When playing in an online casino today, you can expect to find a variety of different bonuses and these bonuses generally have wagering requirements attached to them. Wagering requirements are also often referred to playthrough requirements and there is no way of getting out of having to complete them, unless you forfeit the bonus winnings, which you can do at any time.
The wagering requirements are there to stop players from simply withdrawing the bonus cash from the casino. If a bonus didn’t have any wagering requirements, players would be able to withdraw the cash and this would leave the casino ‘out of pocket’. The wagering requirements generally range from as little as 10x times the deposit amount up to usually no more than 50x times the bonus amount.
However, most online casino deposit bonuses have an average 30x times wagering requirement attached. An example of this can be explained as follows. When the casino is offering a 100% matching deposit bonus worth up to $/€/£100, it means that you can deposit up to £/€/£100 and the casino will match your deposit penny for penny.
If you deposit, say £25, the casino operator would give you a $/€/£25 bonus, giving you a grand total of $/€/£50 to play with. This bonus might have a 25x times wagering requirement attached to it. In other words, you would have to wager $/€/£625 ($/€/£25 x 25 wagering requirement) before being able to withdraw.
At some casinos, you may also have to wager the bonus amount as well. In this case you would have to wager a total of $/€/£650 instead of $/€/£625 before being able to withdraw. You must also be aware that some games in the casino will count more towards completing the wagering requirements than others.
It’s usually the slot machines and the scratchcards that count 100% towards completing wagering requirements and games like All Aces Video Poker, Blackjack and Roulette count very little towards completing wagering requirements. These also have to be completed within a certain amount of time otherwise you will lose your bonus winnings. This could be one week, one month or even a year. It varies a great deal from one casino to the next.
If you are not sure how much you have left to wager, you can either contact the casino’s customer support or you should easily be able to find this information somewhere when you are signed into your account.