On rare occasions, some online casinos will set your wagering limits based on your lowest amount wagered compared to your highest amount wagered. For example, if they say your maximum bet can be no greater than 5x your minimum bet whilst playing a bonus, then if your lowest bet was $5, your highest bet cannot be more than $25.
It’s definitely best not to forfeit your bonus by violating these rules. Again, you need to read through the Terms & Conditions thoroughly to see if any such rule exists.
The reason that a few casinos phrase the rule this way is so that higher limit bettors can enjoy making the big bets that they like without having the opportunity to structure the bets whilst playing a bonus.
Almost all online casinos say that a player’s account is considered, “Inactive,” after a certain number of days or months and such inactivity will cause the account to be closed and any balance forfeited. The reason that casinos have this rule is that they eventually need to be able to account for their money and usually, it’s just a player who stops playing with a few cents or only a couple of dollars in his/her account and doesn’t return. The casino needs to be able to account for that money sooner or later.
One thing that we bet most of you didn’t know is that some casinos have a time restriction on how long a player has to complete the playthrough requirements of a bonus. In many cases, from the time a bonus is applied to a player’s account, the player only has ninety (sometimes even thirty) days to complete the wagering requirements, lest the bonus is forfeited as well as any winnings.
Again, this is something to look for if you are planning to make a big deposit and take a big bonus. You want to make sure that you’re going to have enough hours within that period of time to complete the wagering requirements so that you don’t end up forfeiting the bonus funds and winnings.
We talked about game restrictions above as well as how different games contribute different percentages to the playthrough requirements. However, some casinos have it in their Terms that they do not want a player to switch game types (slots to tables) while on a bonus at all. This rule seems pretty rare, but it is an important one to look for and understand if it does exist so that you do not forfeit your bonus amount or winnings.
Almost all casinos have some sort of rule about how many No-Deposit Bonuses a player can take in a row (or total) before a player must make a deposit. It is also important to understand that some casinos will occasionally require a player to make a deposit without taking ANY kind of bonus if a player has already taken one or more deposit bonuses.
Anything along these lines will appear in the regular Terms & Conditions, or Bonus Terms & Conditions, and is obviously important to look for.
There are many Bonus Terms out there that are specifically designed to thwart advantage players, in fact, most of the terms out there are designed for this reason, if not to outright completely preclude the possibility of advantage play.
The first of these terms, as with Bovada, is obviously the term that directly states that Bonuses are for, “Recreational Players Only,” which prohibits, “Professional Play.”
It would obviously be better if Bovada (and others) would specifically define, “Professional Play,” and certainly some casinos do, but usually, “If it walks, looks and quacks like a duck; it’s probably a duck.” Your average player is generally not going to structure bets in a way that yields a positive expectation, so if you know that is what you are doing, this condition probably applies to you. The average gambler is not cognizant of the various ways that a player can use bonus funds to, “Take a shot,” as is often possible with, “Phantom,” bonuses due to the reduced wagering requirements.