Casino Bonuses and Promotions

As brilliant and dazzling as casino games are, bonuses are another aspect that online casinos have excelled in, at least in comparison to land based casinos. Even within the online casino industry, each operator faces tough competition when it comes to offering the best bonuses online.

Normally, when you enter a land based casino, you are welcomed by lovely ladies, great food and drinks. Online Casinos aren’t quite getting anywhere in this area, however they do welcome you with great bonus packages from the very start. So to make you feel welcome and to reward you for playing, online casinos offer their players various bonuses and rewards, some in the form of cash and some in credits.


Deposit Bonus

  • Welcome Bonus/Sign Up Bonus
  • Re-load Bonus
  • Preferred payment method bonus

No deposit Bonus

  • No deposit Cash Bonus
  • Free Spins
  • Refer a friend Bonus

Wagering Requirements

Blackjack Australia understands that this might be a new concept for both beginners and land casino players; therefore, we have dedicated several pages to explaining how online casino bonuses work. This page in particular illustrates the variety of bonuses and promotions in online casinos and gives a brief introduction on each of them.

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Sign up Bonus

Sign Up bonus, also known as Welcome bonus is the most basic and profitable bonus offered by online casinos. This bonus has replaced all the food and drinks offered in a land based casino with a percentage based bonus amount that players will receive on their first deposit.

Commonly, online casinos reward 100% of the player’s first deposit amount and this concept is also known as Match Bonus as the casino matches the exact amount of the deposit. After registration and the first deposit, the casino gives the player an option to receive this bonus. Online Casinos state a maximum bonus amount, so if a casino states – %100 welcome bonus up to $250, it means the casino’s bonus amount limits to $250, regardless of the excess amount you might have first deposited. If a player deposits $50, the casino will deposit another $50 dollars as a bonus to the player’s bonus account.

The reason we have stressed on the term ‘bonus account’ above is due to the fact that this is a separate account that a player holds in the casino. The amount that a player deposits is credited to the player’s ‘cash account’ and all bonus amounts received is credited to the ‘bonus account’. The player has to fulfill what is called a ‘wagering requirement/turnover requirement/playthrough requirement (the same thing)’ in order to transfer funds from the bonus account to cash account. This applies to all bonuses (unless special terms and conditions are applied by the casino). The concept of wagering requirements is explained further down in this article.

Re-load bonus

This bonus follows the same concept as the welcome bonus, the difference being that this applies to deposits after the first deposit. So, when the player re-loads his cash account with further deposits, they are entitled to additional bonuses. Although uncommon with most reputed casinos, it is not necessary that the re-load bonus amount has to match the deposit amount. It can easily be the case that the first deposit yields a 100% bonus and the second deposit attracts only 70% while the third only 50%. This bonus scheme applies to only certain number of additional bonus, which depends on the casino.

After receiving the re-load bonus, the same conditions apply to this bonus as with the sign-up bonus. All bonus amounts are funded initially to the bonus account and not the cash account. The bonus is not withdraw able and only treated as cash after fulfilling the wagering requirement.

Preferred payment method bonus

As online casinos grow more and more popular, most of them offer banking methods to cater players from every part of the world. Players can find numerous deposit and withdraw methods from which they can select, depending on their country’s banking regulations and availability. However, in order to encourage their players to use a certain method over others, they can offer additional payment method bonuses.

The particular payment method set by the casino can be viewed either in the casino’s promotion page or their banking page. Normally, this bonus is expressed in terms of percentage where the casino rewards a certain percentage of the deposit made through that specified deposit option as a bonus.

Please visit our ‘Deposit Bonus’ page to understand these bonuses in detail along with their terms and condition.

No deposit cash bonus

Unlike welcome bonus, no deposit bonuses are offered to players after registering with an online casino. As the name suggests, these bonuses are offered without the requirement of any deposit. Normally, the bonus amount for no-deposit bonuses is stated as a specific amount, generally between $10 and $15. Since these bonuses are given for free without any deposits, the requirements to convert these into cash are a bit stringier.

Free Spins Bonus

Free Spins are very unique in terms of the bonus amount players can reward themselves. Normally, this bonus is awarded immediately after registration and is set to a certain number of free spins on a specific game. Players are allocated a certain amount of time within which they have to make use of this bonus. Another way casinos express this bonus is that they limit the maximum payout offered in these free spins. Regardless of how much the player wins, they allocate a maximum bonus payout to a certain amount. Players are still required to fulfill the terms and conditions before converting it into cash. The wagering requirements are applied to the amount you win in those free spins.

For example, EmuCasino currently offers 10 free spins on Rook’s Revenge after registration. So after registration, players can go to Rooks Revenge and play 10 free spins and the max-payout is $10.

Refer a friend bonus

Refer a friend bonus is another common bonus offered by online casinos. To make use of this bonus, you have to be registered in the casino as a player and you can claim the quoted bonus amount by successfully inviting your friend to join the casino.

Find out in detail about all the above mentioned no-deposit bonuses in our ‘No deposit bonus’ page.

Wagering Requirements

There are a numerous terms and conditions that apply to all the bonuses we have introduced above. Amongst those terms and conditions, the most common and important one to understand are Wagering Requirements.

This stipulation requires you to turnover your bonus amount certain number of times by wagering the bonus amount in casino games. For instance, you deposit $50 and receive another $50 as a bonus; if the wagering requirement is 30 times, it means your accumulated bet amount needs to be 30X$50 = $1500 before you can convert that money into cash.