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Wagering requirements are the mandatory evil of almost every casino bonus. Many, if not all, online casinos attract players with lucrative deposit bonuses, free spins and other promotions that give players more to play with. However, these bonuses cannot instantly be converted into cash . Before you can withdraw your money, your bonuses or free spins winnings need to wagered a set number of times. But what are casinos’ wagering requirements? What does this so-called “casino wagering” mean?

Wagering requirement – Wagering requirements explained

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When a player makes a deposit, he usually claims a casino bonus at the same time. Bonuses may vary between casinos, but the most common type of deposit bonuses are also called “match-up bonuses”. The most common bonus that there is sees you depositing anything up to 100€, whereas the casino will match your deposited amount and give you the same amount of money in bonus cash. This bonus is usually represented in the following way:

  • 100% and up to €100

While it sure is nice to get more money to play with, this money isn’t yours right away—enter the wagering requirements. Before you can withdraw this additional money, you need wager it a certain amount of times.

Why do casinos give you bonuses and then have you completing wagering requirements?

The reason for this is simple: online casinos are in the business of making money and giving out free money wouldn’t be good for the business. However, they want to make things attractive for the players as well to get them to sign up. Giving players deposit bonuses and free spins is a way of offering them incentives to join and giving them play money to get acquainted with the casino’s game selection, which often consists of hundreds or even thousands of different titles.

Comparing wagering requirements

When comparing wagering requirements between different online casinos, keep an eye on the terms and conditions. There are many differences between casinos regarding the amount that you have to wager. Usually, it is the bonus amount that you need to wager a certain number of times, but sometimes you will have to wager your deposit as well. This means that you shouldn’t just pay attention to the number (20x, 35x, 40x, 45x, 60x etc.).

Case. 100% up to 100€ with a wagering requirement of x40 bonus
If a player makes a deposit of €100, they will receive the maximum bonus amount, which is €100. In this example, you only have to wager your bonus, so the player needs to wager 40 times the €100 (=€4000) before being able to withdraw.

Case. 100% up to 100€ with a wagering requirement of x20 bonus + deposit
In this case we have the same bonus, but the wagering requirement is different. When a player makes a deposit of €100 to claim the maximum bonus, they will have to wager both the deposit (€100) and bonus money (€100) 20 times (100 + 100 times 20 = €4000).

Essentially, both of these examples are the same, just presented in different ways. In both cases, the player is required to wager a total of €4000, before being able to withdraw any of their winnings.

Wagering requirement – How to complete

Let’s continue with the same amounts mentioned in the two example cases. In both of these cases, the total amount needed to wager was €4000. Before you have completed the wagering requirement you aren’t eligible to withdraw the bonus money. Therefore, it’s actual value can be still considered as €0. To earn the bonus money you need to start betting. Every euro betted euro will be deducted from the wagering. However, there is a catch. One betted euro isn’t always fully deductible as different games may have different wagering terms.

Different games wager differently

To make things more complicated, different games might have different wagering requirements. This is due to the fact that different games give the players different odds. For example, table games such as roulette and blackjack generally have a better RTP (return to player) rate than slots machine. Of course, the worse your odds, the faster you are most likely going to lose. Long story short: you have to have better luck in wagering with slots than you would have in table games.

Wagering terms taken from Casumo:

  • Slot machines 100%
  • Video Poker 30%
  • Casino Hold’em 10%
  • Oasis Poker 10%
  • TXS Hold’em poker 10%
  • Ultimate Texas Hold’em 0%
  • Baccarat (all kind) 0%
  • Punto Banco 0%
  • Roulette (all kind) 0%
  • Blackjack (all kind incl. Pontoon and Double Exposure) 0%
  • All other games 100%

While at Casumo all slots counted equally towards the wagering, this isn’t the case with all online casinos. Some casinos might have different wagering between different slots. Most casinos are blocking some games altogether. For example, NetEnt’s Bloodsuckers isn’t usually counted towards the wagering due to its very high RTP (Return to Player). Games RTP has been lowered for the sequel, Bloodsuckers 2. At live online casinos, the wagering is close to zero and therefore completing a casino bonus on a live casino is relatively hard. Therefore live players should consider whether to even take the bonus. Some online casinos that are specialized in live games offer other options such as cashback for live players. For example, Codeta is a casino that offers cashback.

Free Spins

Free spins wagering varies from bonus money wagering since free spins aren’t real money. Just a way to win some and therefore the wagering in free spins applies to possible winnings. If you win 3 euros with your free spins, 3 euros is what you need to wager.

Free Spins no wagering requirements

Wagering free spins is quite difficult as the possible winnings are relatively small and often come with high wagering requirements. However, there are casinos that give free spins without any wagering requirements, like casino Rizk for example. Every time you receive free spins from the Wheel of Rizk, the free spins are wager free. This is pretty sweet and quite rare in the world of online casinos.

Difficulty

How hard is to complete wagering requirements?

This varies a lot between casinos as some are harder and some are easier but most of them can be completed. It is still always the casino who has the edge but sometimes fortune favors the bold. However, the worst bonuses might not even give a fair chance for the player so it is always a good idea to check the terms and conditions before claiming anything. But worse comes to worst, at least you can play a bit longer with bonus money.

Use the bonus calculator below to see, how much you have to bet on different types of bonuses in order to complete the wager and withdraw the money.

