Why knowing the terms and conditions of online casino’s matters?
The online casino world has made a mess of things when it comes to the terms and conditions of bonus offers. Not in a sense that the terms themselves are bad, but in a sense that they are often very unclear. Most people don’t take the time to meticulously read the fine print. The accept-checkboxes of cookie pop-ups, terms of service and end-user license agreements are just in the way of something we want. But by agreeing, you do commit to the terms and conditions, so knowing what you agreed upon can prevent you from some nasty surprises.
In order to take advantage of the casino bonus offers, it’s important that you know the exact terms and conditions of these bonuses. Every online casino expects something in return for the bonuses it offers. This makes sense, for example a 150% deposit bonus; if you deposit money, you’ll get 150% of that amount as play money. If you could deposit this play money directly back into your bank account, the casino would go bankrupt very quickly. Therefore, the existence of terms and conditions are logical. A very imported thing to keep in mind is that in many cases a withdrawal to your bank account could forfeit a claim to a bonus. So again, it’s very important that you read and understand the terms and conditions, which can vary from casino to casino.
In a broad sense you can assume that the conditions say something like; you have to wager X number of times your bonus amount (or your bonus plus deposit amount). The number X is usually between 7 and 20. The exact interpretation, again, varies from casino to casino
Another important part of the terms is the (possible) game restriction. To unlock the bonus, usually not all games count. Games that are often excluded are craps and blackjack. So, it’s very important to look into this, because the game you actually came to play might be excluded from the bonus!
The game restriction also sometimes applies the other way around: For example, a bonus is only valid for one particular game. If that’s the game you’re here for, that’s fine of course, but if it’s a game you never play anyway, the bonus isn’t worth anything to you.
Another term you may come across when searching for bonuses is a sticky bonus. This is a bonus which you will never be able to cash in, it sticks to your account so to speak. The purpose of this bonus is so that you can wager more while you gamble.
In most cases bonuses are automatically credited to your account, which is very convenient. However, there are some casinos that require you to send an email before you can receive the bonus in your account. If you don’t like the terms and conditions and you still want to use the casino, then it’s a good idea to contact the casino before making your first deposit. But of course, you can also look for another casino which offers a bonus that suits you.
In short: Doing research for the best bonuses can save you a lot of money. If you invest a bit more time in reading the terms and conditions, it can save you from major disappointment.