What is a No Deposit Free Spin?
No deposit means exactly what it means – that you do not have to deposit any money to a casino. Adding the word free spins to this means that you get “free” spins only by registration. Well, I marked the word free as “free” since nothing in life comes for free, right?
There is also this dreaded thing called “wagering requirement”, meaning that you must wager your earnings from the spins a set amount of times before the winnings are yours. That’s why a lot of casinos call their spins “bonus spins” nowadays. We’ll get to the real term “free spins” down below.
No deposit free spins are a way for a casino to register to their casino without having to worry about losing any money. While this is true – winning any real money with these types of spins is next to impossible. What usually happens is that a player wins some money, but can’t withdraw it so they start to deposit more in order to meet the wagering requirement.
There are, unfortunately, some casino’s that require you to do a deposit before you withdraw your winnings, even though you have succeeded in meeting the wagering requirement with your free spins alone.
What are Bonus Spins?
In contrast to free spins, bonus spins are not free. You get them either through playing for the money you already have, or by doing a deposit. You could say that you get these spins as a “bonus” when you perform a certain action.
In this case – the most common one is to deposit money through a match bonus, which is a type of welcome bonus where a casino match your first deposit up to a certain amount.
A lot of casinos have decided to brand their spins instead of calling them bonus spins, as a way to not show people that they are not “free”. For example, a casino like Instacasino uses the term “wish spins”.
What are the Real Free Spins?
Whenever you play at a slot machine, you make a real money bet every time you spin the wheels. With free spins – you don’t do that bet. You can, however, not decide the value of this bet, and the standard amount is usually around £0.1. There are also free to play slots – in case you would want to try the slot out before depositing any money or using your free spins
It might sound confusing with all of these terms, but a free spin is something you could both get in a welcome bonus, but also while playing at a slot machine, in what’s called “Free Spins Bonus Features”, that is unlocked whenever you perform a certain task or get a certain combination on the reels. Casinomartini has a great list of new slot machines, by the way.
I would only call these type of spin free spin if they are not hidden behind any type of wagering requirement.
This is where the term no wager free spins come in handy. Its common that a casino offers a welcome bonus in the form of a match bonus where there has to be a minimum deposit that is prevented from withdrawal until the wagering requirement is met but that also comes with free spins that are not hidden behind this requirement. Meaning that the winnings from these spins can be withdrawn whenever you feel like it! Now we’re talking free!
How does the Match Bonus Work?
A match bonus is the most essential part in a welcome bonus. This means that a casino matches your first deposit up to a certain amount. For example, a pretty standard casino welcome bonus is 100% up to £100. This means that if you deposit £100 you will have £200 to play for. This kind of bonus ALWAYS come with a wagering requirement of at least x30.
How do the Wagering Requirements Work?
The wagering requirement is the amount in which you have to wager/bet in order for you to transpose the “bonus money” over to the real money fund. This amount often looks scarier than it is, since if you deposit £200 – how would you ever meet the wagering requirement of £6000? The things is that every bet you make counts towards the wagering requirement. So if you play with £50, you lose to 25, you go up to 100 then down to 25 then up to 50 again, you have already wagered 100 without anything happening to your current balance.