Whatever type of casino bonus is on offer - 1 hour free play, 100% match, 200% match, sign-up bonus - it eventually comes to a point where you have to release a sum of money from the bonus account into your real money account. In order to 'unlock' the bonus amount, you'll have to wager i.e.
Risk some of your own - often many times more than the bonus is worth.
It's all stated quite clearly in the bonus terms and conditions, but it's not always as easy to understand as you might like.
It's important to remember that you don't have to take out a bonus in order to play at any online casino.
But if you do, make sure you know exactly what's required of you - before you start to play!
A bonus's wagering requirement is the number of times the deposit plus bonus amount must be wagered before the bonus is released.
It varies by bonus and by casino, but on average it's between 20 and 40 times.
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The contributing percentage is the amount that each individual game counts towards the overall wagering requirement.
Think of it like a multiplier: if the wagering on a game only counts as 50%, in effect you have to wager twice as much.
For slots players, the contributing percentage is normally 100%, so the wagering requirement stays at the basic level.
The difficulty starts with games like Baccarat, Blackjack and Roulette.