5 Times You Should Avoid an Online Casino Bonus
Online casinos bonuses are the #1 way that real money online casinos attract new players. These bonuses give you an incentive to make a deposit, and casinos hope you will continue playing or make future deposits once that bonus runs out.
Not all online casino bonuses are equal, and some should be avoided outright. Today, we will give you five instances where you should avoid online casino bonuses. We aren’t saying to avoid playing at the casino, but rather you should skip depositing with a bonus.
Bonuses that Limit You to a Single Game
On occasion, you will see online casino bonuses that require that you play a single game in order to meet the playthrough requirement. We aren’t talking about free spins bonuses, but the deposit bonus. For example, if a casino offered a 100% match bonus but required that you play the bonus only on Pandas Go Wild, don’t sign up for that bonus.
The reason? Generally, a casino will pick games that are high variance, have low RTPs or that contribute a lower amount to the wagering requirement. For example, some games will only allow certain titles to contribute 50% to the wagering requirement. They may then offer a bonus for those games, requiring that you wager twice the normal amount to clear your bonus.
Caps on Winnings
One thing that we don’t like to see is online casinos that put caps on the amount of money you can win with a bonus. For example, a casino may give a 100% match for online slots, but cap your winnings at $500. That means that no matter how much you win on that bonus, the most you can cash out is $500.
The only exception to his is if you get a no deposit bonus with a cap on winnings. While not ideal, you really can’t complain about a free $500. We all should be so lucky to get a free $500.
Casinos Bonuses With a Playthrough Over 40X
One of our biggest pet peeves regarding online casino bonuses is excessive playthroughs. The average rollover for an online casino is from 25x to 40x. Anything more than 40x makes a bonus prohibitive to all but high-volume players.
Pay attention to the terms of a bonus. A casino that requires a playthrough of both the bonus and deposit is effectively doubling the rollover. A rollover of 25x the deposit and bonus is a 50x rollover. You’ll be better off to play a casino with a 40x rollover of just the bonus
High Playthrough for Free Spins
The average playthrough for free spins is from 5x to 25x, with 25x being on the high end. There are a couple of reasons the playthrough on free spins is lower. First, free spins are a fixed amount. Next, they are at a fixed limit. You don’t get 20 free spins at max credits. Generally, they are at lower stakes.
If a casino is offering free spins but the playthrough is 30x or higher, you should avoid the free spins. High playthroughs make it almost impossible to clear the bonus unless you get very lucky. A high playthrough guarantees your luck won’t hold out. The exception to this rule is no deposit bonuses. If you’re getting free spins without a deposit, the playthrough almost doesn’t matter. At that point, you will get some entertainment value out of the spins if nothing else.
Short Redemption Periods
One of the most annoying things we see with some online casino bonus offers is those that force you to play through your bonus in a week’s time or less. For example, you deposit on Monday but only have 72 hours to clear your deposit. This effectively handcuffs you to playing at the casino to try and clear the bonus, even if you don’t want to play right away.
The best bonuses give you at least two to four weeks to clear a bonus. We prefer those that let you take 30 days to clear a bonus. Pay attention to the terms of any free spins as some sites require that you play through your free spins within 24 to 72 hours. We don’t mind this as much as most sites only offer around 25 free spins for a bonus. However, if the deposit bonus only has a 72-hour turnaround, you should avoid it.