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How do I unlock a casino bonus?

A large proportion of online casinos offer bonuses. Sometimes a bonus consists of relatively small amounts, like 10 or 20 euros, but there also are casinos that offer bonuses of hundreds or even thousands of euros. Such bonuses are very appealing of course, but you do have to keep in mind that these bonuses will not be paid out just like that. That makes sense of course, because if you could immediately withdraw huge bonuses, casinos would start to go bankrupt. So, you do have to work for it. You have to unlock the casino bonus, and the requirements to do so vary per casino. At most casinos, you can find these so-called wagering requirements either in the terms and conditions or someplace else on their website. If that isn’t the case, you have the right to request this important information at customer support.

Wagering requirements at online casinos

Bonus requirements are also called wagering requirements, or ‘the total amount wagered’. It all basically means the same. The wagering requirements might stipulate that a bonus amount must be wagered, for example, 15 or 30 times before the bonus can be paid out. For a 100-euro bonus, a 30 times wagering requirement means that you first need to have wagered a total of (100 x 30) 3.000 euros on games at the casino before you can let the bonus get paid out. Usually, you can find how far along you have already gotten with the wagering requirements somewhere in your account information. However, this isn’t the case for every casino. At some casinos, that is, all you can do is test out whether you have met the requirements already.

First, always meet the wagering requirements

You always have to meet the wagering requirements before you can request a withdrawal, unless it says the bonus is exempt from any wagering requirements. In practice, that is almost never the case for cash credit bonuses, but it does happen when it comes to free spins. If a bonus includes or involves free spins, you can of course win money with these free spins. Most of the time, however, you cannot win large amounts of money as bonus free spins are usually only played with the lowest possible bet. The up-side, however, as said before, is that you sometimes do not have to meet any wagering requirements before you can request a pay-out. Only on exceptionally rare occasions do cash credit bonuses not come with requirements, so generally you will always first have to meet the wagering requirements before you can get the potentially remaining money paid out.

The right games for unlocking a bonus

At most casinos, not all games contribute to meeting the wagering requirements. So, if you want to unlock a bonus, it’s important to check whether there are certain limitations. For example, it often is the case that table games hardly contribute to unlocking a bonus, or not at all. If you have to wager a total of 3.000 euros for example, it might happen that you use up all your money on a table game and still need to bet that 3.000 euros. When that’s the case, clearly, the table game doesn’t contribute to unlocking a bonus at all. So, make sure to thoroughly check the bonus conditions.

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