Casinos want to help their players have as productive and enjoyable a time on their site as possible. Sometimes new players in the online casino world need a bit of encouragement and, other times, experienced players want to be able to test-drive a site before making a big real money commitment. In order to fulfil these different players’ needs, and to help build loyalty, online casinos often offer bonuses to new members or bonuses for first-time deposits into a casino account.
When online casinos were first starting out, the generosity of sites offering such bonuses was abused by players out to cheat the system, rather than enjoy the game. They would open various accounts to exploit the benefits of multiple welcome bonuses. This is a type of fraud which resulted in widespread losses to various online casinos and is a practice which must be limited in order to ensure that online casinos can continue to encourage and reward new players.
It is worth remembering that online casinos are undertaking financial risk when they offer first-time bonuses and that they are placing trust in new players whose reliability they cannot yet be sure of. In order to protect themselves, online casinos now subscribe to what is known as ‘Wagering Requirements’ or ‘Play Through Requirements’. These are rules which help protect and sustain online casinos, making them a necessary feature in the online gaming community.
While they may not be particularly popular amongst players, they should not have a large impact upon players who visit casinos for recreational purposes and should only negatively impact individuals looking to exploit and harm online casinos.
How Play Through Requirements Work
The sorts of bonuses which online casino sites offer to novice players or to players new to the site include the match deposit bonus, this is where casinos essentially double their players’ first deposit by offering an amount equal to the amount that the player first stakes. As you can imagine, such generosity is easily open to abuse and, in order to safeguard casino interests, protective measures have been introduced.
As such, before players can access the money or points associated with their welcome bonus, they must first play through a sum of money, which amounts to their deposit multiplied by a certain number set by the casino.
For example, if a player receives a match deposit bonus of 100% up to 50.00, this means that the casino will match a deposit of 50.00 with another 50.00. If the wagering requirements for this bonus are x30, it means that the 50.00 bonus money must be used in the casino a minimum of 30 times.
It is worth noting that the number depends on the casino and the game being played. No winnings can be cashed out until this sum has been met.
Sometimes the wagering requirement is associated with a particular game, especially if the bonus came in the form of free spins rather than a match deposit bonus. When free spins are included in a bonus package they are usually only playable on one particular slot machine, if they come with play through requirements then these are usually also attached to the same slot.
Terms and Conditions of Play Through Requirements
The Terms and Conditions of play through requirements can be easily found under a casino’s general Terms and Conditions. A good casino will be fully transparent when it comes to their wagering requirements and so there should be no unpleasant surprises for players. Sometimes a play through requirement will have a time limit attached to it, which means that the player will need to play through the bonus within a certain time frame or risk losing their deposit. Any player who does not abide by the wagering requirements can be banned from the casino.
The play through requirement model is vital in helping to protect casinos, allowing them to offer their services to future generations of gamers. Play through requirements help deter fraudsters out to damage the industry and help to encourage new players to hone their skills and develop their gaming talents.
The more time spent playing on one site means more time getting accustomed to the site format and particularities. This level of familiarity generally helps players to perform better across all games hosted on the site.
At the end of the day, it is important to create a base of mutual respect and trust upon which a gaming relationship can be established between casino and player.