A guide to slot bonuses: what they are, and tips and tricks

Whether you’re an online slots newbie and are still learning the ropes, or you consider yourself a master because you’ve been spinning the reels for years, it can still be tricky getting your head around all the exciting bonuses available. Here are some of the most popular offers for online slots, together with some tips on how both newbies – and experts – can make the most out of them.


The first type of bonus that most players will come across is the welcome bonus, as it’s what most online casinos (or bingo sites) will offer to players who are signing up for the first time. This is usually the best overall type of bonus because the casinos want to show you a good time. It could take the form of extra credit for playing any of the online slots on offer, or free spins for a specific game.


Looking to add some dosh to your casino wallet? Take advantage of a deposit bonus to gain some extra casino money to enjoy on your favourite online slot games. A deposit bonus might be a flat amount that you earn with a minimum payment, but most of the time it’s a percentage extra that you can acquire, up to a maximum limit. For example, make a deposit of £100 and get an extra £50, or get an additional £25 for every £100 you deposit, up to a maximum of £500.


Sometimes a player will get lucky and find their account has extra credit, or they’ll get an email or notification letting them know that all they have to do is log in to claim the no-deposit bonus. The main advantage of this bonus is – yes, that’s right – you don’t have to do much, or part with your money: the site will just give you some free credits or spins to enjoy.


At first glance, you might think a reload bonus is the same as a deposit or loyalty bonus (which we cover next), but there are some differences. It differs from a deposit bonus in that it can only be used after a player has made a deposit. It’s also different from a loyalty bonus in that the perks usually aren’t quite as awesome. The reload bonus offers you a smaller top-up, but it also often has much lower wagering requirements than both deposit and loyalty bonuses.


We all know that Lady Luck is not always kind; sometimes, she can even be downright cruel. Thankfully casinos and other gambling sites also know this and want to help take the sting out of losses with a cashback bonus. If you’re on a losing streak and have a cashback bonus, the site will return some of your losses in the form of casino credit that you can use to play again in the future.


One of the newest bonuses on offer is a device bonus, which some sites offer to people who play on their mobile phones and tablets. If you’re a mobile gamer and this sounds like an excellent offer, that’s because it is. Imagine getting extra credit or games for playing on the device you were going to play on anyway? As cool as this bonus might be, most casinos only offer these as a one-off, just like a sign-up bonus.


One of the most common types of bonuses that casinos will regularly share with their players are free spins. With this bonus, what you see is what you get. You’ll be able to enjoy a certain number of free spins on an online slot. Usually, these spins are limited to a specific game.


  • Read the fine print – Most bonuses will come with different requirements, such as time limits around their use, how much money you must wager or games you must play to claim your winnings.
  • Understand how wagering requirements work – Sometimes a bonus may look amazing, but it might be locked behind a wagering requirement that you need to complete within a specified amount of time. Ensure the betting requirement makes sense within the timelines offered, or you may lose out on the benefits of the bonus.
  • Check your email or login in regularly so you don’t miss out – A casino or online bingo site will usually run promotions regularly, but to make the most of them, you need to make sure you don’t miss out on them. Check your inbox, or log onto the app or website regularly to check out what promotions are currently taking place.


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Anonymous / 18 February 2021