What are the common pitfalls of Free Spins?

What are the common pitfalls of Free Spins?

Meta Description: Many players are on the hunt for free spins and in this article we teach you what to look out for when searching for a good, no deposit deal.

In the world of online bingo bonuses free spins are a hot topic. As with most things, it does however pay to know your onions and the reality is that not all free spins no deposit deals are equal.

In this article our mission is to show you some of the pitfalls you may encounter when chasing the ever elusive, free spin.

Kicking things off, let’s take a look at the Free Spins that come with wagering requirements.

Unless stated otherwise, free spins will generally come with a set of wagering requirements. This means that any winnings from the free spins will be paid as bonus money. It’s important that you remember that bonus money is entirely different to ‘real money’. 

Whilst real money counts towards your withdrawal-able balance, bonus money as a currency is an invention of the casino. Bonus money comes with terms and conditions that decide how bonus funds are to be converted into real, withdraw-able money.

Typically, you’ll notice wagering requirements look something like this ‘65x wagering requirements’. Basically, this means that in order to convert the bonus money into real money, you must gamble the amount 65 times. Clearly in the process of doing this there is a high chance that you will lose the money hence these terms being commonly used by the casinos.

A further restrictive clause commonly used is the placement of various maximum win rules on the free spins. Often, a casino will simply prevent you from winning more than a certain amount, either per free spin or during the whole free spin session. 

Many players may see a free spins offer and be delighted that they’re going to have their pick of all the slot games, typically though this won’t be the case. More often that not a casino will make available only a limited selection of games to be used with the welcome offer, often only one. This can come as a bit of a surprise to those who had in mind a certain game.

A further restrictive term to be on the look out for is an expiry date on the free spins offer. From time to time we hear of brands which put a time limit on when a free spins offer can be claimed. The timer starts on player registration.  It’s hard to imagine a reason why you wouldn’t enjoy your free spins as soon as you register, but at the same time, we can feel disappointment that would ensue on realising the spins have expired. 

The final pitfall we’re going to make you aware of is the difference in definition between free spin and bonus spin. Generally speaking, the word ‘free’ should mean that the spin pays out in real money, whereas ‘bonus’ should indicate that the spin pays out in bonus funds. Unfortunately though, there isn’t really clarity in presentation of the free spin/bonus spin offers, so the best way of gaining the full picture is to read all of the significant that apply.

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