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How Do Casino Welcome Bonuses Work?

Online casinos offer generous sign-up deals for new customers, sometimes matching deposits up to a total of £500. It’s not possible of course to simply make a deposit, claim the bonus and then withdraw both pots of money from your account. Gambling companies are sometimes generous, but they are certainly not stupid and there are always certain terms and conditions attached to any casino bonus money new players receive.

Deposit £x and get £x free casino bonuses

In this helpful guide, we explain how welcome bonuses typically work and what you should look out for when registering with any casino. Note that all casino bonuses carry terms and conditions that should be read and understood, including that customers must be aged 18+. Please Gamble Responsibly.

Whether it’s matching your deposit or giving you £50 to play with when you deposit £10, it’s very easy to claim a substantial amount in new customer bonus money. Sometimes players will need to insert a certain promotion code when they sign-up or opt in to the offer before making the deposit.

At other providers, the bonus funds will be automatically added to your account whenever the minimum deposit is made. Whatever you need to do will be clearly stated on the page you see before you begin to enter your details so be sure to read it closely. See our matched casino bonuses page for more information.

When can I withdraw the casino welcome bonus money?

The money the online casino sites give you can eventually be withdrawn but you have to earn it first by meeting the wagering requirement. Sometimes bonus money only needs to be wagered 15 times over but at other places it’s rather higher at 45 for their main welcome bonus.

Let’s say you’ve gone with a casino, they have a 20 times wagering requirement and this means that if you claim £50 in bonus money, this £50 needs to be bet 20 times over (£50 x 20 = £1000) before it can be withdrawn. This figure may seem like a lot but it’s one that many players do eventually reach. Your best plan for making it last is to avoid placing large sums on very high-odds bets such a single number on a roulette wheel.

One thing to be aware of is that often each casino site will have a time limit on how long you have to meet the wagering requirement. They are usually fairly generous with these restrictions but they do vary, some offering 14 days while others can give you up to 90.

Different games and different wagering contributions

Every penny on some games counts fully towards the wagering requirement but this is not always the case. Slots, scratch cards and fixed odds games will almost always count 100% towards your wagering goal, other games will be substantially less however. Bonus funds spent on roulette typically contribute around 50-20% and for the likes of baccarat and blackjack it can vary between 50% and 10%. Each online casino provider will have their own wagering contributions table so it’s definitely worth checking this before you begin playing unless you are an avid slots fan.

To highlight what this means, let’s say one site states that funds staked on roulette count 20% towards the bonus requirement. Every £5 spent on roulette will count £1 towards your goal. If your bonus is £50 as in the previous example (£1000 wagering requirement) this means you would need to wager £5000 on roulette if this was the only game you played. Customers are always able to mix and match which games they play so there is no obligation to stick with any particular one as they all combined together to meet the wagering requirement.

Who can take advantage of these large casino sign-up offers?

Providing you haven’t registered before to a certain casino site, you will usually be eligible for any new customer promotions they are running. It doesn’t matter if you’ve held a sportsbook account with them before as the casino is considered a separate entity in most cases. If you’ve been using Coral for your weekend football accumulators for example but haven’t signed-up for Coral Casino, this will not be an issue.

Be wary that offers do apply to one member per household to stop people claiming four welcome bonuses by using their family members’ details to re-register. A standard rule is that offers will be limited to “one account per customer, meaning one per family, household address, IP Address, email address, telephone number, payment account number.” You also need to be wary of how you make your first deposit as some promotions don’t accept money that comes from e-wallets for instance.

Where can I find more about the new customer promotions?

The details of the welcome bonuses of several top online casinos can be found on our aptly titled Casino Welcome Bonuses page. With several to choose from you, you are likely to have enough bonus funds to keep you busy for a long time. There’s absolute no reason not to make the most of all the promotions on offer as if lady luck happens to desert you, it’s better to lose bonus funds money than your own deposit. After trying several out you will also get a much better idea of what site you prefer most and which has the games selection most suited to your personal taste.

Online Casino Competition Promotions

Online casinos run a huge range of promotions and offers and here we take a look at competitions

Many casino promotions offer money back, bonuses or free spins but one of the most common types of casino promo is a good old-fashioned competition.

Such competitions are run in a range of ways and offer all sorts of different prizes. These may range from a simple casino bonus right up to the holiday of a lifetime.

To have full access to all the best casino competitions we would advise having accounts with a range of online casinos.

Hit the button below to check out the various welcome bonuses available at our favourite casinos. Alternatively read on for more info on the best competitions around and how they work!

How do Casino Competitions Work?

Casino competitions can work in a range of ways and this varies from one online casino to another and also from competition to competition. We’ll highlight any competitions that we think are worthy of your attention right here.

We’ll also provide simplified terms and conditions when we do. This will help you get the basics of the promotion before deciding whether or not to get involved.

For now that, let us look at the most common sorts of competitions our partner online and mobile casinos tend to run.

Prize Draws

By far the most common type of competition is a prize draw. With this type of promotion, you will usually earn entries to the draw by completing a certain task. The exact nature of the competition will, of course, vary but the key unifying factor is that the winners of the prizes are decided at random by a draw.

Usually prize draws tickets or entries are won by staking cash on a certain game or group of games. This might be a specific promotional slot, a particular game, such as roulette or live blackjack or it might be any play within the entire casino.

Ordinarily there will be a promotional period during which staking qualifies you for the draw. This might be a few hours or less whilst some competitions may run for an entire month.

