All of today’s best online casinos offer each new player some kind of guaranteed welcome bonus. As soon as your new account has been activated you will instantly be able to claim what is rightfully yours. The most common type of online casino welcome bonus is the matching deposit bonus, but free play bonuses and no deposit bonuses are also now widely available.
You will also receive automatic entrance into the casino’s loyalty rewards program as soon as your account has been activated, or as soon as you have made your first deposit and placed your first real cash wager. These online casino loyalty programs are fundamentally the same, so it doesn’t matter where you play really.
When you play in the real money mode on any of the games in the casino you will be awarded a certain number of loyalty points which can eventually be exchanged for real cash. Some of the other great rewards include free spins for selected online slot machines, casino merchandise and various other rewards. Playing on games such as the slot machines and/or scratchcards will generally earn you the most points. Fewer points will be awarded when playing on most table and card games and various other games such as All Aces Video Poker.
When you open a new account with a casino, make sure that you maximise your initial welcome bonus and also take advantage of it before it expires. For example you may only have one week to claim your new player welcome bonus, so hurry before you miss out. If the welcome bonus is a 100% matching deposit worth up to $/€/£100, it means that the casino will match your deposit up to the value of $/€/£100, penny for penny.
If, for example, you deposit the full $/€/£100 on your first ever deposit, you are effectively doubling-up and you will end up with a total of $/€/£200 to play with instead of just your initial deposit amount of $/€/£100. Also remember that most bonus cash has to be wagered X amount of times before it can be withdrawn. You also then have to wager (aka playthrough) the bonus cash, usually up to 30x times, before you can withdraw your winnings.
The average wagering requirements for most online casino bonuses today tend to hover between 20x and 30x times the bonus amount. In other words, if you deposited $/€/£100 you would have to wager $/€/£3000 before the bonus cash could be withdrawn ($/€/£100 x 30). However, wagering requirements (and any bonus winnings that you make) can be forfeited at any time and when you do this, you will be left with just your initial deposit to play with instead of having any bonus cash.