Welcome and Deposit Bonuses

These are part and parcel of casinos and are available when you sign up. They often come in the form of first deposit match bonuses but can also be free spins, a no deposit bonus or even a mix of the above.

To keep players playing, some casinos will spread their welcome bonuses out over multiple deposits that can take up to a year to claim. We advise that you only get involved with these bonuses if you’re in it for the long haul.

For those not quite so committed, single deposit bonuses are ideal. Their amount can range from £5 upwards. However, it’s worth remembering that when it comes to deposit bonuses, bigger isn’t always better. 32Red, for example, offer quite low bonuses but they remain popular because of reasonable terms & conditions.

The key to identifying a good welcome bonus is the wagering requirements and what games count towards these requirements. Low wagering requirements are ideal and you can expect around 20x on a fair welcome bonus.

Things to consider:

  • Welcome bonuses are the shop window of a casino. As a result they’re often better than most other bonuses so take advantage of them as much as possible.
  • Selecting a large bonus spread over many deposits means that you will have to play at the casino for a long period of time to reap all the benefits.
  • If you like playing slots, a welcome bonus involving free spins could be worthwhile.

Example of a good welcome bonus:

  • 150% deposit bonus worth up to £150.
  • Minimum deposit = £35.
  • Wagering requirements = 20x deposit and bonus.
  • Games that count towards wagering requirements = All.

Deposit Bonuses

The name of deposit bonuses gives the game away really. They consist of extra cash that you receive when making a deposit. The listed bonus amount is a percentage but the actual cash you receive depends on how much you deposit. For example:

50% Deposit Bonus

Deposit £80 and you’ll receive a £40 bonus (50% of £80) leaving you with £120 to use in the casino.

As they’re more regular, deposit bonuses tend to be smaller than welcome bonuses. Some casinos choose to offer weekly deposit bonuses while others might offer them every month. They can even be tailored to specific games with slots bonuses being fairly common.

Low wagering requirements are what you want here. Most range from 20x to 30x and some bonuses even go as low as 10x. The details of wagering or playthrough requirements are included in the bonus terms and conditions which you should always consult before claiming.

Things to consider:

  • Wagering requirements as these determine when you can withdraw your money.
  • The list of games that count towards wagering requirements.
  • Wagering requirements = 15x deposit and bonus.
  • Deposit limits. It’s no use choosing a big bonus that requires a deposit of £500 if you only want to put in £100.

Example of a regular deposit bonus:

  • 50% deposit bonus worth up to £20.
  • Minimum deposit = £20.
  • Wagering requirements = 15x deposit and bonus.
  • Games that count towards wagering requirements = All slots and jackpot slots.