If you are new to online casinos it can seem a bit confusing, what with all the new rules and bonuses on offer. Most casinos offer some kind of welcome bonus to new customers and, with all the different offers available, it can be hard to decipher just what you are being offered but with a bit of prior knowledge they are easy to decipher.

The first thing to note is that most casinos offer different bonuses with different terms and conditions so it is important to read those before proceeding. But here is a general guide to online bonuses:

Welcome bonus
This pretty much does what it says on the tin, it is a bonus to get you to sign up to a particular casino. This is probably the most popular type of casino bonus and pretty much any casino will offer you a welcome bonus to get you to play.

There are usually two types of bonus; a percentage bonus which is based on the amount of money loaded into an account, so the casino will give say 50 per cent extra on top of your deposit.  Meanwhile other casinos will even offer bonuses of up to 500 per cent of your additional deposit. Some casinos also offer matched bonuses, where for every pound you deposit they will match that, up to a certain amount.

It is also worth noting that many casinos have certain restrictions in place before you can withdraw your money, sometimes you need to wager up to ten times what you were given so before signing up read the small print. While some casinos also exclude certain types of games like roulette from the bonus.

Reload bonus/loyalty bonuses
In order to stop you moving casinos to get another welcome bonus, some casinos offer a reload bonus which gives you a bonus when you reload your account with them.

Some casinos also offer bonuses to players who have been with their casino for some time in order to reward their loyalty.

No deposit bonus
Some casinos offer a no deposit bonus which basically means they credit your account when you sign up and you don’t need to deposit anything. However, this is often a very small amount and there are likely to be restrictions in place before you can withdraw.

Preferred deposit bonuses
Some casinos give these out when you use the payment system they prefer.

High Roller
These are basically for the players who place very high stakes on games and deposit large sums.

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