A casino online is not going to give players money for free. If they did, what would stop players just taking hundreds of euros in free cash and withdrawing it to their banks? To ensure that this does not happen, casinos put “wagering requirements” on their bonuses.
In short, this means that before a player can withdraw their winnings, they must wager the bonus figure a certain number of times. Wagering requirements (also known as playthrough rates, or turnovers) are often expressed as a number followed by “x”, with the “x” representing “times”. They work like this.
If you claim a bonus which is valued at €100, and it has 20x wagering requirements, it means that you must wager that €100 a total of 20 times before you can withdraw your winnings. In short, this means that after claiming a €100 bonus, you must wager €2,000 before you can withdraw.
This might seem rather harsh, but almost all casino online bonuses and promotions come with wagering requirements, and 20x is on the lower-end of the scale. If you see a promotional with wagering requirements of 40x or greater, it is best to avoid it. The lower the wagering requirements, the quicker you can withdraw your winnings.
When trying to fulfil wagering requirements, it is important to note that not all games contribute to the fulfilment of wagering requirements evenly. After all, you’ve got a better chance of winning on some games than others. Typically, wagering €1 on slots will see you knock 100% of that bet (€1) off your wagering requirements. However, the same is not true for all other games.
The same €1 wagered on video poker, and table games such as blackjack, roulette, etc, may only knock 50% off your wagering requirements (so, €0.50), or less. Check these betting contributions out before you claim any offer.