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gbAdamH1990
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12 January 2015 - 6:33pm

Casino Bonuses and are they worth the trouble?

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Hello all!!

I was on coral casino and they had a offer which was called, Jackpot winner wanted, wager £50 + on Gladiator Or monty python's Spamalot holy grail and get upto £250 back and even if you don't win the jackpot you still get the bonus!. So i thought that sounds good £250 for spending £50. So i did this, i bet £5 per spin on spamalot and won quite a bit but i wagered that too, So i think i spent the best part of £70 + on spamalot and received the bonus of £5 not £250, When i asked a live chat agent she said it was randomly awarded. but i said £50 for £5 ? how does that work?. im pretty hacked off. I will be getting in touch with coral to see where i went wrong. but a costly mistake!!.

So my question to you players! Are any bonuses no matter how good they are, Are they really worth the hassle? me personally wont bother with bonuses, il stick to bonus rounds on games!. Has anyone here tried this bonus on coral? It ended last night and bonuses received by 3pm monday 12th jan,

What is the key to make a bonus worth it and have a jolly good experience? What i mean is, how to get a bonus but not make a mistake like this again. I read T&C, But i swear blind did not read it would be awarded randomly.....

Sorry for ranting and writing a essay, i just wish bonuses where more clear in someway!

All the best
Adam

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12 January 2015 - 8:02pm
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Adam, I would vote yes. I have cleared through two bonuses recently, including a no-deposit bonus at Bovada with a 100x play through. Sometimes the bonuses aren't worth it, but if you can haul in a 30x or better bonus then go for it.

Just make sure to read your terms and conditions as there are a lot of things the casinos will try to nab you on.

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17 January 2015 - 5:24am
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The answer to this one is (and sorry in advance): it all depends.

Personally I would not bother with a bonus with a 100x playthrough. But then along comes someone like slim who says he just cleared a free chip with those wagering requirements and pocketed some free cash.

My rule of thumb is I won't claim a bonus with a wagering requirement of more than 30x the bonus. The reason is in the vast majority of cases that either makes it mathematically likely that I will lose because of the high wagering requirements, or it will just be a long and boring slog to play through it all. If the wagering reqs are 30x or less then I'll look into it. Bonuses with very low wagering requirements, such as 20xB or lower, are often worth taking because they can give you a mathematical advantage over the casino that makes you more likely to win than lose. The casinos know that of course, so they are very rare these days.

If you want to be able to withdraw the minute you have a big win and not be forced into playing any longer than you want or need to, then either don't claim bonuses or only claim bonuses that allow you to withdraw early, or post wager bonuses.

Bonuses that allow early withdrawal are rare but a few casinos I have played at recently have them, such as Guts Casino, LeoVegas, and Royal Panda. The way it works is that say for example they give you £50 in bonus when you deposit £50, you are able to withdraw without meeting any wagering requirements so long as your balance never drops from £100 to below £50 (i.e. you don't touch the bonus money). As soon as you make a bet that uses bonus funds, then you are locked in to meeting the requirements. I think it is a good compromise, especially if you get lucky and hit a big early win.

Post wager bonuses are ones that the casino gives you after you have met the wagering requirements. For example, you deposit £50 and they will give you another £50 not straight away, but after you have wagered say £2000 in total. If you win early and want to withdraw, you can do so and forget about playing for the post-wager reward.

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18 January 2015 - 8:23pm
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I think from now on i wont bother with bonuses!. I like to be able to withdraw my funds when ever i have a win , If i say i won £100 id withdraw £50 and keep £50 on the game, it keeps my bank roll in check and also my bank in check!. but i dont generally win much at the moment! Ive hit a stroke of bad luck!. but yeah bonuses less then 20x i may consider but if they are rare as you say then i wont bother i think, its safer for me and keeps my bank roll in check!

Thanks for the replies 's guys!.

Adam

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19 January 2015 - 9:03am
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I usually don't play unless I have a good deposit bonus. The way I see it, the chances of winning is not good anyway, so why not give yourself an extended opportunity to win. If you win big while using a bonus, most likely you will clear the wagering requirements If you wager the right way.

Having said that, there are bonuses that I avoid. For example, last week Aladdin's Gold was giving 25% cash back, If you lose. After I lost, my cash back bonus was $34. The only problem was that they had maximum cash out of 10X. I told them to remove the bonus from account. I avoid any bonus that has more than 30x playthrough or a cash out limit.

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20 January 2015 - 12:10am
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Sound advice newflorida. I won't take a bonus with max cashout restrictions either. It would be just my luck to hit a monster win and find I could only keep a fraction of it.

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