With most such competitions, every £10 you wager on eligible games will earn you one prize draw ticket. Again, this varies depending on the casino and the competition. The wagering might be lower or it might be higher and there may be the chance to earn double tickets by playing specific games and/or at specific times.

Some competitions will have a limit on how many tickets you can earn, how many prizes you can win, or both. However, many will allow you earn as many tickets as you like and even win multiple prizes.

We like these types of competitions a lot because they seem very fair. If you get lucky, anyone can win, even with just one ticket. But on the other hand, they reward the most loyal players by giving them better odds of winning and the chance to win a number of prizes.

Some prize draws may allow entry simply by emailing the casino or opting in. Such competitions are rare though and other prize draws may only allow those who have won certain prizes, jackpots or games to enter.

As with any competition, of course, you’ve got to be in it to win it. Not all the competitions will be worth entering, depending on what games you like, the requirements to enter and your casino bank. However, if there is a valid competition for a game you play anyway, it would be silly not to enter, so be sure to check back here for details of all the best casino competitions around.

Automatic Prizes

Other competitions run by online casinos will award prizes automatically, without a draw. Usually this type of promotion only reward those players at the top of a leaderboard although occasionally anyone fulfilling a certain task may win.

Usually such promotions reward the players who have wagered the most on a given game or games. As with prize draws, there will be specific games that qualify, as well as set time periods.

Most competitions of this nature reward the player to have wagered the most, although occasionally it will be whichever play has won the most, or even lost the most! Other competitions may be dependent on achieving certain feats within games, for example getting a “natural” blackjack or hitting a certain bonus round on a slot.

What Can I Win?

As with much we have written about online casino competitions, what you can win will vary each time.

As said, prizes will vary greatly, with the “worst” prize you’re likely to see being a £5 casino bonus with wagering terms attached.

At the other end of the spectrum there are cars, holidays, squillions of comp points, huge cash prizes and four figure casino bonuses also available.

Here are some of the prizes that have been available at the online casinos we feature here at CasinoOffers.Co:

  • £1m – you can’t really beat that and whilst this particular competition involved football, you could gain entries via their casino
  • Luxury Holidays – there have been too many to mention, including trips to Rio for the 2014 football World Cup
  • Cash – again, too many to mention and whilst the sums are usually four figures or less, we certainly wouldn’t turn our noses up at a grand or two!
  • Sporting Tickets – loads of casinos and betting sites have links to Premier League and other sports teams and so VIP days out at a big sporting event are often up for grabs
  • Tech Prizes – mobile phones, TVs and other gadget gifts are another common prize
  • Bonuses – from £5 up to thousands of pounds, bonuses are a big part of the competitions we feature. Wagering can vary from just once up to 30 times so clearly some are better prizes than others
  • Comp points – just about every online casino has some form of VIP or membership scheme and some competitions award points as prizes…which you can then convert back into prizes!

Who Offers These Competitions?

As said, we’ll bring you the biggest and best casino competitions and prize draws right here.

However, if you want to see every single competition and promotion there is, the best bet is just to join all the best casino sites out there and keep an eye on their promotions pages.

The best thing about joining more than one casino is that you can claim a new bonus at each and every one. Throw in all the offers they have for existing customers too and having lots of different casino accounts makes a LOT of sense.

Casino Offers: Main Terms and Conditions to Understand

If there’s one thing almost every internet user has done, including online casino players, it’s clicking the button stating they’ve read the masses of terms and conditions when they’ve barely given them a glance.

Sometimes the small print may as well be in a foreign language given how hard it is to understand and you think to yourself, what difference does reading it really make? When it comes to online casino offers however, there is often a lot of detail found in the terms and conditions which shouldn’t be overlooked. There are certain terms that feature in almost every offer and it’s these which we will take a look at in this article to ensure you are familiar with the essentials.

Wagering Requirements

This is the big one when it comes to online casinos and it’s something that can vary massively depending on which offer you are claiming. Online casinos tempt new customers by offering them large deposit bonuses or ‘free money’ but it’s not as simple as claiming the money and then transferring it into your bank account. To get to the point where withdrawals are possible, the bonus/free funds that you have been handed will need wagering a certain amount of times.

Whatever casino you join, chances are there will be wagering requirements attached to the bonuses and offers.

Given that it is in one sense some might (inaccurately) describe such offers as “free money”, it’s far from an unreasonable ask and it’s something you will find with virtually every sign-up offer. The wagering requirement might be as low as 10x (ten times) but on other occasions as high as 40x. To demonstrate what this means for you, if you were given a £50 bonus with a 20x wagering requirement, you would need to wager £1000 (£50 x 20) in total. Once the requirement is met, the bonus funds will be ‘unlocked’ allowing you to spend them how you please.

Different game contributions

In the wagering example above, you would need to bet a total of £1000 with your bonus funds to meet the requirement but that assumes you only play games with a 100% contribution level. Games like slots will usually contribute 100% but casino classics such as Roulette and Blackjack tend to be between 20% and 5%. The figures vary between casino sites and it’s important to check them out as these percentages can make a big difference to how many times you have to turnover any promotional funds.

If you exclusively play a game that has for example a 20% wagering contribution, this effectively means that for every £1 spent on it, £0.20 will go towards the wagering requirement. If your target wagering amount was £1000, you would in this case need to bet £5000. Ideally you will want to avoid exclusively playing games with a very low contribution too much as meeting the wagering requirement playing these can take quite some time.

