When players claim online casino bonuses, they often don’t bother to read the terms and conditions, which often leads to disappointment.
Not reading the Ts and Cs means players don’t realise they must complete wagering requirements. Wagering requirements (or rollover/playthrough requirements as they are sometimes called) are attached to almost every online casino bonus in the world, much to the annoyance of players.
If wagering requirements weren’t attached to bonuses, the operators that hand out these bonuses in the form of free money would quickly go out of business because most players would simply withdraw that money and spend it elsewhere.
Wagering requirements prohibit players from doing this and protect the operator. Let’s take a closer look at which games usually contribute more towards completing wagering requirements in as little time as possible from your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer.
What games should I stick to playing when completing wagering requirements?
That’s a very good question, and the answer is that it’s different at each casino. However, you will usually find that any online slot machine, arcade game, keno and online scratchcard will usually contribute 100% per $/€/£1.00 wagered towards completing your wagering requirements.
In other words, every penny you spend on these games will help you complete your wagering requirements in as little time as possible.
Avoid playing live dealer games, table and card games, and video games (basically all other games) because these may only contribute anywhere from 0% up to a maximum of 20% towards completing them per $/€/£1.00 wagered.
This is exactly why you should read the bonus terms and conditions before accepting an offer. They will reveal which games contribute 100% towards completing wagering requirements and which games to avoid.
You may even find that certain slots might not be included, which is why reading the bonus Ts and Cs is super important.
What else can the bonus Ts and Cs tell me?
The bonus Ts and Cs can tell you several other important things about the bonus you are about to claim, such as how long you have to complete the wagering requirements, which also varies from one online casino to the next, depending on the type of bonus.
For example, you may find that you only have 24 hours to complete the wagering requirements. Other casino operators might give you one week, one month, or even up to 90 days to complete them. It will all be revealed in the terms and conditions.
How much do I normally have to wager?
Again, this varies somewhat from one online casino bonus to the next. You may get lucky and find an online casino bonus with only a 1x to 25x wagering requirement attached.
However, most of the time, the wagering requirements are usually anywhere from 30x to 60x times the bonus amount. Some online casino bonuses even come with 70x to 200x wagering requirements.
Just remember, the lower the wagering requirements are, the quicker you will be able to complete them.
How do wagering requirements work?
If you have just claimed a 100% matching deposit bonus worth $/€/£150 using your Visa card, PayPal account, or prepaid voucher card, for example, it means that the operator will match your deposit by 100% up to the value of $/€/£150.
Therefore, you can instantly double up on your deposit, and it might come with a 30x times wagering requirement. If you deposited $/€/£25 with this bonus, you would receive $/€/£25 bonus money on top of your deposit (so you would have $/€/£50 in total).
You would then need to wager the $/€/£25 bonus money (and usually the initial deposit amount) 30x times before you could start the withdrawal process. It’s that simple.