Most if not all online casino sites offer special bonuses to their players during Christmas. In this article we will look at some of them and what that means for the punter and how they play the online casino games during the holiday season.
For most casinos, bonuses means slots, so the slots players, who are the largest group of players, get the best offers. By giving the players bonuses they double their chance of winning, some would say. Others claim that this is a way for the casino to lure more cash out of the player. They are both partly true.
When an online casino offers a games bonus it always comes with restrictions. Certain games are not allowed, and there is a wager requirement that needs to be fulfilled before a player can make a withdrawal of any kind. And most casinos offer what is called a sticky bonus, meaning that the bonus will be removed from a players wins when they request a withdrawal. The sticky bonus is thus useful only as free rounds or free spins in which you can win without the risk of loss.
The wager requirements differ from casino to casino but it works the same way in all of them. A common wager request from online casinos is 12*(bonus+deposit). In other words the player has to use up a sum that is 12 times the bonus and deposit. Let's for arguments sake say that the casino offers a 50% deposit bonus and the player deposits 50. This will give the player 75 to play for, so, if the wager requirement is 12*(bonus+deposit), then that would be 12*75, or a total of 900 that needs to be wagered before withdrawing is allowed.
To bet/rebet a total of 900 to make a withdrawal might sound like a lot, but considering that most rounds/spins return a player winnings of different amounts, reaching a wagering requirement of that amount does not take that long.
With the many different slots games on offer I often get the question on what online casino slot game is best suited for bonuses. The first advice is to stay away from progressive games - they might sound tempting with their multi-million euro jackpots, but since they are connected to a wide jackpot network spanning many online casinos and have a lower payout ratio compared to the non-progressive slot machines, there is a considerably higher chance of winning when playing multiline slots with bonus rounds -- although the possibility of winning a massive jackpot are always quite empowering.
Some of these slot machines have top prizes of 500,000 or more, plus bonus rounds that can give you smaller but still very large sums of money. Nowadays, the bonus rounds are what most online slots players are looking for when choosing an online slot machine. If you are not sure what online slots you want to use your bonus on then log in as a fun player and try out the free casino games before you decide. This will give you time to test all the online casino games available and see what slot games you like the most.
Some nostalgic players prefer the classic single-line slot machines, but the vast majority go directly into the more modern Vegas-like video slots games.
All in all, online slots are the gamblers' favorite casino game, and during holidays like Christmas slots become even more popular as players are offered extra bonuses to play with. So this Christmas, shop around for the casino with the best bonus offers and the lowest wagers. Good luck, gamble responsibly, and happy holidays!