Casino bonuses are one of the many exciting elements that make up online casino. While playing the large variety of casino games is, in itself, hugely rewarding and exciting, the addition of bonuses just makes it even more so. One of the
great things about these casino bonuses is that there is a wide range of different bonus types to be found. From the hugely popular welcome bonus, which comes in many forms, right through to cashback options available at only some casinos -
you'll find something that suits you. But why should you even take on a casino bonus? Can it actually help you out? The answers are, yes you should and of course it can, if you use it properly. We'll outline that right here, so read on!
Using a casino bonus in whatever form, be it a reload bonus or some free spins, can be a little daunting to the newcomer. There are always questions on whether it is worth risking one's own money in the hopes of receiving a bigger gain.
However, what's important to remember here is that even if there are no big monetary gains made from using the bonus, you will still win in terms of the experience gained. Better yet, there are a number of different bonus options available,
with some of them not even requiring you to risk your own money, yet still letting you be able to win real cash! With all that in mind, we will continue on to uncover all the various bonus options that are available to you.
One of the most commonly found bonuses is the welcome bonus. This is offered by casinos to new players only. In order to get this bonus, you will have to abide by any terms and conditions that are set out, signing up to the site with the
proper details and information about yourself. Depending on the casino, the welcome bonus may be added to your account automatically, or you may have to type in a bonus code or tick a box to accept it during sign-up. If it's the latter
option, keep an eye out, as failure to do so can mean you miss out on the bonus. Welcome bonuses also come with different options - both match deposit and no deposit bonuses, each of which offers something slightly different.
Match deposit bonuses are the most commonly offered. These require you to sign-up and then to make a first real money deposit. Usually, there is a minimum deposit limit in order for your money to qualify. Then, depending on the offer, this
deposited cash will be matched to a set percentage by the casino. Usually, this is a 100% match, but sometimes it can be just 50% or in other cases as much as 400%. There's usually a top limit to what will be matched too, so check that out
before accepting it. The other form of welcome bonus is the no deposit bonus. This is when players will get a reward simply for signing up - there's no need to deposit cash. You'll be rewarded with either a small amount of cash to use on
casino games, or possibly free spins.
The reload bonus is a great option for players who are planning on playing long term at their chosen casino. This type of bonus works in much the same way as the match deposit welcome bonus. There are usually specific days the reload bonus
will be offered on and, like the welcome bonus, there will be minimums and maximums as to what can qualify for the reload bonus. One of the biggest differences between a reload bonus and a welcome match deposit bonus is in the amount that is
matched by the casino. As this is often a recurring offer (sometimes as much as weekly), the match percentage is usually lower, often between 30 to 50%. However, this still means that you can easily boost your bankroll on a regular basis.
Reload bonuses are similar to match deposit bonuses
Matches your deposit to a specified percentage
Usually occurs regularly, sometimes weekly
No deposit bonus
As we've touched upon, this is one of the less commonly found bonus types, but, as you might imagine, is one of the more popular options for online players. No deposit bonuses come in a number of forms, but the essence here is that they do
not require you to risk any of your own money. These are usually found as part of the welcome bonus as a way to encourage you to sign up to the casino. Commonly it comes as free spins. If this is the case, you will be awarded a specified
number, often around ten spins, which can only be used on a specific slot game. You cannot play these free spins on other games - you'll simply have to pay for your bet if you want to play these.
Often awarded as free spins
Free spins must be played on the specified slot game
Free spins will be played at the lowest bet value for that game
Cashback casino bonus
Another popular casino bonus is the cashback bonus. This is often available on poker games or in live dealer casino games. For this option, you will actually receive some of the money you have lost right back to your account. It is also known
as a refund bonus, although it is important to note that, while some casinos will refund your losses with real money, others will give you refunds in the form of bonus cash, which can therefore only be used within the casino - think of the
wagering requirement here too. The amount that you get as part of the cashback will depend on the rules of the casino. This means that you can get varying percentages as cashback, and the amount you need to have in net losses will also vary.
The true value of a Casino Bonus
When it comes to valuing a casino bonus for players in Africa, this is a little harder than it sounds, for each bonus will have a slightly different value. A 100% match deposit bonus with wagering requirements of 20x is not going to be any
better value than a no deposit bonus offering up 20 free spins for a specific slot game. However, as we mentioned earlier, all bonuses have their own intrinsic value in the very fact that they offer you an additional chance to check out the
casino and the games offered. While for some bonuses you'll have to risk your own money, this is done in a way that boosts your bankroll so that you can play more games for longer, and of course in doing so, this gives you a greater chance of
actually scoring a big win.
While all these bonuses are exciting to get, there's the issue that they do come with wagering requirements. Wagering requirements are the number of times either the bonus and/or any winnings will need to be played through before a withdrawal
can occur. These requirements can be as little as 2x the bonus or go to as much as 70x. The lower the requirement, the easier it is to achieve. African players will need to be mindful of these requirements, taking them into account before
they start using the bonus. What these requirements do is help ensure that there is no fraudulent behaviour occurring - from either party. African players will be obliged to meet these requirements in order to withdraw any winnings. It's
worth noting that sometimes these requirements also have a timeframe, so make sure they're met or risk losing the bonus entirely.