Online casinos offer generous sign-up deals for new customers, sometimes matching deposits up to a total of £500. It’s not possible of course to simply make a deposit, claim the bonus and then withdraw both pots of money from your account. Gambling companies are sometimes generous, but they are certainly not stupid and there are always certain terms and conditions attached to any casino bonus money new players receive.

In this helpful guide we explain how welcome bonuses typically work and what you should look out for when registering with any casino. Note that all casino bonuses carry terms and conditions that should be read and understood, including that customers must be aged 18+. Please Gamble Responsibly.

Deposit £x and get £x free casino bonuses

Whether it’s matching your deposit or giving you £50 to play with when you deposit £10, it’s very easy to claim a substantial amount in new customer bonus money. Sometimes players will need to insert a certain promotion code when they sign-up or opt in to the offer before making the deposit (e.g. BetVictor Casino).

At other providers, the bonus funds will be automatically added to your account whenever the minimum deposit is made (e.g Betfair). Whatever you need to do will be clearly stated on the page you see before you begin to enter your details so be sure to read it closely. See our matched casino bonuses page for more information.

When can I withdraw the casino welcome bonus money?

The money the online casino sites give you can eventually be withdrawn but you have to earn it first by meeting the wagering requirement. Sometimes bonus money only needs to be wagered 15 times over but at places like Betfair Casino, it’s rather higher at 45 for their main welcome bonus.

Let’s say you’ve gone with Ladbrokes Casino, they have a 20 times wagering requirement and this means that if you claim £50 in bonus money, this £50 needs to be bet 20 times over (£50 x 20 = £1000) before it can be withdrawn. This figure may seem like a lot but it’s one that many players do eventually reach. Your best plan for making it last is to avoid placing large sums on very high-odds bets such a single number on a roulette wheel.

One thing to be aware of is that often each casino site will have a time limit on how long you have to meet the wagering requirement. They are usually fairly generous with these restrictions but they do vary, some offering 14 days while others can give you up to 90.

Different games and different wagering contributions

Every penny on some games counts fully towards the wagering requirement but this is not always the case. Slots, scratch cards and fixed odds games will almost always count 100% towards your wagering goal, other games will be substantially less however. Bonus funds spent on roulette typically contribute around 50-20% and for the likes of baccarat and blackjack it can vary between 50% and 10%. Each online casino provider will have their own wagering contributions table so it’s definitely worth checking this before you begin playing unless you are an avid slots fan.

To highlight what this means, let’s say one site states that funds staked on roulette count 20% towards the bonus requirement. Every £5 spent on roulette will count £1 towards your goal. If your bonus is £50 as in the previous example (£1000 wagering requirement) this means you would need to wager £5000 on roulette if this was the only game you played. Customers are always able to mix and match which games they play so there is no obligation to stick with any particular one as they all combined together to meet the wagering requirement.

Who can take advantage of these large casino sign-up offers?

Providing you haven’t registered before to a certain casino site, you will usually be eligible for any new customer promotions they are running. It doesn’t matter if you’ve held a sportsbook account with them before as the casino is considered a separate entity in most cases. If you’ve been using 888sport for your weekend accumulators for example but haven’t signed-up for 888casino, this will not be an issue.

Be wary that offers do apply to one member per household to stop people claiming four welcome bonuses by using their family members’ details to re-register. A standard rule is that offers will be limited to “one account per customer, meaning one per family, household address, IP Address, email address, telephone number, payment account number.” You also need to be wary of how you make your first deposit as some promotions don’t accept money that comes from e-wallets for instance.

Where can I find more about the new customer promotions?

The details of the welcome bonuses of several top online casinos can be found on our aptly titled Casino Welcome Bonuses page. With several to choose from you, you are likely to have enough bonus funds to keep you busy for a long time. There’s absolute no reason not to make the most of all the promotions on offer as if lady luck happens to desert you, it’s better to lose bonus funds money than your own deposit. After trying several out you will also get a much better idea of what site you prefer most and which has the games selection most suited to your personal taste.