Many online casinos entice players to their site with the offer of a free spins bonus. Here at Casino.com we have a particularly generous 200 free spins* to give away to our new players who sign up for the first time and make a qualifying deposit. We also double that deposit, just to sweeten the deal even further!
In this article we hope to clarify exactly what the term ‘free spins' means when applied to online casinos. We will look at the different type of free spin offers, and provide definitions for terms like ‘wagering requirements', which can occasionally be confusing to those not familiar with the world of online casino gaming.
Let's start with the basics: what are free spins? Well, these allow players to spin the reels of an online slot game without needing to pay any of their own money to do so. Many games will have free spin bonus rounds where this applies, and where players get to spin the reels for free without having to pay extra. Often free spins on particular games or groups of games are offered by online casinos as an incentive for players to play with them.
Here are some of the different types of free spins available:
In-Game Free Spins
Many online slot games will feature a free spin bonus round. This bonus round is normally triggered by the player finding a certain amount of special symbols – called ‘scatter' symbols, as they can be scattered across the reels – to unlock the bonus game. Often these free spin rounds include other special features like multipliers or extra wild symbols to help boost your winnings. For example when playing the popular ‘Wolf Gold' slot, three scatter symbols unlocks 5 free spins. During this round the middle three reels of the slot spin together as one huge symbol, offering the chance to hit some big wins.
Deposit Free Spins
The most common type of free spin offer provided by online casinos is when players are offered a quantity of free spins in return for their making a deposit to that casino. The Casino.com welcome offer is an example of this, where a deposit of $10 or more (check T&Cs for country-specific details) is enough to trigger the free spin offer. New players can claim 40 free spins to use on any of the Cash Collect slot games as soon as they make the qualifying deposit. Then just by logging in to their account each of the next 8 days – without needing to make another deposit – they can claim an additional 20 free spins per day, making a grand total of 200.
No Deposit Free Spins
As the name may suggest, this is a type of free spin offer which give free spins to a player without requiring them to make a deposit. In this case the player may only be required to log in to their account in order to claim the free spins. Alternatively, players can be asked to wager a certain amount on a specific slot game in order to earn the free spins, so if their account is already funded no further deposit will be required. For example, a player may be asked to wager a total of $20 on a particular slot, and regardless of whether they make a profit or loss at the end, they will be given 20 additional free spins to play on the same slot. This is often used as a way to get players to try out a new slot game that they may not be familiar with.
No Wagering Free Spins
Most of the free spins offers we have mentioned above include what are known as ‘wagering requirements'. To use the Casino.com welcome package example once again, money won from the free spins must be ‘wagered' 20 times before it transforms from ‘bonus money' to ‘cash money' which can be withdrawn from your account. So if you win $20, you must bet $20 x 20 = $400 in order for the winnings to become withdrawable. And remember, it doesn't matter whether you win more with those winnings or whether you lose, it is just about how much you bet. No Wagering Free Spins are those where any winnings immediately become ‘cash money' and can be withdrawn immediately.
Promotions & Offers at Casino.com
While we have mostly referenced the Casino.com welcome bonus when discussing free spin offers, in fact we offer a range of different bonus types to our existing players. Either check out the Promotion Pages or else look out for the latest offers arriving to your email in-box. You can be sure that there will be plenty of free spin offers winging your way, as we like to offer our players lots of different promotions to suit all types of casino gamer.
*Check terms and conditions to confirm which welcome offer applies to your country of residence.
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