In order to be issued with no deposit bonuses, gamers are required to
download casino software and register as real money players. This gives the
online casino some assurance that players are serious not merely bonus abusers.
The no deposit bonus is claimed by visiting the cashier and entering a bonus or
coupon code into the specified field. This code is either issued on the casinos'
website, or is e-mailed to the new member upon registration. The bonus code is
required so that each player is only entitled to one no deposit bonus.
Whilst receiving this "free money" seems like a fantastic incentive to join a
particular online casino operator, players need to be aware of several things to
avoid being disappointed by the reality of what is actually on offer. Firstly,
as opposed to match bonuses where "free money" can total relatively high
amounts, no deposit bonuses are considerably less in value and are usually
subject to the same player requirements. These player requirements are commonly
referred to as playthrough requirements. Each casino will detail their own
specific playthrough requirements on their website or casino terms and
conditions of use page, but basically what it entails, is that players are
required to wager anywhere between 10X and 30X the total "free money" or no
deposit bonus allocation before they are able to make any withdrawals. In other
words, if the casino issues a no deposit bonus of £50 and the playthrough
requirement is 20X, players are required to place £1 000 worth of bets, before
the no deposit bonus is eligible for withdrawal. So basically, unless players
win considerably large amounts over a sustained period, they have relatively
small odds at cashing out wins with the free money issued upon registration.
Of course, this does not mean that players are unable to benefit from no
deposit bonuses. There is always the chance of securing that ever elusive
jackpot and walking away with a tidy sum of money without having to make a
single deposit. Also, an added advantage is the fact that gamers are able to
test real play gaming software without committing financially.