No Deposit Bonus Intro
No Deposit Bonuses are by far the most popular online casino bonuses available. A No Deposit Bonus is a free bonus you receive when signing up for a new account at an online casino, this can be free bonus money or no deposit free spins. As the title says, you don’t have to make a deposit in order to receive these free bonuses on your new casino account, hence the popularity. The no deposit bonus is in effect a “try before you buy” so you can look around and test out an online casino and if you get lucky, you could even walk away with a decent win from zero risk.
There are often many restrictions on the bonus, for example selected slots only, wagering or play-through requirements, time limits, maximum winnings levels, etc. So make sure you always read the Terms and Conditions carefully so you know which rules you need to stick by. As you can see from our online slots guide site, whilst virtually all casino sites offer welcome bonuses, very few offer no deposit bonuses, so provided the terms are fair these types of offers should still be snapped up!
There is one big no deposit bonus success story I can give you as an example though… On 10th August 2016 one lucky German player registered with Casino Rizk, took advantage of the Wheel of Rizk no deposit spin and turned his no deposit bonus into 64,000 Euro’s!
Here is an overview of the best no deposit casino bonuses on offer. Be sure to read the terms and conditions attached to the bonuses, certain bonuses may occasionally vary from country to country.
All No Deposit Bonuses
Note: A sticky casino bonus means the bonus itself is not withdraw-able once the wagering has been completed, A cashable casino bonus on the other hand is yours to keep once you have completed any wagering requirements.
Archived bonus page: Recurring no deposit bonuses
No deposit bonus & no deposit free spins
Let’s not mince our words here, these are very often pretty much pointless and as such we are only going to list a limited few no deposit bonuses as we have weeded out the wheat from the chaff. The usual no deposit bonus is somewhere between €5 and €10 or it can be in a number of free spins.
There will be play through rules attached and there will often be a maximum possible amount you can win. And in some cases you will have to actually make a deposit before you can claim the winnings. You would have to spend a few hours, be very lucky and be very disciplined in order to cash out from a no deposit bonus. But in most cases you will lose the no deposit bonus within minutes. That is the reality of it.
This does not mean these bonuses are worthless. Of course they are not, there is always the possibility of getting money for nothing and it is also free entertainment even if you don’t win anything. It can also just be a nice little add-on for you or you can use the no deposit bonus to test out the casino before you make a deposit with your own money. You can use it to check their software, their games, if the bonus is granted easily, etc. Make sure the casino is decent before spending your own hard earned cash there.
The big $777, $888, $1000, $1500, $2000 and $3000 no deposit bonuses
This is another type of no deposit bonus. With these you generally get 60 minutes to play with a big virtual lump of cash. The usual rules are that you have something like a x2 or x5 play through requirement and after that is completed you can convert a maximum of $20-$100 to your real money balance.
The catch is that you have to make a real money deposit ($20-$100) in order to receive the bonus that you have “won”. What’s more is that this so called free money is not only tied to a ridiculously high play through requirement but also there will often be a maximum cash out amount from this bonus plus deposit. And if you manage to get lucky enough to win a progressive jackpot… the casino might not pay this out!
These kinds of offers are the worst kind of offer, a legal scam designed to get you to deposit but with no chance of you ever getting even your money back.
(Edit: Not all of these types of no deposit bonus are as bad as we describe… we just feel you should be aware of all the small print to make sure the casino you choose does not have any scammy terms and conditions)
Casino whoring / Bonus whoring
You may well have heard of casino whoring – a.k.a bonus whoring- before. If not then here is a very brief explanation:
The principle is to join a casino, take the welcome bonus, play through the wagering requirements and cash out. Whatever you cash out you take to the next casino and repeat the process. Repeat this process over dozens and dozens of casinos, starting with the bonuses with the smallest maximum deposit and building up to the bonuses where you can deposit thousands. In theory you can start with a tenner and walk away with thousands and thousands.