You might have just thought to yourself that you can easily meet the wagering requirement by simply sticking your money on 35 numbers of a roulette wheel a few times. The bookies are way ahead of you there though and typically any bet that covers more than two thirds of the wheel will not count at all towards the wagering requirement.


Bonus funds handed out by casino sites will rarely sit in your account forever so it pays to be wary about when the deadlines are. Even when winning something like free spins during a promotional game, extras like this will sometimes need to be claimed within a few days before they expire. It will always be stated how long you have to meet the wagering requirement on a bonus or to accept a prize.

Some casino sites offer long expiry dates while others have a much shorter window. Players who claim a large introductory bonus but play quite infrequently can sometimes get caught out by this. If they’ve not turned over the funds within the specified time period then their bonus fund balance will perish and there’s no getting them back.

Duplicate accounts

You’ve claimed a juicy new-customer offer, won a few quid, and now you are thinking about signing-up as your brother to do it all again. This is absolutely not something you should be attempting as bookies are very alert when it comes to preventing abuse of any offers they have. Promotions are limited so that only one member of a household can take advantage of them and if your e-mail, payment card, phone number etc. has been used before, you won’t be eligible either.

You might have experienced a bit of bad luck with your first sign-up offer but its little bother as you can simply try again with a different provider. There are a wide range of bookmakers available, all offering generous sign-up offers as you can find on our site and it will be a long time before you use up all of the promotional deals.

What is the House Edge?

If you read much about playing casino games, online or at a “normal” casino, you’ll often come across the term “house edge”. If you’re unsure what that means and want a simple answer, you are in the right place.

We’re simple folk here at CasinoOffers and if you don’t want a 12-page essay that requires a degree in maths and a good knowledge of quantum physics, we can most certainly help out.

House Edge for Dummies

We can explain it really, really simply. The house edge is the advantage that any casino game gives the house. The house being the casino itself. All casino games are ingeniously designed (and we mean that seriously) so that that the casino itself has a small advantage. This is why casinos are glitzy palaces and you live in a shed in your friend’s garden. OK, you might not be a dummy. You might actually be very intelligent. You MIGHT even have a maths degree. But if you don’t know what the house edge is, you don’t know what it is.

Put another way, the house edge is the casino’s profit margin. When you buy something in a shop you fully understand that they are selling it for more than they bought it. The difference pays the staff, covers the rent, provides a profit for the owner and if everyone is good and honest might even include a bit of tax too.

How is the House Edge Expressed?

The house edge is expressed as a percentage and this is the percentage of staked money the casino keeps. Imagine a raffle that sells 100,000 tickets for £1 each. The organiser takes in £100,000 cash and gives away £95,000 of prizes. They keep £5,000 out of the total “stake” of £100,000 and thus the house edge is 5%.

If we now move our example into the casino and to the roulette table we can see this in a real way. Imagine a standard European roulette wheel with 36 numbers and one zero. There are five players at the table and by amazing (and very convenient) coincidence they end up betting a total of £37, with £1 being wagered on every number.

Zero comes up and pays, as any single number does, at odds of 35/1. So the casino wins on 36 numbers and pays out £35. £37 was initially staked and the casino keeps £1 profit. 1 divided by 37 = 0.027027 (recurring if we can get ever so slightly maths on your ass).

That is 0.27% and that is the house edge on standard European roulette. If we imagine we have a real dummy, playing roulette with a zero and a double zero, we have a slightly different equation. £1 on every number (including the two zeroes) now requires £38. Any win will still pay out at 35/1, meaning the casino wins on 37 numbers and pays out £35.

Out of a total stake of £38 they keep £2. 2 divided by 38 = 0.0526315 and that is indeed the house edge on roulette. So instead of giving the house, the casino, £2.70 for every £100 you bet, you’re giving them £5.26. That’s almost double.

House Edge on Different Casino Games

Roulette is a great example for the house edge as it is the same no matter what the player does and no matter what they bet on. Of course, players can win – unless they bet £1 on every number! Just a bit of luck is all it takes for the player to win but in the long term the casino has the odds in their favour.

In different games there are more variables and so the house edge is less predictable and quantifiable. Slots, for example, don’t per se have an advantage for the casino. The advantage is merely a product of their programming. So, in theory, we can tell a slot to pay out more than it takes in, creating a negative house edge and an advantage to the player.

Sadly, however, casinos don’t do that. They can, at least with some slots, more or less set the house edge to whatever they feel. As such the house edge with slots varies from slot to slot and site to site.

In other games, for example video poker and blackjack, the player’s decisions have an impact on the game. For example, in blackjack, if you keep on hitting and hitting you will lose almost every hand. You’ll win some, by virtue of getting a “natural” blackjack, but you’ll lose the majority of hands and thus create a very high house edge.

In both of these games, in order to achieve the lowest house edge possible and thus give yourself the best chance of winning, you need to play to optimum strategy. For both games there is a call that is correct for any given circumstance.

This brings us onto another issue with many games: rule variations. Although roulette is very simple, the use of single and double zero tables creates a difference house edge. The number of zeroes is effectively a rule but in games such as blackjack the rule variations are more complex.

For example, the more decks that are used, the greater the house edge. If the casino pays out at odds of less than 3/2 for a blackjack, for example at 6/5 or even evens, the house edge is greater. Rules on splitting, doubling and what the dealer hits or stands on also have an impact.

