Specifics of Bonus Wagering. The Most Important Issues

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Daniel C. White
03.03.2021

Each bonus has its own wagering rules, no matter it is a deposit or no deposit bonus. This is not only about the wager (the times the bonus amount must be bet), but also about other important conditions that influence your chances of wagering.

If you open the bonus Terms and Conditions, you will find many clauses there. However, some casinos prefer to specify the details in the general rules, rather than in the separate bonus rules. Due to this, it may seem easier than it really is. Let’s review the most important bonus conditions that must always be taken into account.

Bonus wager/betting

This factor determines the amount you must bet to convert bonuses into real money. A wager is usually written as 40x, 30x or x30, x40. This means that the bonus amount must be multiplied by 30 or 40 to complete the wagering requirement. For example, if the bonus is $200 and the wager is 30x, then it means you must bet $6,000 (30x$200) in total.

Make sure to find out whether only the bonus amount is counted when calculating the required wagering amount, or deposit + bonus amount. This is important because if wagering of the deposit + bonus is required, then the required amount of bets will be twice as much with a 100% bonus. It will be not $6,000, but $12,000 (30x($200 + $200)) in the above example.

Betting threshold

Even if it is not specified in the rules of a specific bonus, it may be stipulated in the general rules. You cannot bet as much as you want after activating the bonus. All casinos set the betting threshold for the allowable wagering, otherwise wagering would be too unpredictable for the casino, and the issuance of bonuses would be less profitable.

The problem is that you won’t see an alert if you suddenly bet more than allowed. Therefore, you will need to clarify the betting threshold and remember it. Otherwise, the casino may cancel your bonus and winnings. The standard threshold is 5 dollars or euros. However, it may even be $1 in some games. On the contrary, the maximum bet in Videoslots is €20, for example.

Time limit

This condition is also not always specified in the bonus rules, although all casinos set it. You cannot wager the bonus credits infinitely. There are no common standards, but you can expect an average of a week to a month. For example, the 100% welcome bonus with VideoSlots must be wagered within 7 days.

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One day is usually given to wager the winnings on free spins. This mainly happens when the free spins are granted little by little over a certain period. For example, 100 free spins, 10 per day.

Limit on games

Players are also not allowed to play certain games when using bonuses. If you enter a game that is non-qualifying with an active bonus, you will not see any alert. This way, you need to remember not only the minimum bet, but also the non-qualifying games. Otherwise, the casino will cancel your bonus.

However, this is not the case everywhere. VideoSlots players will receive warning messages that they try to enter a non-qualifying game. If the warning is ignored, the bonus will be canceled and the winnings will be refunded to the casino.

Progressive jackpot games and high return games are usually non-qualifying. Many casinos also list certain slots – sometimes there are several, sometimes a lot.

Coefficient

Please remember that bets on different games have different wagering coefficients. For example, slots usually have 100%. This means that if you bet $5 per spin, the wagering requirement is reduced by $5. Board games usually have a coefficient of 10%. The same bet of $5 in this case contributes only $0.5 to wagering. This means that by placing $5 on the roulette, the remaining amount of wagering decreases by only $0.5.

The fastest wagering is by betting on slot machines, as they usually have a 100% coefficient. All others traditionally come with a 10% coefficient, and some even with 0%.