Free Spins & Bonus Spins
In 2017 The UK Gambling Commission started to clamp down on how welcome offers were described by online gambling services. Free bets, free money and free spins at times may not have been a “free bonus” as they instead incurred a wagering condition should a player wish to withdraw winnings after gambling with their bonus. Whilst it’s good news that this area of confusion is sorted out, it has actually led to even more confusion with some brands offering free spins that are free and others offering ones that have wagering terms.
A genuinely free spin offer is where you receive X number of plays – perhaps for making a deposit or joining as a new player – and any winnings generated from those spins are paid into your cash wallet. These winnings will be withdrawable and have no wagering terms. Some sites, such as Bgo.com, call them fair spins. Winnings from these offers tend to be capped.
Are Bonus Spins Free?
A bonus spin is when you’re required to meet a wagering term on any winnings generated from awarded spins. For example, new players on Jumpman Slots can win up to 500 spins on Starburst after making a first deposit. These are awarded to you “free” but after playing the winnings are subjected to a x65 wagering term. We will always refer to such offers as bonus spins!
To add to the confusion, sites do offer no deposit spins to players. For example, Costa Games will offer 5 spins to new sign ups, but any winnings come with a wagering term. So technically they’re no deposit bonus spins. The sooner this confusion is sorted out the better! If you’re visiting a new slot site or casino and aren’t sure whether you’re getting a bonus spin or a free spin then check the wagering terms and conditions. Ideally you’d do this anyway as it’s a good habit to get into. If a site has no wagering terms (e.g PlayOJO) then you don’t need to worry about any wagering conditions.
A Wagering Term (also known as wagering condition) is the amount you wager before a casino will release funds so that you can withdraw. For example you deposit £10 and get a £10 bonus with a x40 wagering term. With this offer you need to play through £400 before you can take out any winnings. The UKGC want to clamp down on this kind of practice so we anticipate that in the future more sites will offer free spins with no wagering, but any wins you receive will be very small.