First, we need to establish what a casino bonus is. A casino bonus is an incentive given by the casino operator, for new or existing players, that will give out cash bonus funds or free spins. These types of bonuses most often are a decision-maker for the players and they will be the reason why a player would choose a casino over another one.
The types of bonuses are most often similar to each other, but on some special occasions, some casinos might have a bonus that should not be missed by any player. The most used bonus format from a casino is the “sticky” one and the most searched bonus by players are the “non-sticky” bonuses.
What Is A Sticky Bonus?
A sticky casino bonus is an incentive gave out by the casino for new or existing players, with a wagering requirement connected to the full balance (deposit+bonus). These bonuses come with a lower X for the wagering requirement, but the total sum for the wager would be double compared to a non-sticky bonus. With a sticky bonus, the players are also limited to withdrawals and they can’t request one before they finish the wagering requirement of the bonus.
Example of a Sticky Bonus:
100% Up To $500
For this example, we take a player that will deposit $100 and take the 100% bonus. Once the deposit is finished, the player will see his balance as $200, connected to a wagering requirement of 40x. This means that the player will have to wager a total of $8000 before the balance will be available for cashout.
What Is A Non-Sticky Bonus?
A non-sticky bonus is the most desired kind of bonus by the casino players. This type of casino bonus is popular because of the separation of bonus and real funds. Players will first start playing with the real funds and they can cashout at any time they desire by just canceling the bonus from their account. The real balance is not connected to any wagering requirement and if a player wins at the beginning, he can cashout the win.
Once the real funds are lost, the bonus will take over and the player will have a second chance of getting a cashout. The bonus funds for a non-sticky bonus are with a higher wagering requirement but the wagering is only connected to the bonus funds, instead of full balance as in for sticky bonuses.
Example of a Non-Sticky Bonus:
100% Up To $200
In this example, the player deposits 100$ and receive a 100% non-sticky bonus. Once he finished the deposit, the player will see a real funds balance and a bonus balance, both of $100. On the first spins he will see that every bet is taken out of the real balance and if he wins something big, he can instantly request a withdrawal by just canceling the bonus. Once he lost the real funds, the player will notice that the bets will be taken from the bonus balance. In this example, we will use a 50x wagering requirement for the bonus, which might sound a lot compared to a sticky bonus, but is in fact smaller. For a $100 deposit, the player will need to wager $5000 before the bonus will be transformed into real money.
What Are Free Spins Bonuses?
Free Spins are exactly what they sound like, free spins on particular slots from the casino. When taking a bonus with free spins, players will receive a number of spins on a particular slot from the offer. These spins have a fixed bet and the player will not be able to change the bet size on that slot until the number of free spins are used.
Example of a Free Spins Bonus:
50 Free Spins On Book Of Dead
With this bonus, the player will receive 50 free spins on the Book Of Dead slot from Play’n Go. Once the player will activate the bonus, which can be after a deposit or with a no-deposit bonus by just registering on the casino, he can enter the slot and he will see a pop-up which will tell him that he has free spins available. The winnings from the free spins are connected to a wagering requirement the same way as other bonuses are and, most often, there is a limit on how much a player can win from the free spins.
What Is A Cashback Bonus?
The way cashback bonuses work is that every spin or every deposit a player makes, he will be entitled to receive a % back in the form of a cashback bonus. The casinos that have a cashback promotion, most often have a different way to count how much a player will receive in the form of the cashback bonus.
A 10% cashback on deposits will mean that players will receive 10% back of what they deposited during a period of time and they can have another chance by playing at the casino.
Example of a Cashback Bonus:
10% Weekly Cashback On Loses
With a weekly cashback, the player will receive 10% of his losses every week. If a player deposited a total of $200 in the past week, he will receive $20 in the form of a cashback bonus. These bonuses have different terms and while some casinos have a wagering requirement for the cashback bonuses, other casinos are giving real money funds back that can be cashed out immediately by the player if he decides that he doesn’t want to play with the funds.
No Deposit Bonuses
The bonuses that don’t require a deposit are called No Deposit Bonuses. Some casinos have this incentive for new players and they will offer a small amount in form of a bonus without any deposit needed to activate it. To receive the no deposit bonus, the player will have to register and confirm his phone number or email for the account, and in some cases go through the KYC process before the casino will add the funds to his balance.
Example of a No Deposit Bonus:
$10 No Deposit Bonus On Registration
The player will receive $10 in the form of a no deposit bonus when he creates a new account on the casino. This bonus will be connected to a higher wagering requirement and it will have a lower maximum withdrawal limit compared to other forms of bonuses. In this example, the player will have a 70x wager requirement and a $100 maximum withdrawal for the bonus. This means that the player will have to wager $700 and once he is done with the wagering requirement, if he has a balance over $100, the casino will remove the rest of the balance and he will remain with the $100 in his balance.