We’ll discuss these and other issues around the house edge another time. However, for now, my dummy friends, all you need to know is that the house edge is the casino’s profit margin and is the percentage of staked cash that they keep on average.

Casino House Edge Explained – Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Casino House Edge?

You’ve all heard the phrase ‘the house always wins’ and there is plenty of truth in the saying. This doesn’t mean that you can never claim a profit at a casino, many people do, but it means that the casino will eventually come out on top versus all gamblers as a whole.

Why is this? It’s all because of the house edge. This slight statistical advantage the casino has over the player ensures that the casino will end up with a profit. Although the bias towards the house isn’t huge, given how much money is gambled, it ensures that the small tilt is enough to keep the casinos in business.

While it’s something to be wary of, it’s not something that should discourage you from having a tipple at the casino. Anything better than average luck will see you overcome the house edge and make your casino experience a profitable one.

Does the casino always have the advantage?

No matter what game you play, the house edge will be active. The only exception to this when playing blackjack at an actual casino and you have the ability to count cards. Doing so gives you the edge which is why casinos are usually keen to crack down on people employing such a tactic.

In all other forms, the odds are always very slightly against you and you can find by how much exactly when playing at online casinos. Every game will list somewhere, usually on the help or info section, the long-term expected return to player (RTP), in most cases it will be between 94%-99%.

On the low end of the scale tends to be slots while at the upper end you’ll usually find the likes of blackjack and baccarat with roulette somewhere in between.

How does the expected return to player work in practice?

The RTP figure is really just the house edge shown in its mathematical form. If we select an online game of blackjack with a RTP of 99%, this means that for every £100 spend on the game, the casino would expect to receive £101.

This is only on average of course and in reality the casinos will go through phases of greater profits as well as significant losses. For the players this means for every £100 spent, they will on average see £99 of it back.

This will naturally not be the case however for novice players with limited understanding of how the game works.

How does the casino always have the edge?

Casino classics are built to favour the house in their design. In roulette for instance, the addition of the green 0 (plus 00 on American tables) is enough to do this. Without it, any bet would simply be a 50:50 wager but adding the 1 in 37 chance green 0 ensures this is not the case.

In other games, the house edge is less obvious such as in slots but the way the game is programmed ensures that it is present. By law, such games must be regulated and therefore the claimed RTP will be genuine and can be trusted to offer a fair gambling experience.

Is there anyway of overcoming the house edge at online casinos?

Technically speaking no but the range of promotions handed out by the online casinos can in the short term give you an advantage, especially casino welcome bonuses.

In some instances offers are available without you requiring to stake any of your own money and in these no lose cases, it’s only the player who can benefit. In most instances, promotional money handed to players will need to be spent several times over before it can be withdrawn.

If a 100% deposit bonus is given to a player for instance, this puts the house at a huge disadvantage. Ensuring that players must wager the bonus funds 20/30/40 times over though helps pull them closer to level terms.

Casino Offers: Matched Bonuses

Any online casino site worth their salt will give new customers a bonus when they first join. The most common type of offer is a matched bonus, where your first deposit triggers a bonus based on the amount you add to your account. Here we take a look at how such matched casino bonuses work and which sites offer them.

The world of online casinos is highly competitive and that’s why these sites offer new customers a welcome promotion. It’s an incentive to give them a try and acts as marketing.

What is a Matched Casino Bonus

A matched casino bonus, as said, is one where the value of the bonus depends on how much you deposit.

Many casinos offer 100% matches, meaning that if you deposit £50, they will match that value with a bonus of £50.

Some lesser online casino sites offer matches worth less than 100% but we only work with the best casinos. That means almost all of the promotions we feature here are 100% matches at the very least, with several of our favourite online casinos offering a lot more.

Some sites offer a 200% bonus, meaning that if you deposit £20, you’ll get a bonus worth £40 and have a balance of £60!

Some go even higher than that! In general you’ll find that the biggest promotions in terms of the percentage tend to have lower maximum values. For example, you may find an online casino offering a HUGE 500% bonus but this will usually only be on deposits of £10 or £20.

This type of promo is perfect for smaller stakes players. For a low deposit you can get a very big bonus. That means very low risk but still a decent sized bonus to boost your casino bank. Such promotions are perfect for those who don’t want to deposit hundreds of pounds anyway.

On the other hand, high rollers may prefer to opt for a site that only offers a 100% bonus but with a much higher maximum.

How do Casino Bonuses Work?

Casino bonuses are a great incentive to try a new casino. They give you extra casino action in an instant. Just make a deposit, enter any bonus or promotional code if needed and you can turn £100, for example, into £200 – just like that!

Casinos are, of course, businesses though and sadly you can’t just withdraw your profit and run. In order to withdraw your winnings you will just about always have to play through the value of the bonus a certain number of times.

Bonus Wagering

This is called the bonus wagering, or rollover. Once you have committed to a bonus or other welcome offer, you normally need to compete the bonus wagering before you can withdraw.

Some casino sites structure the rollover in terms of the bonus amount ONLY, whilst others base it on the bonus AND deposit combined. All things being equal, the former is better, although it depends on the wagering requirement.

For example, if the wagering is 20 times the bonus on a £100 offer, you will have to stake £2,000 on casino games before you can withdraw. If the promotion is a 100% matched bonus but the terms are 10 times the deposit and bonus combined, this will also be £2,000. In this instance the rollover is 10 times (£100 + £100) = £2,000.

Terms and Conditions to Note

All of the online and mobile casinos we promote are huge, reputable companies. We have played their casino games for many years and we trust them 100%.

