Wagering Requirements

Online casinos offer free money in the form of deposit bonuses, no deposit bonuses, refer-a-friend bonuses, special bonuses, loyalty bonuses, and so on. However, these bonuses are not really “free,” but associated with wagering requirements, meant to protect the casinos from fraud.

This means that players cannot withdraw their bonuses and winnings until and unless they have wagered their bonuses plus the deposit amount that helped them earn this bonus a specific number of times within the deadline specified by the casino.

Different online casinos have different types of wagering requirements associated with their bonuses. For instance, some casinos might offer only “sticky” bonuses, meaning that players can never withdraw the bonus amount, but only the money won using the bonus after they have satisfied the wagering requirements. Some casinos require players to play through only their bonus amounts in order to release the winnings.

For instance, if a casino offers a deposit bonus of 100 percent on players’ first deposits and if a player deposits $10 and gets a bonus of $10 and if the casino’s wagering requirements are 10x players’ deposit plus bonus amounts, players are required to wager $20 ten times or $200 before they can withdraw their winnings.

General Terms and Conditions on How Wagering Requirements Work

Players can satisfy their wagering requirements by wagering on casino games. For instance, if the wagering requirement for $100 bonus is 10x, players have to spend $1000 on casino games. Once they have spent $1000, they are free to withdraw their winnings plus bonus amount.

Players should also note that some casino games, especially those with a low house edge, will only contribute only a small percentage toward fulfilling wagering requirements. For instance, if players spend $100 on slots, they would have cleared $100 of their bonuses; but if they spend $100 on video poker, they would have cleared only $40 of their bonuses.


Examples of Wagering Requirements

Wagering requirements at RTG casinos

Real Time Gaming (RTG) casinos offer very generous welcome and deposit bonuses, and although the wagering terms and bonus conditions vary slightly from casino to casino, the way wagering requirements work at most RTG casinos are similar.

Players have to play through the bonus plus deposit amounts a certain number of times, as specified by the casino, before withdrawing their winnings. If they request payouts before satisfying the wagering requirements, they will lose their bonuses as well as winnings.

At RTG casinos, only a third of the bets placed on Texas Hold’em Bonus Poker, Blackjack, and Video Poker will contribute toward clearing wagering requirements.

Wagering requirements at Microgaming casinos

Most Microgaming casinos offer players generous no-deposit welcome bonuses and challenge them to win as many cash prizes as possible using that bonus within a specified time frame. The winnings can be withdrawn once players meet the wagering requirements.

Microgaming casinos follow the clear play bonus system, enabling players to withdraw their deposit bonuses any time. This system divides players’ gaming accounts into bonus money balance and real money balance. Players can always withdraw funds from their real money balance.

Deposit bonuses are credited into players bonus money balance and transferred to real money accounts in small increments as soon as wagering requirements are met.