Redeeming Online Casino Bonuses
By: Rick Balding, Wednesday September 10th 2008
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Redeeming bonuses offered by online casinos can be a tricky affair. There are so many conditions and so much fine print involved that one often wonders whether the whole exercise is worth it.
In the first place online casino players must appreciate that there are valid reasons for the conditions imposed on the redemption of bonuses. Online casino bonuses are not free lunches. Their objective is to make sure that the players use the bonuses to wager and not simply cash them. Also unfortunately there are players who abuse the bonus conditions and therefore online casinos have to protect themselves from this abuse.
Most online casinos have a condition that only one member of a household can open an account with the casino and can open only one account. One of the reasons for this is that some bonuses, like sign up bonuses, are to be availed only once by a player. Therefore players must ensure that the e-mail address, residential address, credit card number or any other detail that they furnish must not have been given by any friend or family member. Online casinos can easily check their databases for duplicate information. Detection of such abuse can lead to eviction from the site and to the player's account being frozen.
Online casinos often ask players to submit a given bonus code before they even make a deposit. If this is not done then redeeming the bonus may not be possible. Players must be careful not to give online casinos this opportunity to nullify the bonus. If players forget to enter the bonus code then at least they should inform customer support of their mistake before they claim the bonus. Many online casinos will rectify this mistake.
The most important condition the must be met before the bonus can be redeemed is the wagering requirement. Even after the bonus has been credited to the player's account it cannot be withdrawn till the wagering requirements are met. Attempting to withdraw the bonus before meeting wagering requirements, even by mistake, is considered serious bonus abuse. This can lead to cancellation of the bonus and of the winnings from the bonus and in the extreme it can lead to eviction from the online casino. Therefore it is prudent to check with customer support whether the wagering requirement has been met or not before requesting a withdrawal.
In conclusion, players must realize that the majority of the disputes between players and online casinos are over bonuses. Therefore the time spent in reading and understanding the bonus terms and conditions is worth it.
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