The Disadvantages of Online Casino Bonuses

Many players in New Zealand are familiar with the advantages of casino bonuses. Almost as many players balk in disbelief when they find out that a seemingly great promotional deal also has disadvantages.

Those words are not the end of your days of playing online pokies with ‘free’ money. We are not about to tell you that bonuses are a waste of time, because that is not true. Instead, we want you to be aware of the most common disadvantages, so you can make sure you get the most out of the rewards that you receive.

Whether you receive a deposit match or a no deposit offer, they come with certain conditions attached. When you are aware of them and know what they mean, you can make the best decisions for you and your gaming.

Restricted Availability

Some pokies bonus offers are available across all a brand’s local sites, while others may be restricted to a specific territory. If you stick to the site specifically for players in New Zealand, there is almost no chance of being disappointed by an offer aimed at another region.

However, if you search comparison websites for promotional offers, you might find an offer made by your brand, and not be told that it is for players in another country.

Expiration Dates

If more players had known about this disadvantage of casino bonuses, many a broken heart would have been left whole. A reward generally has an expiry date, and if you do not use it by then, you lose it.

The time period in which they are valid changes from offer to offer. Some are available for a weekend, others for a week, and yet others for a month or more. Before accepting an offer, check that you are happy with the amount of time you have in which to use it.

Game Limitations 

Many pokies bonus offers are limited to certain games. This means the money you get from the online casino can be used to play those titles only.

This is disadvantageous to some players in New Zealand because they have already played those titles, and would prefer something else. In some cases, they simply want to choose reels for themselves, while in other cases, it is because they also want to play table games. If you prefer choosing titles for yourself, check that casino bonuses you claim are not limited to specific releases.

Wagering Requirements

If you had to ask most players who use incentives regularly what they think is the biggest disadvantage, most would probably say the wagering requirements. Such a requirement is the amount of money you need to deposit before you can withdraw a pokies bonus from your account.

The requirements are usually given as multipliers of the amount of money you received. For example, if you receive NZ$200 from the site, and it comes with a 10x wagering requirement, you need to deposit NZ$2000 before you can withdraw it.

Payout Restrictions

Very few brands do not place some restrictions on payouts and withdrawals, and these can include limitations or requirements specific to casino bonuses.

Regular daily withdrawal limits tend to be quite high, so unless you need to withdraw thousands upon thousands of dollars, those should never be a problem. Withdrawal without a deposit limits are usually low. For example, if you play online pokies with no deposit free money, and win NZ$3000, some brands will let you withdraw NZ$300 or another amount only, without requiring you to first make a deposit.

Familiarise yourself with these disadvantages. It’s one of the best ways to take advantage of the advantages of a juicy promotional deal, and enjoy plenty more chances to win.