We can safely say that they play fair and if you win, you’ll get paid. That said, they have a number of terms and conditions you should be aware of. These are not designed to catch you out. They are designed to stop players taking advantage and making a guaranteed profit and then never playing in the casino again.

As long as you are aware of these things in advance you won’t get caught out. All too often people dive into an offer thinking it is easy money without reading the terms of the promotion.

Nobody wants to read through pages of small print but a simple knowledge of the following should mean you know what to look out for.

New Customers

All welcome bonuses are designed for new customers only. If you have had an account at these online casinos before you won’t be eligible. Sometimes you won’t be eligible if someone in your house has an account with them, whilst these restrictions may also apply if you play at one of their partner casinos.

Bonus Codes

Some offers may require you to input a code, either when you join, when you make your deposit or to claim the bonus once you have added funds. We’ll normally highlight these, whilst sometimes they will automatically be entered when you visit from one of our offer pages. However, if you don’t add the code, you may not be granted the bonus.


We have covered the basics of the bonus wagering above. However, there are lots of other factors to consider too. The biggest of these is which games are allowed.

With a lot of promotions given to newbies at online casinos, certain games may not contribute towards the wagering. It’s good to check this first as it can be pretty maddening to spend hours trying to clear a bonus only to discover the game you played doesn’t count!

All the casinos we feature here at CasinoOffers.Co make it VERY clear what games are valid and which aren’t. It’s also VITAL to note that some games count more than others.

Slots usually count at 100% towards the wagering whilst other games may count for a lot less. For example, if a site permits blackjack but only at 10%, a hand played for £10 will only count for £1 towards the bonus rollover.

Time Limits

Almost all casino offers will have time limits attached to them. With some you must claim the bonus within a certain length of time from when you first join the site. With others there may be time limits on how long you have to complete the promotional wagering.


There are certain other terms that are worth looking out for. For example some online casinos may not offer their welcome bonus in your country. We are a UK-focused site, so all of the offers featured here are valid for UK players. If you reside elsewhere, be sure to check the terms and conditions before you try and claim a given offer.

There may also be more terms relating to the bonus wagering. Some casinos now have a limit on the maximum contribution any single spin, bet, game or hand has. Others may not count wagering they class as “low risk” – for example betting on most numbers in roulette. Lastly there can be restrictions and switching between games that count very differently towards the wagering. For example, if you win big playing blackjack, switching to slots may not be allowed.

Casino Welcome Bonuses Conclusion

This can all sound very confusing and complicated: it isn’t. Many casino sites won’t tell you the information we have here. We are just being very honest and very cautious to try and help you avoid disappointment or confusion.

In reality, online casinos, especially the huge names that we recommend, are not trying to catch you out. They are simply trying to protect themselves from people who are trying to catch THEM out.

99.9% of normal casino players need not worry about any of the sorts of issues we have mentioned under miscellaneous. If you are just a normal player, playing naturally, you will be fine.

It is only those players who are trying to game the system by using intricate tactics to try and clear the bonus that need check such small terms and conditions.

Everyone else can simply sit back, claim a great bonus and play their favourite casino games with a boosted balance. That means more fun, longer playing the games, bigger bets and, with a little luck, a nice healthy profit once the bonus wagering is complete!

Online Casinos vs. Real World Casinos

What are the pros and cons of playing at an online casino compared to a real world bricks and mortar casino?

Are you a fan of your local casino thinking about trying out an online casino? Or an online casino pro considering a trip out into the real world?

If you’ve played at one type of casino but not the other and want to compare them, we’ve got the info you need. We’ve looked at the key factors that make playing casino games fun and compared how these work at a bricks and mortar casino with the online equivalent.

Personally, we love both types of casino action and they both have their place. However, if you aren’t sure about trying one or the other option, this comparison is the perfect aid to helping you make up your mind.

Is it time to don your glad rags and head to Vegas or crack out your favourite dressing gown and a nice cup of tea?

Online Casinos v Real World

We’re going to break this comparison down into a few key areas. In no order of importance these are: the experience, convenience, expense, bonuses and game choice. This is our opinion, not the gospel according to St. Casinothius. If you disagree, let us know!

The Experience

We’ll let you into a secret. When it comes to the experience, we’re awarding the win to that scary place called The Real World. 1-0, bricks and mortar casinos, well done you.

The thing is, your local casino probably isn’t the MGM. Unless you live in Vegas, on the strip. It probably isn’t quite like Atlantic City but even casinos in places like Blackpool and Southend (and everywhere in between) have at least a modicum of glamour.

OK, maybe not glamour, maybe you won’t feel like James Bond in Monte Carlo (or Macau, or any of the other glitzy casinos at which Bond has fleeced the bad guy, won a fortune and gone home with the girl!) but there is undoubtedly a sense of occasion.

Las Vegas Casino Heaven

These days your average UK casino is a lot more relaxed than the traditional stereotype of men in tuxedos. That has somewhat reduced the glamour and sophistication but it has also made real world casinos a whole lot more accessible and easier to visit.

That said, a night out to the casino remains a fun and exciting thing to do and is an event to look forward to. Going with friends makes it a sociable experience and even the shabbiest of casinos will usually have some form of non-gambling entertainment.

OK, you might not get Britney Spears or Cirque du Soleil but you’ll get a bar or three, a restaurant or two, live televised sport and sometimes live music, comedy or a show.

