Free Spins, you much love ‘em! If you gamble every now and then or are interested in (online) games of chance, then you have probably come across the different kinds of bonuses that (online) casinos offer. A lot of casinos offer bonuses to new and existing players. Bonuses are thus a common occurrence in the (online) gambling world. As previously mentioned, there are a number of different bonuses that (online) casinos offer to individuals, but the focus in this article will be on a specific bonus type, which is the free spins. However, individuals should keep in mind that this type of bonus is not always so ‘free’, as will be illustrated in this article. This article will be divided into three parts. The first part of this article will provide some general information about bonuses and the free spins bonus. The second part of this article will discuss the various requirements that the (online) casinos set (in relation to the free spins bonus). The third and final part of the article, will showcase the different types of free spins bonuses that (online) casinos offer to players.
Part I: General information on Free Spins
Before getting into the specifics of the free spins bonus, let us first look at some general information in relation to bonuses and specifically, the free spins bonus in order to better understand how this bonus works and what players are required to do in order to successfully withdraw winnings with a free spins bonus. The topic that will be discussed in the first part of this article are the following:
- What are (free spins) bonuses?
- Why do (online) casinos offer free spin bonuses?
- In game free spins and free spins bonuses
- Who is eligible for a free spin bonus?
- Land-based vs online casino free spins bonus
- Useful term to know in relation to the free spin bonus
What are (free spins) bonuses?
Before we discuss the different requirements that players need to fulfil in order to be able to withdraw their winnings, let us first define what is meant by the term ‘bonus’ and more specifically free spins bonus.
Casino bonuses are rewards that an individual receives when they register at a specific casino, make a deposit, play (online) games of chance or become a ‘loyal’/VIP player at a particular (online) casino. Bonuses often come in the form of opportunities to increase your bets or ways to multiply your earnings. Online casinos often dedicate a webpage on their website to the bonuses/promotions that they offer. In addition to this, these bonuses/promotions typically change over time. Bonuses are offered to both new and existing players. In order to successfully withdraw winning, from a bonus, players need to fulfil certain requirements. These requirements are often stated in the (bonus) terms and conditions.
A specific type of bonus that (online) casinos usually offer is the so-called ‘free spins’ bonus. This type of bonus is typically offer for slot games. With this kind of bonus, players get a number of free spins (as the name suggests), which can be used for free rounds on slot games and/or fruit machines. The free spins bonus thus allows players to spin the reels without using their own money/bankroll. The size of this type of bonus is usually 10 to 50 spins.
Why do (online) casinos offer free spin bonuses?
Online casinos have a number of reasons for offering a bonus. One of the biggest reasons, of course, is to attract new customers. However, free spin bonuses are also offered as a way to stand out from other competitors/casinos, seeing as the bonuses from different online casinos can differ from one other. At some casinos for example, players receive more free spins. Players are also generally more likely to play at a casino that offers them a bonus. Furthermore, casinos aim to not only attract new consumers, but also to keep these new clients playing at their casino. Another reason for offering free spin bonuses, is the fact that casinos want to get the players acquainted to the different slot games that they offer. This is also a great way for players to practice their skills, before committing to a real money wager. The thrill of winning without actually losing money is very alluring to players and rightfully so.
In game free spins and free spins bonuses
The free spins bonuses are for example given to players by the (online) casino when they register as part of a promotion. However, besides free spins bonuses there are also in game free spins, which activate when a specific scatter combination appears in a slot during play. Typically, by getting three or more free spins scatters players will be awarded between 5 and 30 free spins on the majority of (online) slots. The in game free spins is a promotional that is usually less restrictive than the free spins bonus that the players will receive when they sign up, for example.
Who is eligible for a free spin bonus?
In order to be eligible for a free spin bonus, individuals need to, of course, first be registered at or go to a particular (online) casino. Furthermore, the individual needs to be over the age of 18 and in some cases individuals are required to be over the age of 24. The age requirement can thus be different, depending on the local laws and regulations. Moreover, free spins bonuses are usually offered to new players as soon as they have made an account at a certain casino. In this case, only new players are eligible for a free spin bonus. In addition to this, whether an individual is eligible for a free spin bonus depends on the type of free spin that the casino offered. For example, if a player gets offered a no deposit free spin bonus, they immediately are considered to be eligible for the free spin. However, should a player get offered a deposit free spin bonus, then they are required to deposit a certain amount in order to be eligible for the free spin bonus. In the case that players are offered a free spin bonus as a loyalty promotion, players are required to join the ‘VIP club’ in order to be able to acquire the bonus.
