When it comes to casino bonuses, every online or mobile casino worth its chips, has got a host of offers to entice gamblers through bonus playing credit. Many online casinos focus on the welcome bonus which reward first time depositors, but there are various other types which we’ll also look at in some depth.

Welcome/Deposit Bonus

The welcome or deposit bonus is the most ubiquitous bonus that you’ll find – casino operators have designed these bonuses to entice new players to register playing accounts – so when searching for a new casino to play you’ll no doubt be confronted with an endless list of options vying for your dollars. What has become almost industry standard today, is to receive a 100% matching bonus on your first ever deposit. This essentially doubles the amount you can play with, allowing for more play time and also an increased opportunity at winning.

What many first time players overlook is that to claim any wins from this bonus money, there is a requirement listed in the terms and conditions. In many cases it stipulates a play-through or wagering rate (WR), which is the number of times you’ll need to wager either the bonus amount or the deposit plus bonus amount, before you can withdraw any winnings gained from the bonus credit. Therefore when shopping around for bonuses be sure to not only check the bonus amount but also the wagering rate – in this way you avoid falling for an attractive bonus amount that has a wagering rate which makes it near impossible or very expensive to cash in on any winnings.

Recharge Bonuses

Some operators like All Slots Casino, offer a recharge bonus which rewards you with a bonus each time you deposit at their online or mobile casino. This bonus rewards frequent players for their patronage. A maximum amount which can be claimed per month is set, so be sure to verify this at your specific casino of choice.

No-Deposit Bonus

By far the most attractive, and subsequently the most popular player bonus, is the no-deposit bonus. It requires no deposit to start playing with the bonus credit and usually has very reasonable wagering requirements, much less prohibitive than the matching welcome bonus. Before you cash in any winnings it’s usually required that you deposit a minimum amount, which is often not more than $20.

Free Play Bonus

The free play bonus is slightly different from the no-deposit bonus as you are usually given a set amount of playing credit, say $1,000 to wager in a specific time period after registering (usually 1 hour). Any amount above the free play amount, in this case $1,000, will be credited to your bonus account. Casino Classic has this welcome offer which gives you $500 free credit to play in 1 hour.

Refer a Friend and Payment Method Bonuses

This works in a similar way to the no-deposit bonus in that the bonus is rewarded to your playing account without you having to deposit any money of your own. With the refer a friend bonus you need only get your friends to register at a specific online operator, use a specific bonus code and voila, you should see your bonus account credited with some playing money.

Payment method bonuses are the simplest bonuses to take advantage of. Simply deposit using one of the casino operator’s preferred methods and you’ll automatically qualify for a bonus.

Non-Cashable Bonuses

All the bonuses listed above are known as cashable bonuses because after meeting the wagering requirements you’re allowed to cash out the bonus. Non-cashable bonuses, is money that the casino will offer you to play with, but you cannot withdraw the bonus at any point. So you may ask what the value of these non-cashable bonuses are. One of the keys strategies experienced slot players use, is to use this bonus to increase their amount of spins when playing big jackpot games, giving them greater chances of striking big wins.

In order to help you take further advantage of the various bonus which exist, later this week we’ll explore bonus clearing strategies.