Compare that to being sat at home in your pants with a can of lager and there is clearly only one winner.

Verdict – Offline


Ok, if there is only one winner when it comes to the experience, the same is true of convenience. And the tables are turned, with online casino action the clear and undeniable winner. 1-1, game on!

So, there you are, on the couch, in your pants, can of lager in hand. Kind of easy isn’t it? You might even argue it’s more convenient than getting dressed, getting a bus (or taxi if you’re expecting to win) into town and then walking home six miles at 3am (when you haven’t won).

Lucky Casino Lager

Convenience is possibly the number one thing in favour of online casinos. With the advent of mobile casinos, the widest choice of casinos and games is pretty much in your pocket – or your hand – at all times.

Whether you decide to play on your laptop, tablet or computer, brilliant online casino games are never more than a few clicks away. What’s more, you can play on the toilet (weird but definitely possible), on the bus (on the way to the casino if you want), at work (on the toilet if your boss is like ours), in a bar … or just about anywhere.

With most phone details including plenty of data and the wide availability of Wi-Fi, playing online casino games is pretty much as convenient and easy as humanly possible.

Verdict – Online


OK, so, you’re sat there, in your pants (please tell me this isn’t just me?), on the couch, can of lager in hand. How much was that can of lager? A quid? Two quid? Did you splash out on an 8% IPA and spend three whole quid on your beer?

Taxi to the couch, how much was that? Oh, nada you say? Free, you just walked. Ooh, that’s convenient. And cheap. Is the food cheap too? Free you say? Oooh, that is cheap.

Sorry you real worlders, when it comes to expense, once again it’s a big win for the online casinos of the galaxy. Yes, you need a house, yes you need an internet-accessing device, yes you need the internet. OK, that house might cost you £250,000 (or £250m in London). Throw in another grand for the computer and £20 per month for high-speed broadband. That’s quite a lot of cash.

But it doesn’t count because you already have them. Result! 2-1 to cyberspace. Do you remember cyberspace? Ask your Dad if not.

Verdict – Online


Britney Casino Perk?

Britney Casino Perk?

We love bonuses, we ain’t gonna lie. If all this talk of casinos has got you itching for a game or two of blackjack then why not check out all of our casino welcome bonuses and offers?

Whilst it’s true that the bricks and mortar casinos have been known to throw around the odd freebie, in general they don’t. Yes, if you’re a high roller you might get a night in Britney or Paris, or perhaps some free nachos. But for most of us, no way Jose.

Nowadays modern casinos do occasionally have free drinks for customers or the odd free bet token. Most also have some form of loyalty scheme where you can earn points for gaming and food and drink purchases.

However, all of these lag behind the amazing welcome bonuses offered by the best online casino sites. Just about every online casino, and certainly all of the best ones that we feature, offer new customers a welcome bonus.

This is usually worth at least 100% of your initial deposit and wager and sometimes 500% or even more. You might also get free spins thrown in too, whilst most casino sites also have regular offers and promotions for existing customers too.

These include things like prize draws, competitions, money back offers and cash giveaways. All of these bonuses and deals will have terms attached to them. Casinos are generous but they don’t just give cash away!

For example a bonus is usually a match of your deposit and wagering will be required before you can withdraw any winnings. Competitions will usually – though not always – require you to play a certain game or stake a set value in order to enter.

Anyway, back to the issue of online versus offline: it doesn’t take a genius to realise that we’re chalking up another win for online casinos here. OK, it isn’t as one-sided as the other features we’ve looked at but it remains a clear win.

Verdict – Online

The Games

Lots of casino fans, like people in general, are creatures of habit. They stick to what they know and what they like. If that’s you then you probably don’t need the biggest range of games in the world.

Blackjack in a casino

In fact, lots of “serious” casino lovers probably only stick to one single game, be that blackjack, roulette, slots or something else. That said, here at CasinoOffers, we’re more in the “variety is the spice of life” camp than the “I know what I like” gang.

We have our favourite games but we also believe there is a time and a place for every game. Both online casinos and their real world counterparts tend to have a range of games that will be more than enough for most players.

Both types of casino now tend to give up a lot of space, be that of the floor or cyber variety, to slots. You’ll generally find hundreds of different games, including progressive jackpot slots both online and offline.

You’ll also get all the classics at both, such as blackjack, roulette, pontoon, 3 card poker and one or two others. In lots of cases both online and bricks and mortar casinos will also facilitate multi-player poker.

However, yet again this one is just about in favour of online casinos. Online casinos will almost always have a bingo and poker facility as well. In addition they have instant win games, scratch cards and just a wider range of casino games.

Not all UK casinos offer games such as baccarat, pai gow and craps but most of the best casino sites do. To put it very simply, whilst offline casinos have a great range of games, online just have a few more.

Verdict – Online


There is lots in this article which doesn’t require the intellect of Stephen Hawking (RIP). Which is pretty useful, as most of us aren’t quite that clever. So, even the non-geniuses among you will have realised that, all in all, we think online casinos have the edge.

Obviously you might claim that we’re biased and we may be but the truth is that the huge convenience of online casinos, the great welcome bonuses and existing customer offers and the range of games available give the online world the edge.

As said, we remain a fan of the odd trip to the local casino and we LOVE Vegas. Both types of fun have their place but this is about awarding prizes. And the winner is. … well, you already figured that bit out!

Best Online Casino Games and Different Game Types

What games can you play at online casinos and which are the best games to play?

