How a Percentage Bonus Works
The amount of the bonus is not always completely transparent. You will see the amount of the bonus at first sight, as this is what the casino is promoting. The percentage, however, is what makes it interesting.
For example, a bonus of €100 will vary depending on if it’s 100% or 50%. If it is 100% up to €100, then it means that you can deposit up to €100 and receive that amount on your casino account as a bonus.
If it’s 50% up to €100 then if you make a 1st deposit of €100 and you will receive €50 from the casino. That means that you have to keep an eye on not only the actual amount the casino bonus explicitly shows but also the percentage it gives.
Bonus Validity Period
Most online casinos have a validity period for your bonus set. This means that from the day you make your 1st deposit and claim your welcome package, there will be a period in which you can use it. Usually, it runs around 30 days but it varies so it is important that you check the individual casino.
After the period has ended you will no longer be able to use the bonus spins or other bonuses you have claimed. That’s why it’s important that you check this before you create an account.
Bonus Wagering Requirements
Online casinos use different methods to keep you playing and to keep the prizes within the casinos. That is also why there is something called wagering requirements. They can be anything from 1x – 60x. One meaning that you basically just have to play it through as you win it and 60 meaning that you have to play your bonus through 60 times before you can withdraw your prize from the casino.
So what does this actually mean? It means that if you have a bonus of €10 then you have to bet a total of €600 before you have played the money free. Usually, online casinos have a wagering requirement of around 35x.
Anything higher than that is considered high requirements. More casinos are starting to offer that you have to play through your bonus 10x. This is considered quite a good wagering requirement.
Casino Games Bonuses and Contribution
You most likely haven’t heard about game-weighting, but it is actually a thing. Some online casinos only allow you to use your bonus on certain games. This means that only these games will contribute towards playing your casino bonus. You have to make sure you are aware of which games that is. It could be only live table games, or alternative games like scratch cards and online bingo variations.
Some casino bonuses will give tell you that you can only use your bonus spins at a certain slot. That will usually be stated very clearly in the welcome bonus offer on display.
Popular Online Casino Bonus Types
There are a number of different casino bonuses available to Irish players. The most popular overarching bonus is a welcome bonus, usually offered in one of three different forms – a match deposit bonus, no deposit bonus or free spins bonus
Match Deposit Bonus
The match deposit bonus is the most common option. Here, Irish players will be required to sign up to the casino and make an account. To be eligible for the bonus, they will then need to put down the minimum deposit (minimum amount required to qualify). Once this is out of the way, you will get your deposit matched by a specified percentage. It can be anywhere from 50% to 400% depending on the offer – up to a predetermined maximum amount.