Online Casino Bonus Playthrough Requirements Explained

Added: January 8, 2015

Whenever you accept a bonus in an online casino, you cannot usually just withdraw that bonus cash as soon as you receive the cash. The welcome bonus might be a 100% matching deposit bonus worth up to $/€/£100 and with this kind of bonus, it basically means that the casino operator will double you up on your first deposit and this will give you a total of $/€/£200 to play with ($/€/£100 deposit + $/€/£100 bonus).

Before you can cash out any of the $/€/£100 bonus cash and before you can cash out any of the winnings that you make from this bonus cash, you will be required to complete the playthrough requirements. This term is also often referred to as the wagering requirement and it is something you simply cannot avoid. Players usually have to wager somewhere between 20x and 60x times the bonus amount before a withdrawal is possible.

You may also be required to play through the deposit amount as well. In other words, if you have to wager the $/€/£100 bonus before you can withdraw AND the deposit amount (with a 35x times playthrough requirement) it means that you would have to wager a total of $/€/£3,600 ($/€/£100 bonus cash x 35 playthrough = $/€£3,500 + $/€/£100 deposit = $/€/£3,600). The lower the playthrough/wagering requirement is, the better it is for you.

Most online casino will give you a certain amount of time to complete your wagering requirements and if you fail to complete this within the allotted time, you will lose your bonus cash, leaving you with just your initial deposit. Also remember that you can forfeit your bonus cash at any time. If you don’t want to accept a bonus you don’t have to accept it.

If you would rather not accept the bonus, simply decline the offer when it becomes available. This means that you can play with your deposit amount and you won’t have to complete any playthrough requirements. These playthrough requirements are the most annoying thing for players, but there is no way of getting out of them.

You generally have one week or one month to complete them before the bonus cash and any winnings expire. You should contact the support at your favourite online casino to find out exactly how their playthrough requirements work, or at least read through the bonus terms and conditions prior to accepting a bonus.

Also remember that some online casino games will count more towards completing your playthrough requirements per-dollar-wagered than other games. It’s usually online slot machines and instant win games (online scratchcards etc.) which will count 100% towards completing them, whereas games like certain video pokers, blackjack, roulette and most online poker varieties will only count anywhere from just 1% or 2% up to usually no more than 20% towards completing your playthrough requirements.

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