EuroSlots wagering requirement

Even though bonus terms are always different depending on the casino, it is for sure that some conditions are the same. For instance, that you can only redeem the bonus once per player or household. If you don’t use the bonus by a certain date, the bonuses can be deactivated.

In this case, you’ll have 14 days to use the bonus.  All wagering requirements must be met before withdrawals, otherwise, you’ll lose your bonus and all winnings. Also, you can never use any funds received from criminal activity at the casino.

At Euroslots the requirement is 20 times deposit + bonus, so total wagering is 40 times. Maximum bet is 0,50€ per line or 5€ per spin.

Unibet wagering requirement

Bonus terms have been made to protect the casino’s own interest from any possible fraud and criminal activity. It’s a nice extra from the casinos to give out bonus money: remember, they don’t have to do it. They voluntarily give players a possibility to win actual money without spending more of theirs. This is why casinos want to make sure no one takes an advantage of their generosity.

At Unibet, the wagering is 35 times bonus. You also need to deposit at least £10 to redeem the welcome bonus. Free spins are available on the following five Net Ent games; Twin Spin, Mega Fortune Dreams, Jack and the Beanstalk, Motorhead, and Gonzo’s Quest. Also, all free spins awarded will be available in your account by 17:00 GMT the next working day.

Redbet wagering requirement

Some time ago, Redbet lowered their wagering requirements. The bonuses and free spins must be wagered 35 times. This is a nice mid-level requirement, as wagering requirements can go as high as 60 times. The maximum bet is 5 euros per round and minimum deposit 20 euros for redeeming the bonus, which means you can get started with a fairly low amount.

The bonus is valid for 30 days. However, the bonus and wagers cannot be played in every game. The forbidden games are as follows: table and poker games, Jackpots, video poker, Mega Joker, Jackpot 6000, Champions of the Track, The Wish Master, Devil’s Delight, Super Monopoly Money, Blood Suckers, 1429 Uncharted Seas and Castle Builder

Also, the free spins must be played at games that they have been appointed for: first 50 rounds at Warlords, the next 50 at Starburst and the last 50 at Gonzo’s Guest. This should be fun, so that there’s no need to spin all 150 spins in one game.

Winning Room wagering requirement

You can be sure that if there are bonuses in the horizon, there’s also a shark named “bonus terms” swimming behind the ship. Fortunately, Winning Room’s terms are fairly straightforward.

The bonus must be wagered 35 times deposit and bonus. And if they ever offer free spins, winnings from these must also be wagered 35 times. However, if the bonus percentage is less than 100 %, the wagering requirement is dropped to 25 times deposit and bonus. In other words, the third deposit must be wagered only 25 times! Phew!

The bonus money can only be wagered in slot games. All forbidden slots include Blood Suckers, The Wish Master, 1429 Uncharted Seas, Dead or Alive, Kings of Chicago, Jackpot 6000 and Devil’s Delight.

In order to grab the bonus, you must deposit at least 20 euros each time. When wagering the bonus, the maximum bet is 2 euros. And you don’t have to hurry too much with the bonus, as it’s valid for 30 days.

All terms and conditions should be read though at least once carefully to make sure you agree with them and that you know what’s to be expected.

There are a few points you should take a note of:

  • All winnings must be wagered before withdrawals.
  • The player cannot use bonus money purely to proceed in a game from bonus level to another by pausing a game and waiting until the bonus has been wagered to resume the game. These games include: Scrooge, Robin Hood: Shifting Riches, Tower Quest, Pearls of India, Eye of the Kraken, Castle Builder and Castle Builder 2.
  • If there’s real money and bonus money in your account, the real money will be played first. This is a so called forfeitable bonus.
  • Some games have a “gamble” feature that allows you to play your win again for a possible bigger win. This is not allowed when playing with bonus money.

All casinos build their own bonuses and bonus terms. This is the reason why you should always read through the terms before making a deposit. Even though bonus terms are different from casino to casino, certain things always stay the same. For instance, you can only redeem the bonus once per player or household. Also, no kind of fraud or criminal activity is allowed at any reputable casinos. However, if you have good intentions, this isn’t something you should need to worry about.

Mega Casino wagering requirements

Mega Casino wants you to wager your bonus money 30 times before withdrawals. Also, all winnings from free spins must be wagered 30 times. Maximum bet is 5 euros or 10% of the bonus amount, whichever is smaller (if you deposited with an e-wallet, maximum bet is 1 euro). We must say, that a wagering requirement of 30 times very doable, at least when we compare it to some other casinos that might ask you to wager even a whopping 50 times or more.

And speaking of wagering, not all games wager the same percentage. All GVG slots and scratch offs wager 100%, and all other slots 50%. Any other game wagers only 10%. In other words, don’t get excited and think you can wager everything on card games and beat the house edge – you’ll just have to wager even more. Might be a better idea to stay with the slots.

Many casinos have multiple restricted countries, at least bonus-wise if not in general. Mega Casino only restricts players from Ukraine, Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania and Russia from redeeming bonuses.

When you take a look at the bonus terms at Mega Casino’s website, your first reaction might be a big gasp. There’s so much text that it gets us weak in the knees, and not in a good way. You shouldn’t get scared though, as even though there’s a lot to read, most of it is normal stuff that you don’t need to sacrifice another thought for. As long as you know how many times to wager your bonus and free spins, you’re in the clear.

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