Online casinos provide many different ways for you to have more fun with your favourite slot games so let’s have a look at the most common promotions they offer!
Whether you’re a casual reel spinner or a seasoned slot veteran, one thing’s for sure: We all get our kicks from finding a slot game or two – maybe even more – that suits our tastes and spinning their reels until we’ve had our fill one way or another. That limit is usually determined by how much we’re willing to sink into one slot session and for most of us, well… There’s a reason we dream about hitting that big fat jackpot, am I right?
But that limit doesn’t have to be exactly the amount we decide to slide across the digital counter when we’re gearing up for a round of slot action; every online casino out there – yes, even or rather especially the one you frequent – has ways of giving you more bang for your buck and you might actually already know about at least one of them!
If you don’t, fear not because we’re here to tell you about the online casino promotions that allow you to enjoy your favourite slot games for just that little bit longer (and in one case, completely for free)!
Did we mention a free way to get some reel-y good fun? Well, free spins definitely count; it’s in the name after all! Of course, these are not, as they say, ‘free’ free since you still have to part with some of your money to get them… so why are they referred to that way? Well, let’s use an everyday situation to explain.
When you go shopping at a supermarket or any other kind of store, you’re bound to see items with stickers proclaiming “Buy Two, Get One Free!” plastered on them or even an additional item attached. Now, these are undoubtedly free gifts since you don’t pay for them directly but in order to get them, you’ll still have to spend some money to buy the main item or items first.
The same goes for free spins; you don’t technically buy the spins – that would just be like playing a slot game normally – but instead you get them through promotions that still involve you handing your money over to your online casino of choice. This usually means depositing a certain minimum amount predetermined by the casino; once you’ve done that, the free spins are yours! (This is why free spins are sometimes called ‘deposit free spins’ or simply just ‘deposit spins’.)
Diving into this a little more, you should know that there’s actually more than one way you can be credited any free spins you receive depending on the promotion:
(A good example of the second one is Spinfinity by Eddy, a signature offering from our sponsor EmuCasino which we covered in one of our blog posts.)
“But what about actual zero-money-involved free spins?” you might be asking. “Do those even exist?”
Actually, they do and they’re called no deposit free spins! As the name implies, these don’t require you to deposit even a single cent in order to get them.
“Great!” you say next. “Now how do I get my hands on them?”
Well, there are actually quite a few ways you can get them such as lucky draws and quiz prizes depending on the online casino in question and what kind of promotion they’re running. However, the most common way no deposit free spins are handed out are voucher codes. Just like the gift vouchers you can get in real life, these can only be used at the specified online casino and tend to be a one-off redemption.
The process of claiming a voucher code is pretty simple and almost standard across all online casinos: Simply log in, go to the ‘Bonuses’ section of your account and key in the code in the appropriate section. Once you’ve done that, the no deposit free spins will be credited to you and you’ll be ready to spin the day away!
(We actually have our very own voucher code to give out which can be used at EmuCasino so check that out if you haven’t already done so!)
If you thought a promotion involving slot games has to have some kind of spin involved, you’ll be pleased to find out you’re actually wrong. In case you’ve never heard of match deposit bonuses before, we have a simple explanation for you. These bonuses involve your online casino ‘matching’ the amount of money you’re depositing according to a certain specified percentage.
For example, if your online casino is offering a 100% match deposit bonus and you deposit $100, they will give you an additional $100 in bonus cash so your total bankroll ends up being $200. However, these bonuses always have a limit to how much they’ll grant you which is usually written as “up to (insert amount”. Building off the earlier example, if there’s a 100% match deposit bonus up to $50 and you deposit $100, you’ll only get an additional $50 in bonus cash instead of $100.
Most of the time, these match deposit bonuses don’t have any restrictions on the type of game you can use the bonus cash on so you can just as easily spend it on Blackjack or roulette. However, some match deposit bonus promotions specify that they can only be used on slot games which is just fine for us slot lovers!
Ever finished a slot game session without any wins and felt utterly bummed out? Don’t worry, you’re not the only one; we’ve all had our unlucky streaks before and as much as we don’t like it, the reality is there’s bound to be more of those in the future.