There are loads and loads of different games available at online casinos. That’s great, as it means you won’t get bored. Also, there is something for everyone. However, how do you choose what game to play and which are the best?

In truth, there is no simple answer when it comes to which are the best games to play at online casinos. Some are good because they have a low house edge, whilst others are good because they help clear casino bonuses.

However, ultimately it is a very personal thing and much comes down to what you are looking for. Some games are better for small stakes with the chance to win big. Other games are better if you want to bet big and have the highest chance of winning. And yet others are just fun!

Here is a full list of the major games types you will find, with almost all of these available at all the online casinos we feature.


Slots are one of the most popular type of online casino games. Most mobile casinos will also feature plenty of slots and they come in loads of different guises.

You have jackpot slots with huge progressive jackpots that can reach seven or even eight figures. Slots of TV shows and movies, cartoon slots, video slots and old school fruit machine style games.

Whatever type of slot you play they are fast, fun and allow you to win massive amounts from small stakes. They also almost always count 100% when it comes to casino bonus wagering.

On the downside, variance is high, meaning long losing streaks can easily happen to cover the big wins. Also the house edge tends to be higher on slots, although this is changing at many of the best casino sites.

Card and Table Games

Card and tables games are what many people think of one they think of playing in a casino. They can vary a lot but tend to have the lowest house edge, which gives players the greatest chance of long term profit. This makes them good for bonus wagering, although always check they are eligible and at what percentage they contribute towards the rollover.

Blackjack, roulette, craps, baccarat, hi-lo, casino hold ‘em, brag, Caribbean stud poker, sic bo and pontoon are just some of the games you will encounter.

These games are usually good if you want a long session at the table. They may also suit casino high rollers who are prepared to bet big to win big.

Live Casino

Live casino games are relatively new, although they have been around for more than 10 years now. These involve real life dealers and croupiers – usually very attractive ones – dealing real cards and spinning real wheels.

You interact via live streams and this can be a great way to get a more authentic casino experience. Blackjack, baccarat and roulette are among the most common live casino games available.

Video Poker

Video poker uses the hands and structure of poker but is played against the house, not other players. It has a very, very low house edge. To give yourself the best chance of winning a little know-how and skill is required so this is great for those who want to test themselves rather than just sit back and spin.

Scratch Cards and Instant Win Games

At the other end of the spectrum, those wanting the easiest possible games should consider the many instant wins options available. This is pure chance and, as with slots, you can win high value prizes from small stakes.

As with slots, these usually count 100% towards bonus wagering but the house edge favours the casino and variance is high.

Casino Cashback Offers

Cashback Casino Offers: How They Work and Key Promotion Terms to be Aware of

Casino offers come in many shapes, sizes and forms but just about all of the online and mobile casinos we feature here offer cashback promotions and deals.

Cashback offers appear from time to time and are generally offers for existing customers, as opposed to welcome bonuses or promotions for new customers. Cashback offers are a great reason to keep using a certain casino, whilst their availability should also be a factor in deciding which online casino to join.

Click the button below to see all the casino welcome bonuses available right now. Alternatively, keep reading for more information on cashback offers, including what they are and how they work.

What are Cashback Offers?

As with most promotions offered by casino sites, such as free spins, things are pretty self-explanatory and, would you believe, cashback offers are offers where you get cash back! Crazy!

However, cashback offers can come in a range of forms and are offered in different ways by different sites, with varying terms and conditions attached too.

Cashback When you Lose

Perhaps the most common type of cashback promo is effectively a rebate on losses. For example, you may get an email offering you money back if you play a certain game and lose.

Usually this type of promotion will be for a set period of time, usually a single day, perhaps the weekend and sometimes longer. The terms and conditions can vary but in essence the casino is giving you a chance to play with lower risk than normal.

For example, the offer might say “Play live dealer blackjack this weekend and if you lose get 20% of your losses back up to £100”. Obviously if you lose, that’s not good but thanks to the cashback your losses will be smaller than they would otherwise have been.

Effectively this reduces the overall house edge the casino holds because if you were to lose £500 you would get a 20% cashback bonus of £100. Effectively, when you win, you win, but when you lose, you don’t lose as much as you “should” and this swings the house edge your way.

Cashback When you Win

Other “cashback” offers give you money back when you win, effectively adding a bonus payout on top of your standard winnings. In some ways these offers are even better, because when you win, you REALLY win.

However, on the other side of the coin, you have to actually win in order for these promotions to be worth anything. Some casino fans prefer cashback on losses because if you win you’re already happy, whilst if you lose any silver lining is much-needed.

Whatever you prefer, aside from the win/lose factor, this type of promotion works much the same as cashback when you lose.

As with the previous promotion type, the loss or win is your total net period within the given promotional period. So if you win £100 on Friday and lose £200 on Saturday, the cashback will be paid based on a net position of you having lost £100.

Whichever type of promo you prefer, the overall effect is broadly the same. This type of offer reduces the casino’s house edge. If you imagine you place a single winning roulette bet on black for £100 and get a cashback bonus of 20%.

In such a scenario your bet that normally pays out at odds of evens has actually paid out at far greater odds of 6/5. With such odds, the house edge is totally obliterated and, in fact, the stats, odds and maths are in your favour.

This is just one simple illustration of how cashback promotions can be very lucrative, although much will depends on the exact terms and conditions of the casino and offer in question.

Cashback for Playing

From time to time you may also see an offer that gives you cashback based on your wagering. This is paid regardless of whether you win or lose and your overall net position doesn’t matter. These are often great deals for high rollers, who are wagering large amounts anyway.