Land-based vs. online casino free spins bonus
Free spins bonuses were being offered to players long before online casinos were a thing. Free spins are currently utilised to draw attention to a select few casino games from the hundreds of titles that are being offered at a certain casino. Years ago, these bonuses were first being offered at land-based casinos. When players arrived at a particular casino, the casino provided them with coins to spend on traditional slot machines. In comparison to online casinos, land-based casino has a lesser variety of slot games. In order to make use of a free spins bonus from a land-based casino, players need to be physically in the casino. In addition to this, the free spins that the visitors will receive in a land-based casino is far less than in an online casino. For this reason, free spins bonuses from online casinos are considered more favourable by players, seeing as players get more winning opportunities out of the comfort of their home.
Useful terms to know in relation to the free spin bonus
In order to better understand the applicable free spin bonus requirements, this section of the article will provide several free spin bonus-related terms. The terms that will be provided in this section, will be discussed in more detail in part II of this article.
- Wagering Requirements – Before a player can withdraw a bonus, they are required to play a certain number of times. They are thus required to wager/bet numerous times in order to successfully redeem the free spin bonus. This is an important free spin bonus requirement, which will be discussed in more depth further in this article.
- Weightings – If a free spin bonus includes game weightings, some games will only contribute a portion of the wagering requirements.
- Restrictions – If a free spin bonus has game restrictions, certain games will not contribute toward the wagering requirements at all. Players can typically still play certain games, although playing restricted games may result in the forfeiture of a bonus.
- Time limit – Free spin bonuses have an expiration date. They are only valid for a limited time.
- Bonus size – The maximum amount of money an individual will get out of a free spin bonus offer.
- Opt-out – Players have the possibility of opting out of a bonus. Players can decline a bonus, the bonus sum and, in some cases, any wins will then be forfeited. There is usually no way to reverse the forfeiture should a player proceed with it.
- Withdrawal – Withdrawal is the process of when a player recalls their winnings into their bank account in a real currency (such as euros).
- Withdraw limit – The maximum or minimum amount of money that can be withdrawn.
- Terms and Conditions – In the terms and conditions, the (online) casinos state which requirements apply to the (free spin) bonus. These requirements need to be fulfilled in order to make a successful withdrawal.
- Return to player – Return to player is a term used to indicate how much a slot machine pays out to players over a significant number of spins. For instance, a slot machine with a 97 percent return to player (RTP) will return 97 euros for every 100 euros spent. Therefore, this information essentially reveals how much you may lose when playing a specific slot machine.
Part II: The Requirements
In this section of the article, numerous important requirements in relation to the free spin bonus will be discussed. These requirements can typically be found in the (bonus) terms and conditions of the (online) casino. The topics that will be discussed in this section of the article are the following:
- Wagering requirements
- Time limit
- Restricted games
One of the most common free spins bonus requirements is the so-called wagering requirement. You have most likely heard the term “wagering requirements” if you are familiar with the various bonus kinds that (online) casinos offer. The wagering requirement obligates players to first wager the free spins bonus a certain number of times, before they can redeem the (bonus) funds. The free spins bonus will be forfeited if a player is unable to fulfil the wagering requirements, making it impossible for the players to withdraw the money won with the free spin bonus.
It is therefore sensible to look at the applicable terms and conditions before hitting the spin button. The number of times you must play through a bonus before you can withdraw any wins is specified in the (bonus) terms and conditions. The typical wagering requirement for free spins slots games is 20 to 50 times the bonus money. Each casino will have its own set of rules. For instance, if the wagering requirement is 30x and you win a 50 euro, then you are required to gamble the prize money 30 times before you can withdraw the winning.
When it comes to free spin bonuses, besides the wagering requirement, casinos also impose a time limit within which players need to satisfy the set wagering requirements. Therefore, carefully check the time frame for completing the wagering requirement when accepting the bonus and before pressing the spin button in order to be able to successfully withdraw the winnings.
In general, casinos set a time limit of 30 days, but casinos can also set a longer time limit. There are, however, some bonuses that are only valid for two or three days. The time limit can thus vary from casino to casino. Players should also be aware that different parts of a bonus offer may have separate expiration dates. This may apply in the event of a mixed bonus that combines a cash bonus with a free spins bonus.
In the case that a player receives a free spins bonus in combination with another bonus type, such as the cash bonus, different time limits may apply. The free spins bonus can for example have a time limit of 10 days and the cash bonus a time limit of 25 days. After 25 days, the player has managed to satisfy the wagering requirements for the free spins bonus within the set time limit, but the player has failed to do so for the cash bonus. In this case, the player cannot withdraw the winning funds from the bonus because the player did not fulfil the wagering requirements for the cash bonus within the set time limit of 25 days.
For this reason, players should also look at whether the bonus only consists of free spins. If the bonus also consists of another bonus type, then they have to fulfil the wagering requirements within the set time limit for both bonus types or otherwise they will not be able to withdraw the winnings.
