This depends largely on what type of bonus you’re working with, but the most ‘complicated’ to understand are by far match-up bonuses. They also happen to be the most popular form of welcome bonus, and are also used in a lot of promotions.
It’s called a ‘match-up’ bonus precisely because the casino matches up your real cash deposit by a certain amount. To know how much it will match-up, you have to pay attention to the percentage.
For example, a ‘100%’ match-up bonus will double your deposit, because it will match 100% of your money. If you deposit $50, the casino will match 100% of that $50 with another $50. And voila`! You’ll have $100 total in your casino account to play with.
If it’s a ‘50%’ match-up bonus, the casino will meet you half-way. If you deposit $50, it will match 50% of your money by giving you an extra $25. That means you’ll have a total of $75 to play with.
Match-up bonuses always come with a limiter number. So, the casino will present it as ‘100% up to $100’, or ‘50% up to $100’. What this means for the player is that the casino will not go beyond $100 in bonus money, even if you deposit beyond this amount. Let’s say you decide to deposit $200 instead of $100 on your first time. If the limiting number is up to $100, the casino will not match-you with another $200 to play with $400. Instead, it’ll cut off the bonus money at $100 so you’ll have $300 to play with.
For welcome bonuses, you’re more likely to find high-limiters. For example, 100% up to $500. For promotions and loyalty rewards, it’s more likely to be a small limiter or percentage. Example: ‘50% up to $100’ or ‘100% up to $50’.
No Deposit Bonuses
No deposit bonuses are either small cash bonuses, usually anywhere between $10 – $30, or a small amount of free spins.
It’s no where near the amount of match-up bonuses, but no deposit bonuses do have their own perks. These bonuses do not require any deposit from the player to activate. Instead, the casino automatically awards the player with a no deposit bonus the second they create an account.
Free Spin Bonuses
This type of bonus is self-explanatory. Instead of bonus money, players get awarded free spins. Usually, it’s a set amount of free spins which can range from 50 free spins to 200 free spins on average.
In addition, the casino will also specify which slot/s these free spins can be used on. For Canadian players, this is normally a selection of Play’n GO or Microgaming slots. Other players will get a selection of NetEnt slots.
Activating a welcome bonus is easy. When you first sign up to a casino, it’ll take you through a quick and short account-creation process. The casino will ask for basic details like:
- Your name
- Your location
- Your age
In the case of no-deposit bonuses, signing up is enough to get cash or free spins deposited directly into your account from the casino. It’s why these types of bonuses are so popular with casino players. They have less strings attached than most other bonuses.
Once you’ve created your account – it’s time to make your first deposit!
Casinos have ‘Payment’ sections, also known as ‘Cashier’ sections (just like at a real casino). From here, you choose your preferred payment method and hook it up to your casino account. The moment you complete your first deposit transaction, you’ll activate your welcome bonus.
Be careful, because sometimes welcome bonuses cannot be triggered using certain payment methods. It’s pretty normal for online casinos to disqualify Neteller and Skrill first-time deposits from getting a welcome bonus.
As for promotion bonuses and loyalty bonuses, these will have a set of requirements according to the casino. To find out more on those, you’d have to read our casino review for the specific casino. And read our promotion news for the full details.