But a second chance at scoring that big win you’ve been dreaming about doesn’t have to be limited to you making another deposit on another day so you can try again; some online casinos offer a special promotion called a cashback that’s all about giving you an honest-to-goodness do-over!
Chances are the name itself has clued you in as to how it works but if you’re not sure, allow us to explain. Cashbacks involve the online casino giving you back a portion of the money you’ve bet that didn’t result in any wins as a kind of goodwill gesture. The amount you get and when you get it depends on the details specified by the online casino and most of the time they’re connected to playing slot games.
For example, if you’ve used up $100 on slot games over the course of a week without getting any wins and your online casino has a 50% weekly cashback promotion, you’ll get $50 in bonus cash sometime at the start of the next week so you can have another go at your favourite slots.
If there’s a promotion that embodies the saying “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again”, the cashback would be it!
Like any other kind of deal out there, online casino promotions have terms and conditions attached to them and it’s important to pay attention to them. Here’s a quick rundown of the standard ones you’ll find in these slot-based promotions:
This is of course how much you need to deposit at minimum in order to get your free spins. Most of the time, the stated amount needs to be deposited in one go and can’t be ‘split’ across multiple deposits. For example, if a $20 minimum deposit is required, you have to make a deposit of at least $20; two deposits of $10 each won’t cut it.
Most slot-related promotions will specify which particular slot games they can be used on which means you can’t just simply pick any title in your online casino’s library. Always check this detail first before you start playing or you’ll find yourself wondering why those free spins aren’t popping up!
Unlike normal play where you can go as high or low as you want with your bets, any spins you make with an active bonus whether it’s a free spin or bonus cash from a match deposit bonus has a ceiling. This limit is applied to your total bet for one spin and not your bet amount per payline. If you go over the specified bet amount, you risk your bonus and winnings being revoked. Some online casinos might even go so far as to ban you and confiscate your balance.
Sometimes called ‘bonus rollover’ or ‘playthrough requirements’, wagering requirements refer to the number of times you need to match the bonus’ value before your bonus money is converted into real money that you can withdraw. This is why you’ll always see its value expressed as a multiplier like 30x. Still confused? We’ll break down the math for you.
For free spins, the equation involves how much you win from the free spins. If the wagering requirements are 10x and you won $5 from all the free spins you got from that one promotion, you’ll need to bet a total of $50 before you can withdraw your winnings.
This works slightly differently for match deposit bonuses and in some cases the amount you deposited as part of the promotion is also factored in. As such, there are wagering requirements which only take into account the amount of bonus cash you got from the promotion in question and wagering requirements which are based on your deposited amount and the bonus cash in total.
To put it into perspective, let’s say you deposit $50, receive $50 in bonus cash from a match deposit bonus and the wagering requirement is 10x. If the wagering requirement is only based on the bonus cash, you’ll need to bet $500 ($50 x 10) in total. However, if it includes the deposit amount, you’ll need to bet $1000 (($50 + $50 = $100) x 10) in total instead.
Last but not least, online casinos usually specify what games you can use to fulfil your wagering requirements. Luckily for us, they tend to allow you to do this with any slot game in their library so you’ll be able to have fun while you get this out of the way!
You’ve fulfilled your wagering requirements and now you want to withdraw your winnings. But wait, what’s this? There’s a limit to how much of it you can actually take out. This is what’s called the maximum cash out amount or ‘maximum winnings’ and it’s exactly what it says on the digital tin; there’s an upper limit to how much of the money you’ve won while using a bonus that you can actually withdraw.
In some cases, a promotion will have a pre-set maximum cash out amount written in dollars and cents which is easy enough to see. Other times, you’ll be presented with an equation such as “bonus awarded amount x wagering requirement” so you’ll have to pull out the calculator for those.
There are tons of online casino promotions that let you play your favourite slot games out there; all you have to do is make sure you’re getting the most you can out of them so compare and contrast any and all of them to find the best deals!
By the way, online casinos aren’t your only source of promotions; there are also slot provider promotions that will essentially reward you for having some slot fun!