Understanding the terms used within the online gambling industry is an important part of taking advantage of tempting incentives. They are offered to welcome new players and encourage them to make hefty deposits, entice existing players to play more games, or reward loyal players who've already won huge jackpots. Casino incentives, which are typically labeled as promotions, generally provide bonuses as encouragement to deposit real money. The bonuses are usually sums of money players gain access to when they deposit specified minimums at the online casino.
Three types of bonuses exist – cashable, sticky, and super sticky. A cashable bonus is ready for withdrawal as soon as the wagering requirement is met. A sticky bonus can be used during game play, but it is taken out of the amount requested for withdrawal. The wagering requirements must first be met before the transfer of funds is requested. The most restrictive option, the super sticky bonus is not eliminated from the player's casino account until a withdrawal larger than this sum is requested. The terms of the bonus must also be met prior to the transfer request.
Most online casino promotions provide bonuses offering a percentage match on the deposit amount. Percentages vary, depending on the promotion. While a 100% match is common, other percentage amounts are also offered, including 150%, 200%, 50%, and so on. A cap on the total amount of free money the player can receive is explicitly listed and varies from one bonus to the next.
Together, the percentage match and the deposit total determines the exact amount of the bonus. For example, a 100% match bonus up to $200 delivers a bonus that provides a 100% match on the player's deposit up to a value of $200. A deposit of $200 would lead to a bonus of $200, giving the player $400 to use.
Most promotions come with specific terms dictating what steps the player must take before having the ability to withdraw the bonus funds. These terms usually involve wagering requirements detailing how much money the player must bet prior to having the ability to withdraw the bonus money. Online casinos impose these restrictions to prevent players from taking the bonus without actually playing the game.
For example, a player uses a promotion offering a 100% match bonus up to $200 with a 20x wagering requirement. With a maximum bonus match, the player must bet $8,000 prior to being able to take out the bonus money as part of a withdrawal. Here is the equation used to determine the wagering requirement: (deposit plus bonus sum) multiplied by wagering requirement or ($200 + $200) x 20 = $8,000. Once the wagering requirement, also referred to as a playthrough, is completed, the bonus is available for withdrawal.