Should I chose a casino with a large bonus?
No. you should never let the size of a bonus guide you in your choice of casino. A casino is not necessary a good casino just because they offer a large bonus. The truth is in fact often the opposite. The best casinos do not need to offer large bonuses to attract new clients. It is usually mostly second tier casinos and new casinos that offer large bonuses in the hope of attracting more players.
This does not mean that all casinos that offer a large bonus are bad. They might be the best option for you. But the fact remains that most casinos offer a bonus and the best choice is therefor to find the best possible casino and register to get their bonus. A small bonus in a good casino is worth more than a large bonus in a bad casino.
It is also important to know that a large bonus is not the same as a generous bonus. How generous a bonus is depends just as much on the wager requirements as on the bonus size. A smaller bonus with a low wager requirement will always be more generous than a large bonus with a high bonus requirement.
No Deposit bonus
A no deposit is a bonus that is 100% free. It does not cost anything to get these bonuses and you do usually not have to enter a credit card number to get them. I recommend avoiding any no deposit bonus that require you to provide the casino with your credit card info. In that case it is better to choose a different casino.
The casinos offer a no deposit bonus so that you can try their casino without having to deposit any money. They do this because they hope you are going to like playing casino games and that you are going to start playing for your own money. The casino offer these bonuses to allow you to try their casino. There is nothing wrong in collecting the bonuses from several casinos before you decide which one you like and want to deposit money at.
To get a no deposit bonus you usually only have to register at the casino and verify your email address. Once you have verified your email address you can log in to the casino and find the bonus money waiting for you. In some cases the bonus money is deposited into your account the next day.
If you win money while playing using your bonus then your winnings are usually subject to a wager requirement that you need to meet before you are able to withdraw the money.
The welcome bonus is a bonus you get when you make your first deposit. These bonuses can often be rather large. Some casinos offer several thousand in welcome bonus. Other casinos offer a lot less. The welcome bonus is usually presented as a percentage up to a maximum bonus.
A casino might offer 200% bonus up to $400. This means that you get twice the amount you deposit as a bonus and that you can get up to $400 in bonus. To get $400 in bonus you need to deposit $200. If you deposit $200 you end up with $600 in your account for you to play with.
Most casinos only offer a bonus on your first deposit but some will give you a bonus on your first 3 or 4 deposit. There are a few casinos that give you a bonus on every deposit.
All bonuses are subject a wager requirement
The wager requirement is the amount of money you need to bet before your bonus is truly yours. Before you have met the wager requirement you can not withdraw the bonus. In many casinos you are unable to withdraw any money at all before you met the wager requirement.
The size of the wager requirement is usually tied to the size of your bonus. You usually have to turn over your bonus a certain number of timer before you have met the wager requirement. Common requirement varies between 25 and 40 times the bonus size.
If you got $400 in bonus and the wager requirement is x40 then you need to bet a total of 16 000 before you meet the requirements (400*40=16 00). Some casinos based the wager requirement on the bonus size. Other bases it on the combined size of the bonus and the deposit.
Not all games are equal
It is very important to know that not all games are counted the same way towards the wager requirement. Some games might not count at all or with only a fraction of the actual bet size. An example of this is blackjack. Blackjack usually only counts with 10% of the bet towards the wager requirement. This means that you need to wager 10 times more money to meet the wager requirement if you play blackjack.
In the example above this would mean that you have to bet $160 000 to meet the wager requirement playing BlackJack. It can sometimes be better not to accept any bonus if you are going to play blackjack or other games with similar low value. Otherwise you might be unable to withdraw your money until you bet an obscenely large amount of money.
Make sure that you always check the wager requirement and the value of the games you want to play before you accept a bonus.