What Should I Look For In A Casino Bonus On Mobile?September 25th, 2013
A casino bonus might look good on the surface but it’s what’s hidden in the terms and conditions that counts. As what you see isn’t always what you get.
Decent Wagering Requirements – the White Whale to your Moby Dick
Now if you’re lucky enough to come across a great casino bonus, whether it’s on free spins, a deposit or no deposit bonus (ie.”free” money), if it doesn’t come with any wagering requirements (WR) then you are on to a winner. Wagering requirements can make or break a casino bonus.
For instance say you get 100% first deposit bonus on a deposit of £/$/€20. That means you will get an extra £/$/€20 in bonus money giving you a playable amount of £/$/€40. But then come in the wagering requirements, usually only found on the bonus money, it sets the amount at which you have to turn over (or bet) this real money at the casino, before you can withdraw any bonus winnings.
If you have 35x WR you would have to bet 20×35 = £700 worth of real money bets before you can take out your winnings
So going back to our example if you have 35x WR you would have to bet 20×35 = £700 worth of bets before you can take out your winnings. Not an impossible amount and not one to resent either. Mobile casinos are not cash dispensers. If they give you a bonus it’s so you can enjoy a longer play at their casino, “on the house”.
Generally speaking 35x on the bonus money is a good industry standard to get an idea of whether the bonus works for you or not. Anything below is good, anything above is probably bad. And this is on the bonus money only. If the wagering is on the bonus and the deposit amount, that wagering should be closer to 15 or 20 times only.
Ultimately it’s up to you to decide what’s important to you. You might decide that you are in for the big wins and only tens of thousands will do. In that case, you want a mobile casino bonus that allows you to play for as long as possible, and can afford to take a higher wagering requirement. Because when if you hit that jackpot, you can afford to play a couple of thousand to clear it. Or you might genuinely want to walk away with a positive balance, in which case a lower wagering is what you are looking for.
Maximum Cashout Limit & Hidden T&Cs
All the above is for nothing if the casino bonus has a withdrawal limit. This means, that even if you win £/$/€100,000 – if the maximum you can withdraw is only £/$/€400, that’s what you are going to get. It makes grown men cry.
We can’t name every cheap trick online and mobile casinos have played in order to make it impossible for you to take your winnings out. Here is a short list of the really predatory terms:
- You can only bet XX amount per bet to clear your wager. Usually this is a small amount, so you can’t clear the wagering quickly if you win big, and you’ll lose more to clear it.
- Play now, get your bonus tomorrow/next week/next month/when you’ve forgotten. Oh and we probably won’t remind you about it, you’ll have to log in and ask for it. Then jump over a virgin at midnight on a full moon.
- Wagering on your winnings on a deposit bonus. Wagering on our winnings on free spins and no deposit bonus is expected. Wagering on your bonus fine. But then, if you win 100 you have to wager that 35x AS WELL?? What if you win big?? Suddenly it’s not just a virgin you have to find, but a unicorn.
What type of casino bonus is right for me?
Casino Bonus Types
- Free Spins & No Deposit Bonuses
- Deposit Bonuses & Reloads
- VIP & Loyalty Programs
- Casino Promotions & Prize Draws
So now you know to look at the T&C’s a little more carefully which ones should you take? If you’re a beginner then Free Spins and No Deposit Bonuses are a great way for you to test out and compare the different casinos and casino games easily without any risk and any commitment. Just sign up free, redeem your bonus and start playing.
For the more seasoned player then deposit, reload bonuses, loyalty programs and other casino promotions such as weekly prize draws are what you’ll be looking for. You get more for your money and you can continue to enjoy the mobile casinos whilst getting a little back for your time spent.
If you are still unsure the kind of player that you are, read our ‘Which Casino Bonus Personality am I?’ article.
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