer no deposit free spins that are free from any wagering requirements. Check out Thrills and Guts who have some great wager free welcome offers at the moment.

Make sure you check which games you can play with your free spins, often they’ll be limited to one game or several games from the same provider. Most offers will expire after a certain amount of time so make sure you’ve met the requirements before the term ends, otherwise you’ll lose what you’ve won. Wagering terms can be found in the bonus terms and conditions. We highly recommend checking them thoroughly before you sign up to a deal or casino. Don’t get caught out by unreasonable wagering requirements. There are plenty of great deals out there if you know where to look!

What a welcome!

Free spins are one of the most popular casino bonuses. Players really feel as though they’re getting something for nothing.  Whether you opt for no deposit free spins or free spins on deposit they can add to your whole casino experience, and you never know they may end up paying off!