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Are Casino Bonuses Worth It?

Casino Bonus Advice
Every online casino will offer you a bonus when you sign up, and more often than not the more you play, the more they will throw your way. But over time, due to the amount of bonus abuse and volume of "bonus hunters" looking for a free lunch, the concept of the bonus has changed dramatically and without exception, every bonus comes with strict terms and conditions. Of course you can keep it simple and just play the FSFF free slots with no download and no registration (and no bonus!) but there may come a time when you want to play for real and if you don't already, you really need to know about the bonus traps.

Lets think logically here for a moment...is a casino really going to give a punter free money to win and walk away with without at least working for it? With that in mind, let's look at whether the casino bonus really is an incentive or a hindrance to players.

Should I Take A Bonus?

I think it's sensible to divide a bonus into two here: a signup bonus which is offered when you make your first deposit(s), and a loyalty bonus which reward you for going back to the same casino. There is a difference and I'll deal with each seperately. Before I do, hopefully you have read my advice on finding good, safe online casinos because if you don't know your arse from your elbow, and you take a bonus from a rogue outfit, you can probably kiss goodbye to your money without even spinning a reel.

The Signup Bonus

The signup bonus will arrive when you make your first deposit, or deposits plural depending on which casino you signed up to. More often than not you will be required to "claim" it in the cashier, either using a code provided on the website or by asking support for it. Sometimes it is credited automatically either immediately, or after a short period of time.

The signup bonus will always have terms and conditions attached which should be clearly laid out in the "Promotions" tab of the casino website. There are two points of note here: the games you can play with a bonus will probably be restricted and you will be required to play X amount of games/money before you can make a withdrawal. The latter is called a "wagering requirement" while the resriction in games is to prevent bonus hunters playing near 50/50 bets to "grind" out the bonus. The bottom line is that the casino doesn't want to give people something for nothing anymore because it just gets abused.

As a result, my opinion is that it is too hard to win from a bonus and in trying to grind out the wagering requirement, you are far more likely to lose the bonus and your initial deposit before you can get to a point where you can make a withdrawal. A bonus is great if you want a good long session to check out the games, with an outside chance of winning big, but it's a risky strategy.

The Loyalty Bonus

The loyalty bonus is a different kettle of fish altogether. Depending on the casino you choose, you could find regular incentives thrown your way or just the odd enticement. Because the casino now knows you and sees you as a loyal regular, the wagering requirements and restrictions will be less than with the sign-up bonus in most instances. There will still be restrictions, but less strict and they will probably vary from offer to offer.

Personally, while I rarely take a signup bonus, I will often take a loyalty bonus to pass the time. I tend to look at bonuses as extra entertainment value rather than a chance to win something, although on the odd occasion I wil use a loyalty bonus to bet big and go for a giant win! It doesn't usually happen, but on one occasion I won $50,000 from a $45 bonus LOL. Grinding out the wagering requirement wasn't a problem ;-)

Conclusion

All of the casinos here at Free Slots For Fun will give you a signup bonus. And all of them come with tough restrictions. If your approach is to play to win, then I'd advise you not to take the signup bonus - play with your own money and if you win you will be able to cash out whenever you want, no ties.
,br> If you are playing primarily to familiarise yourself with the casino, have read the terms and conditions of the bonus and see your deposit as expendable, then by all means take the bonus and you never know, you might get lucky. But I wouldn't bank on it.

As for loyalty bonuses, take each as it comes, look at the restrictions and make your mind up on based on that. Some are good, others not so good.