With so many online casinos to choose from, operators have had to develop
marketing campaigns to attract new registrations. The most common campaign
utilizes the ever effective "buy into this, and we'll reward you" approach. The
reward insofar as online casinos are concerned, is the sign-up bonus. There are
a variety of bonuses on offer, and one of the more exciting and enticing, is the
free time bonus.
Free time bonuses give gamers the opportunity to play selected slots, video
slots and table games with casino credits for a pre-allotted period of time.
During that time, players try to win enough credits which are then transferred
to their real player accounts once the bonus feature is concluded. In most
instances, this is exactly how the new member sees the free time bonus
operating. However, there are various factors that need to be understood when it
comes to free time bonuses. Firstly, in order to participate in free time
incentives, players need to download the gaming software and register a real
player account. They are then issued with a free time player code that activates
the free time bonus. From the casinos perspective, they now have a new member
who is unlikely to deregister and switch to a new casino because the download
process is cumbersome. They also have player details such as postal and e-mail
addresses, which affords them the opportunity to continue with alluring
The second consideration is that not all wins made during free time bonuses
are transferred to the real player account. One is usually given a target win
amount, and if obtained, a set free credit amount is issued. So, even if a
player wins £1 000 over the predetermined win amount, he/she will only be issued
with the maximum withdrawal amount, usually in the region of between £20 to £100
depending on the casino selected. These conditions of free bonus play are
usually only disclosed once the free time bonus commences, and as such, users
have already downloaded the software before they realize the limitations on the
extent of their potential wins.
The final consideration, is that even though free time play could result in a
win total being credited to the player account, the money is unable to be
withdrawn until a playthrough requirement is met. What this means, is that
players are required to wager anything between 10X and 30X the free chip
allocation before they are able to claim the money. The playthrough requirement
is necessary for online operators to guard against player abuse, but it means
that ultimately, anything won during free time bonuses is not exactly a win
unless players are able to continue winning and capitalize on the free chip
So, why do we opt to take part in free time bonuses then, knowing that we are
being manipulated by marketing geniuses and that the odds are not in our favor?
Well, simply put, there is still the chance that we can turn a profit without
making an investment. And because it doesn't cost anything, its worth a try.