As previously mentioned, the free spins bonuses are usually meant for slot games. As a result, this kind of bonus can only be used on slot games of chance. In conclusion, players are only permitted to use the free spins bonus on slot games. However, players should also keep in mind that (online) casinos may even impose restrictions on some slot games. In this case, the restricted slot games will not contribute to the wagering requirement for the free spins bonus. This can, of course, be a source of frustration for certain players who favour a particular slot game. It is also possible for (online) casinos to restrict the free spins bonus to one particular slot game. In this case, the wagering requirement is only counts for that slot game. Players can thus only place wagers in this slot game in order to redeem the winning funds.
In some cases, in order to receive a free spins bonus, players a required to first make a deposit. The (online) casinos can set a minimum amount that needs to be deposited in order to receive the free spins bonus. All of this will naturally be stated in the (bonus) terms and conditions.
Other times, the payers will not be required to make a deposit in order to receive a free spins bonus. The players will immediately receive the free spins bonus upon registration of when making a certain combination in a game for example. Players should thus keep in mind that they may be required to carry out certain action in order to receive the free spins bonus.
Individuals naturally want to withdraw/cash out their winnings when they play at an (online) casino. However, when a (free spins) bonus is involved, withdrawal becomes more challenging since a certain individual must first satisfy the stated requirements such as the wagering requirement and time limit. Thus, the casino may place some limitations on the players’ ability to withdraw profits. Furthermore, (online) casinos may also impose a minimum withdrawal limit. In this case, the players cannot withdraw funds won with the free spin bonus, if these accumulated funds are lower than the minimum withdrawal amount. Casinos may also impose a maximum withdrawal amount for the funds that are accumulated with the free spin bonus. However, this is a less common occurrence for free spins bonuses.
Part III: Different types of free spins bonuses
Part III of this article will showcase the various types of free spins bonuses that (online) casinos typically offer. The free spins bonus types that will be discussed in this section are the following:
- No deposit free spins bonuses
- Deposit free spins bonuses
- Wager-free free spins bonuses
- Promotional free spins bonuses
- ‘Mixed’ free spins bonuses
- Mobile free spins bonuses
No deposit free spins bonuses
Just as the name suggests, the no deposit free spins bonuses are one of the most favoured types of free spins among players because players are not required to deposit funds in order to be eligible for a free spin bonus. However, the no deposit free spins bonus typically comes with fewer spins and is available on some of the most well-liked slots on the website.
Deposit free spins bonuses
As you probably can tell, the deposit free spins bonus is the opposite of the no deposit bonus. Only when a player makes a deposit into the (online) casino will you receive a specified number of free spins as part of this offer. The deposit free spins bonus has the lowest wagering requirements of all free spins bonuses because it requires a deposit to be made in order to receive the free spins.
Wager-free free spins bonuses
Just as the no deposit free spins, the wager-free free spins bonus is also considered as the holy grail of free spins bonuses in the gambling world. The wager-free free spins bonus gets rid of the wagering requirement that is usually imposed on a bonus offer. As a result, this type of free spins bonus is considered more player-friendly because players are not required to meet all the requirements in order to use the bonus in its entirety. However, just as the ‘holy grail’ this type of free spins bonus is not easy to find seeing as there are not many (online) casinos that offer players this kind of free spins promotion.
Promotional free spins bonuses
Although a casino would often use a free spin bonus in order to advertise its games, there are also other factors at play. A free spin bonus, for instance, is often provided by the casino itself, either through the use of a bonus code or simply by logging in to your account and playing the game that is being advertised to you. Both methods provide you a certain number of spins without having to pay for the stake. These free spins are part of the promotion that the (online) casino offers.
‘Mixed’ free spins bonuses
Casinos frequently offer free spins bonuses to new players. The free spins that they receive can be of substantial size. However, there are some instances of when players have taken advantage of this type of free spins offer by merely using the free spins before leaving the casino and never returning. As a result, casinos combine these free spins bonuses with welcome bonuses or promotional bonuses in order to avoid abuse of these types of offers. In this case, players will be required to make a deposit in order to receive the free spins bonus. This way, the casinos can also ensure that the player is a serious player. This is also a great way for player to revive more winning opportunities by the casino.
Mobile free spins bonuses
If you are familiar with bonuses that you probably know that casinos sometime offer players device-specific bonuses such as a mobile bonus. Online casinos often have various platforms. As a result, players can play the slot game on different devices such as smartphones, tablets, or desktops. Sometimes a player may be offered a free spins bonus if they play the slot games that the casino offers on their mobile phone. Playing the slot games on a mobile device will not take away from the quality of the experience.
Free spins bonuses are not so different from other bonus types, seeing as the free spins bonuses also come with certain requirements that need to be fulfilled before the withdrawal can take place. In the case of free spins bonuses, players are typically required to fulfil the wagering requirements within the given time limit. Individuals should therefore carefully go through the applicable (bonus) terms and conditions in order to find out which requirements need to be fulfilled. Players should thus look out for the wagering requirement and time limits,, or otherwise they will not be able to withdraw the funds that were accumulated with the free spins bonus.