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Deposit Bonuses Versus No Deposit Bonuses

By: Adam Baker, Friday October 17th 2008
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The importance of online casino bonuses cannot be overstated. It is one major difference between online casinos and land based casinos. Online casino bonuses can be divided into two categories match deposit bonuses and no deposit bonuses.

Deposit bonuses, as their name suggests, first require the new player to make a deposit and then the online casino offers a bonus in proportion to the deposit, with some maximum limit imposed. In this way the player has to first contribute his share. The most common deposit bonus is the welcome bonus. It is offered as soon as the new player makes his first deposit. Therefore the welcome deposit bonus is available to the online casino player before he starts wagering. The welcome deposit bonus is one of the largest casino bonuses offered. It is usually at least a few hundred dollars. There are some online casinos that offer a welcome deposit bonus of a few thousand dollars. In this way the player immediately enhances his bankroll. Another type of deposit bonus offered by most casinos is the monthly bonus. This is offered to existing players. For every deposit they make the online casino offers a proportionate bonus subject to a monthly cap. Some online casinos offer additional deposit bonuses if the deposits are made using specified deposit options.

No deposit bonuses, as their name suggests, do not require the new player to make any deposit. The casino offers the player a free amount so that he can try out the games without using his own funds. These welcome no deposit bonuses are much smaller than the welcome deposit bonuses, usually around ten or twenty dollars. This is understandable because the player does not contribute. Not many online casinos offer this welcome no deposit bonus. Microgaming online casinos are offering a different type of welcome no deposit bonus known as free spin bonus. Players are given a fixed number of free spins on certain online slots games, to be completed in a specified time, and get to keep the winnings. Another type of bonus in which the player is not required to make a deposit is the Refer A Friend bonus. Here the player gets a lump sum bonus for each friend he introduces.

Deposit Bonuses


  • Deposit bonuses usually are larger and tend to be in hundreds of dollars
  • The welcome deposit bonus is offered up front before the player stars wagering
  • Deposit bonuses are usually offered by all online casinos


  • Deposit bonuses are given after a player contributes his share

No Deposit Bonuses


  • No deposit bonuses do not require any contribution from the player
  • The welcome no deposit bonus enables the player to test games without investing his own funds


  • No deposit bonuses are usually much smaller running only into tens of dollars
  • Only some casinos offer no deposit bonuses.

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Comment by: joelandy On: February 05, 2010
Taking advantage of no deposit bonuses is the best way to see how you like playing at online casinos. Whenever I see one and it's at a casino that I've never played at in general I'll try to take advantage of it to see how it goes. Generally I'll end up playing it though and enjoy the casino and end up depositing and playing there but that doesn't have to be the case for all of you!
Comment by: Kenneth Olken On: January 22, 2010
I personally like both if they're offered by the same casino. I like being able to try playing their casino with the no deposit bonus and if I'm having fun most of the time I'll continue with a real deposit with them.
Comment by: Stella W. On: December 17, 2009
If I receive a promotion from a new casino that's offering a no deposit bonus I'll generally go and try playing at that casino although I know that I'll have to likely deposit and still meet their wagering requirements in order to cash out and that I'll loose my money and the free credits given at the casino before that happens but still it's really a lot of fun to get free credits for doing virtually nothin'. I do think that for me as well as what I see from most of you that the bonus deposit is preferred overall and I'm with you all.
Comment by: Corbin Dallas On: December 08, 2009
Deposit bonuses will be my favorite bonuses for ever I think mainly because of the fact that that these kinds of bonuses are far more pronounces and more then that they are far more readily available.
Comment by: Alice B On: November 17, 2009
Deposit bonuses are where it's at for sure. I think that no deposit bonuses are really only ideal for the newbie player and that players who have already been playing at online casinos don't really take advantage of these types of bonuses unless they're bonus hunters and just looking to take advantage of and abuse bonuses.
Comment by: Cynthia On: October 20, 2009
Yeah seems like no deposit online casino bonuses really seem to be phasing out and online casinos are offering them less and less of the time. I find that the free coins / credits bonuses which are essentially the same thing have become far more popular.
Comment by: Lilly Benson On: October 13, 2009
I'm a bigger fan of the deposit bonus option and will for the most part opt for these kinds of bonuses over any others. If you consider free roll tournaments as a bonus then I take advantage of those as well but as far as no deposit bonuses go I can't really remember the last time I took one of these free bonus types from an online casino.
Comment by: Judith L. On: September 26, 2009
No deposit bonuses are geared strictly towards the acquisition of new players for online casinos and an incentive to bring people in that will hopefully from the casinos perspective get hooked and then take advantage of the deposit bonus or just simply deposit money and start playing. I personally don't ever take advantage of no deposit bonuses any more unless it's to try a new software or something that I've never played before. Otherwise I like to stick to just deposit bonuses and to leverage on the loyalty rewards bonuses I get from the casinos that I'm currently playing at.
Comment by: Hero On: July 07, 2009
Agreed... the no deposit bonus scheme isn't very good for those who intend on playing quite a bit. I really like the tiered deposit bonuses which have become a popular thing lately.
Comment by: sadie777 On: June 30, 2009
The way I look at these two is as such. No deposit bonuses are really intended to give players the opportunity to play and try an online casino with very little risk. It also gives them the chance to see and know exactly what to expect when playing for real money. The deposit bonuses are really meant for players that already know they like to play at online casinos and will likely make several deposits. Me personally I'm a bigger fan of the deposit bonuses vs. the no deposit type bonuses.

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