Due to bad affiliates, spammers and abuse by marketing firms/affiliates on Social Media the UKGC and ASA have rightly cracked down on misleading and sometimes downright fraudulent advertising in the UK market. These vile (and fake!) stories include players suffering from cancer whose lives changed with big slot wins, players winning impossible amounts for the quoted slot/stake the adverts claim and winning jackpots or betting amounts under an alleged bonus which would not be permitted in the casino bonus terms.
The UKGC is leading the way in weeding out these chancers and the casinos with UKGC licenses have been instructed to make sure all advertising is compliant along with their affiliates, as you will see fastpayingcasinos is. This is primarily to specify sign-up offers are for new customers only, you must be 18+ to play and a link to a problem gambling help organization as part of the Responsible Gambling campaign and of course, for clarity, a link to their bonus terms or general terms.
If you’re playing from outside the UK, generally your deposit and match bonus terms will state the deposit plus bonus all becomes one bonus amount and is subject to wagering of say 35x. In other words, deposit 50, get 50 in bonus and you effectively have bonus funds of 100 which will then need to be wagered 35x before turning to withdrawable cash. This may also be limited i.e. a maximum conversion or cash-out of say 2,500 when wagering in completed.
UK Player Bonus Terms and Types
If in the UK, the Gambling Commission have banned casinos from tying in real money to bonus funds and you must ALWAYS be allowed to withdraw your cash balance. This means you effectively have ‘Parachute Bonuses’ whereby you play with real cash first, win real cash with it (this cash play usually will not contribute towards wagering) and can withdraw your cash balance at any time, forfeiting the bonus money. Lose your cash, then you’re under bonus terms playing with bonus funds subject to say a 35x wagering requirement. Due to the fact this favours the player unlike the cash-bonus tie-in system, there is usually a limit to how much withdrawable cash you can convert this too, anything from 2x bonus to 10x or a fixed amount like 5,000.
Some casinos offer a a guaranteed bonus which means that you get an amount designated by your first deposit, say 100, and once you’ve turned this amount over 35x for example, whether on the initial deposit or that and the subsequent deposits combined, you are given it as cash eventually with no wagering or a small wagering requirement of 1x to 5x. So if you play there enough, you’re guaranteed to receive it but it is not able to be played from the start, only being credited to your account once the wagering target is reached.
Claiming or Refusing Bonuses
Bonuses are automatically applied in most cases after signing up, some you can choose to enter a code during sign-up to claim them and rarely with some you need to contact Customer Service to claim afterwards – if that’s the case do this before you start playing! Automatic bonuses are discouraged nowadays and should you be given one you don’t want, contact CS before you play to have the bonus removed! All reputable casinos will do so.
Other Bonus Terms to Note
The terms will exclude certain games which ‘bank’ rewards such as The Wishmaster or Super Monopoly Money, some will only contribute 20 or 50% to wagering if they have a very high RTP figure such as Bloodsuckers or 1429 Uncharted Seas. Your maximum bet including the double-up gamble will be limited too so it’s vital you read the bonus terms. Bonus disputes account for over 60% of casino complaints and arbitration!
Gamble responsibly and enjoy playing your bonus if you take one. Good Luck!