Some common phrases attached to no deposit bonuses:
- Free Spins No Deposit
- No Deposit Bonus Codes
- USA Casino No Deposit Bonus Codes
- NetEnt Casino Free Spins
- No Deposit Free Spins
- NetEnt Free Spins
- USA Casino No Deposit
- No Deposit Casino Bonus
- No Deposit Bonus No Max Cash Out
Let’s get one thing straight
If you think simply trying to whore casino bonuses will make you money then you are very much mistaken. The casinos very very quickly cottoned onto this system of trying to beat the casino. It is for this reason they have imposed very strict wagering requirements and other terms and conditions like a 2-4 week expiry period on bonuses.
Let’s take a standard bonus as an example. 100% first deposit bonus up to $100. Wagering requirements 40x deposit. You will deposit the $100 and have a balance of $200. In order to cash out your bank balance you will have to wager a total of $4,000.
In most instances the player will have blown their $200 balance well before they reach the magic $4000 wagering figure.
So what tactics do people employ when using their casino bonus? Well some play the same tactics that they always use. Others use the bonus as a chance to double or treble their staking level in the hope they hit big and then switch to low stakes to play out the remaining wagering requirements. But with both these tactics most players blow their deposit before ever cashing out. They then move on to the next casino.
Other rookie mistakes
Most bonus whores will open casino accounts willy-nilly with no research other than what bonus can I get. The problem with this is of course that they can land themselves with ridiculous wagering requirements, sneaky clauses or simply end up at a casino which will rob you. There are just so many rogue and dishonest casinos out there that by signing up to just any casino means you are more likely than not to end up at a bad one. There are still some good casinos out there and it is imperative to only ever register with these ones.
Another big mistake people make is that they will sign up to a casino and jump straight in to playing games. You really need to know the slot you are going to play and need to research the rtp of the slots. If you enter a new casino and randomly start playing slots then again it is more likely than not you will blow your deposit and bonus in next to no time.
Finally there is of course the question of spam and hacking. The more accounts you hold open, the more your personal details are spread across the internet, the more spam phone calls, text messages, post and email you are going to get. But worst of all the more chance that one of your accounts could get hacked or that one of the rogue casinos you signed up to will sell your contact details on to unscrupulous third parties.
Pro Bonus Whoring Guide
There is still potential money to be made from bonus whoring. Of course there is. You just have to be clever about it and follow these simple rules:
1) Only play at trusted casinos
2) Always read the terms and conditions very carefully
3) Try and stick to one software provider at a time **
4) Carefully select your slots, watch the rtp and practice before you play **
5) Don’t sway from your strategy or get greedy
6) Cash out as soon as you have cleared your wagering requirements
7) Understand that you will sometimes lose your deposit and bonus even if you do everything right
** We advise this so that you are more in tune with the slots you will be playing. By playing random slots at random casinos you are less likely to know exactly what you are doing or forget what you have learned up to now.
Always read the Terms and Conditions!!!
Here is one random example of the terms and conditions from a no deposit bonus:
2.1. Players who received a free no deposit bonus prior to making their first deposit (e.g., free sign up bonus, free games or other), will be required to make at least one successful purchase in order to request a withdrawal of winnings. Once the purchase has been made and approved the player will be able to withdraw his or her winnings and deposit amount.
2.2. Free sign up bonus must be turned over 50 times before any withdrawal request is made and can be claimed only once per computer or household. Play at certain games will contribute a different percentage to the play-through requirements.
2.3. The maximum withdrawal amount for any free no deposit bonus and free games (free spins) is $100 (or the corresponding amount in the account currency) voiding any exceeding funds from the player’s balance.
2.4. Any winnings made from free games (free spins) will be added to the player’ bonus balance and must be turned over towards the playthrough requirements.
2.5. Free games (free spins) are available to play only in the downloadable and flash version of the Casino. Some games are only available either in the downloadable or the flash casino and cannot be transferred or changed.
2.6. Players from the following countries are not eligible to participate in any free no deposit bonus or free game promotions unless mentioned otherwise: Brazil, China, Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Macau, Mexico, Pakistan, Thailand and India.