Free spin bonuses are gifted to new casino members. In other words, to claim free spins, gamblers are required to download the relevant gaming software and register as a real money player. They are then either e-mailed a coupon or free spins code, which they enter at the cashiers desk to commence their bonus, or the free spins bonus is immediately activated upon log-in.
Basically, the bonus offering affords new members the opportunity to play a selected array of slots, video slots and table games from the casinos gaming portfolio. Players are usually given a pre-determined number of spins in which to to try and turn a profit, with winnings being allocated to the players' real money account following the completion of the bonus session. Whilst this sounds really exciting and possibly very lucrative, online casinos are not as generous as they appear. As with all sign-up bonus incentives, the intent is to attract new clients, not simply give money away. The lure of bonus offerings are effective in that players have the potential to generate wins from "free" money, but the casinos inevitably make it quite difficult to do so.
Allow me to clarify. Casinos are businesses. They are not operating simply for your or my pleasure. They want to be profitable. In order to do so, they need to look after their own interests. That is not to say, that they are in any way trying to be unfair to their clients, but they are in a position where they need to secure themselves against player abuse. There are several gamers who "hop" from casino to casino in an attempt to claim free money and it is essential to operator sustainability to protect themselves in this regard. As such, free spins bonuses, as with all other sign-up bonuses, have certain regulations or requirements that need to be met before a player is able to accurately describe his/her profits as a free money win.
With free spin bonuses, players need to take note that even though they might have won a substantial amount during their allotted game play, there is usually a capped amount that will be transferred as real money chips to the player account. This is usually disclosed by the casino on their web site or prior to the launch of the free spin feature, but players are usually disappointed to only learn this after completing a lengthy download. As with other casino bonuses, the free spins bonus also requires that any real money credits are subject to playthrough requirements of anything between 10X and 30X the free money amount. In other words, players that are awarded $100 in free chips are required to wager between 10X and 30X that amount before being able to make a withdrawal.
Even with these requirements, there is a win potential and therein lies the allure of free spin bonuses. Even when players are unable to win during their free spins, casinos usually offer a "consolation" prize of fewer real player credits. Nonetheless, gamers feel rewarded and are enticed by the prospect of turning a profit with money that is not their own.