A good roulette bonus is like finding a needle in a very large haystack.
As roulette has always been up there with slots and blackjack in its popularity, you’d be forgiven for thinking the opposite.
It’s important to note that if you’re purely into having fun playing roulette and not into making money from bonuses this article may not be that relevant to you.
You are only going to find roulette only bonuses with high wagering requirements and/or very low wagering contributions. The simple reason is that roulette offers certain types of bets called outside bets that allow players to reduce the risk of losing while still fulfilling the wagering requirements of a bonus. These bets are even/odd, red/black, low (1-18)/high(19-36) and only pay out 1:1 as opposed to a ‘proper’ number bets (called straight-up bets) that pay out 35:1. Therefore it’s in the casino’s interest to make you wager a lot so that inevitable house edge has time to creep in.
Understandably, certain types of players used to abuse these loopholes and walk away having completed the wagering requirements and retain some or all of the free bonus money. Simples!
Sadly, those days are gone. But you can still find bonuses that allow you to play roulette, but more often than not they have some or all of the following limitations:
You’ll often find that on a welcome bonus that does allow you to play European/French roulette that only 10% contributes to wagering. So for every £1.00 you bet only £0.10 of the £1.00 bet will be taken off your wagering requirement. You can find out more about bonus contributions here.
It’s not all bad news. If you really are a roulette head and don’t mind playing American roulette, some casinos such as 32Red (at the time or writing) offer a welcome bonus that allows you play with a reasonable 50% of your bet contributing to wagering requirements of 30x the bonus, or 60x if you consider the 50% contribution.