Welcome to our overview of casino bonuses. These bonuses are a fantastic way for new and existing players to get a little bit more for their money when joining a new online venue or simply depositing a bit more cash at one you use already.
Massive competition in the online gaming market has meant online casinos are forever trying different things to get you to sign up with them (and stay with them). If you perform a quick internet search for a term such as “online casino bonus”, this is what gets returned to you:
So 25 million or so results. Obviously they’re not all relevant but it should give an indication of the scale of the industry in 2011. Anyway the following is a brief overview of the main bonuses available to those on the lookout for some free stuff.
Sign-up bonus – also known as the new player bonus, this will reward new sign-ups with a cash bonus equal to a percentage of the amount they have deposited. Deposit $1000 for example and receive 30% ($300) as a bonus.
Refer-a-friend bonus – some of us have friends and if you do too, get them to join the same site with you as referrer and you’ll be rewarded with some sort of free gift. Your friend will then be eligible for all the new player bonuses available as well. The casino retains one player and nets one more.
VIP bonus – this is more of a loyalty/reward scheme than anything else and there’s no effort required on your part to partake in it. Just by playing online games and depositing a bit of cash occasionally you’ll be accruing points which can, at certain levels, be swapped for free stuff, tournament entries and the like. The more you play, the greater value bonuses you will receive.
Deposit Bonus – A deceptively lucrative bonus this one – it can reward you with a percentage of your deposit each time you do so, depending on the deposit method. A certain debit card may provide a 15% deposit bonus or a NETeller transfer may garner 15%. It all depends on the casino but it can be quite a nice little earner.