How Do Online Casino Bonus Wagering Requirements Work?

October 9, 2014

When you accept an online casino bonus today, whether it’s a matching deposit bonus, a no deposit bonus or a free spins bonus, you generally have to complete wagering requirements before the casino will allow you to take out any winnings that you make for your bonus money. Wagering requirements are also often referred to as playthrough requirements and they are something that you cannot avoid.

Let’s take a look out how online casino bonus wagering requirements usually work. There are very few online casino bonuses that come with zero wagering requirements and the reason for this is because most players would simply withdraw their bonus as soon as they receive it. If there were no wagering requirements attached to a bonus, there would be nothing stopping players from withdrawing and spending the cash elsewhere.

You generally have to wager somewhere between 30x times to 50x times the bonus amount and just hope that you win after wagering all of this cash. An example of this can be explained as follow: If you take advantage of a 100% matching deposit bonus worth up to AU$250 and deposit the full AU$250, you will end up with a total of AU$500 to play with (AU$250 initial deposit + AU$250 bonus cash).

If this bonus cash needs to wager wagered 30 times before you can cash out any winnings that you make, it means that you must wager AU$7,500 (AU$250 x 30) before cashing out becomes a possibility. If you are required to wager the deposit amount as well (which is quite common), then you will have to wager a total of AU$7,750 before cashing out.

The games that will help more towards completing your wagering requirements are generally online pokies, online scratchcards and most other speciality/variety/arcade style games. These games generally count 100% towards your wagering requirements, whereas games like Blackjack, All Aces Video Poker and most other Table & Card games may only count anywhere from just 2% to 10% towards completing your wagering requirements.

You also normally have to complete your wagering requirements within a certain period of time, perhaps one month. If you do NOT manage to do this within the allotted time, you will lose any bonus cash that you managed to make and you will be left with your initial deposit to play with. You can also forfeit your bonus winnings at any time and this means that you won’t have to try and complete the wagering requirements.

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