No Such Thing as a Free Lunch!
The adages "No such thing as a free lunch
" and "If it looks to good to be true then it probably is
never been more applicable than in the world of online casino bonuses. A tried and trusted marketing tool,
every online casino offers some sort of signup incentive and invariably, the casino bonus rules the roost.
But a bonus is not free money. It invariably comes with restrictions - and hefty ones at that - and while
some people always use a bonus, high bet-limit players
like myself tend to avoid them. I have even written an article that highlights why I think the casino bonus may have had it's day
, although there are plenty of players who disagree with me.
In this article I will explain the pros and cons but if you don't want to read the whole article, then at least go away with this: Always
read the Terms & Conditions
attached to a bonus before you play!
The concept of a casino bonus is different to the casino and the player. The casino has always regarded
bonuses as a way for a player to try out the games. The concept to many players is that it is an extra chance
to win! Consequently, you will sometimes see a casino refer to the "spirit of a bonus
", normally when they
are explaining why you have been bonus-banned!
I have little sympathy with a casino who uses the bonus as
a marketing tool and doesn't fully explain - and make obvious- the restrictions. They should always be
clearly laid out in the T&C's. Conversely, I have little sympathy with a player that is going in to try
and get some free cash
on a freebie. This is why I hate casino bonuses. They are the bain of this
I think that before getting into the pros and cons of a signup bonus, I should recognise that a Loyalty Bonus
is a different beast to a Signup Bonus. Loyalty bonuses will usually have less retsrictions because you will
be receiving those after you have been verified and ID'ed and are "known" to the casino. The loyalty bonuses
are often worth having, but will be much better for those players who have demonstrated that they are
legitimate, fair and trustworthy. This article deals primarily with signup bonuses
bear that in mind!