As with the previous promotions, you may receive an email about this but, as ever, we’ll try to keep you up to date with all the best and most up to date offers around.

Cashback If…

Some cashback promotions may be dependent on a certain event happening. This type of offer is a little less common, with money back promos on losses the most common and boosts to winnings after that.

However, we have seen certain online casinos structure a promotion such that the cashback depends on a certain event. Sometimes this may be within the game, with promos similar to “bad beat” offers at poker. For example you may receive some form of rebate if you lose at blackjack with a 21 to a dealer blackjack.

Alternatively the event in question may be totally separate from the casino, with cashback being paid on certain bets if, for example, England win the World Cup (football). An unlikely scenario, clearly!

Key Terms and Conditions to Look out for with Casino Cashback Offers

As said, the precise terms and conditions of all offers will vary. Reading loads of small print is nobody’s idea of fun though. That said, familiarity with the following should at least allow you to skim the full terms in order to find the important bits.

Whenever we bring you details of a specific offer, bonus or promotion we’ll cover the following in greater depth but here are some of the key types of term you should be looking out for.

  • Time limits – most cashback offers apply only for a stated period
  • Games – is the offer only applicable to a specific game, such as a named slot, or is it valid on all games?
  • Percentages and Limits – make sure you know what percentage the bonus is and also what the maximum cashback is. If your main reason for playing was the promotion, keep a track of your net position and stop once you reach the maximum cashback
  • Opt in – are you automatically entered into the promo or do you need to opt in? If the latter, this will usually be via “My Account”, the casino’s promotions page or either
  • Eligibility – can you claim the offer? Most cashback deals are for existing customers but if they are sent by email they may only be valid for the initial recipient of the email
  • Net Position – cashback paid on losses or winnings will apply to your net position during the promo period. That means your overall profit or loss within that time, not on each individual win or loss
  • Claim Your Cashback? – some offers may require a manual claim whilst most will add the cashback automatically to eligible accounts. Either way, there will usually be a timeframe involved on claiming, using and wagering the bonus
  • Cash or Bonus Funds – depending on the generosity of the offer, your cashback will be paid either as cash or as bonus funds. In the case of the former you are free to withdraw but the latter will usually have wagering terms attached
  • Wagering – if you do have to wager the money back, be sure to check for time limits, what games are valid and how much each game contributes to the rollover

Which Casino Games Have the Lowest House Edge?

Which online casino games give you the best chance of winning and have the smallest house edge?

Playing online casino games should be mainly about fun. That said, winning IS fun! If you want to give yourself the best chance of making a profit, choose your games wisely. Here we take a look at the house edge of some of the most popular casino games around.

Irrespective of what games you play, choosing your casino wisely is more important. We only work with a very small, elite group of online and mobile casinos and they are all top class. Take a look at all the casino sites we work with, as well as the welcome bonuses they offer new customers.

House Edge of Most Popular Casino Games

What is the house edge?

Here we take a look at the most popular casino games only. The house edge is the advantage the house holds over the player. All casino games, be they played in the “real world”, online or on mobile, favour the casino.

That advantage is usually called the house edge. Essentially this means what percentage of stakes the casino can expect to win. Note that we say “expect”.

This is because we’re talking about a mathematical concept that only becomes true when you play an infinite number of hands, spins or games. Now, here at, we like blackjack, roulette, etc as much as the next guy. But even we don’t play infinitely.

Luck, or in maths-speak, variance, means that in the short term the player can, does and will win. However, the house edge refers to the long term probabilities. It also, in games where the player’s involvement affects the odds, assumes the player is using the optimum strategy.

House Edge of Roulette

Here we are assuming the player is placing standard bets on a table with a single zero. In this instance, the house edge for roulette is the same no matter whether a player is betting on single numbers, groups of numbers, red or black or any combination of single numbers.

No matter what, the house edge for roulette is 2.70%. That means that a player who bets £100 can expect to lose just £2.70. Note that if you are silly enough to play American roulette (with the zero and the double zero) that jumps to 5.26%.


House Edge of Online Casino Games

Using optimum strategy is crucial when you play blackjack. Many bricks and mortar casinos provide basic strategy charts that tell you the best call to make in any given situation. If you’re playing online it’s also really easy to access such info.

The precise house edge for blackjack can vary greatly depending on the precise rules at the casino you are at. It can drop to less than 0.3% with the most favourable rules. However, a more realistic figure is between 0.5% and 1.5%.

That means, if we use a figure of 1%, that a player playing 100 hands for £10 per pop should, on average, lose just £10! Blackjack has one of the lowest house edges around. As such, it only takes a slight helping hand from Lady Luck for the player to win.


The house edge for online slots is often quoted as the Return To Player (RTP). This views things from the player’s return, not their loss. As such, an RTP of 90% means that for every £100 that goes into the slot, you can expect £90 to come out.

The house edge (or RTP – they are essentially the same thing expressed differently) of slots has traditionally been very high. In the past, figures of 15%, perhaps even higher, have not been uncommon.

In recent times the best online casinos have demanded slots that give the player a higher return. This is a result of competition between them. Whilst a house edge of 5%-10% is still very high and still quite common, many slots have a house edge of more like 2.5%.

It’s worth noting that whilst almost all casino games’ house edges are mathematical facts, that is not the case with slots. Slots aren’t games with fixed numbers, certain maths and known probabilities. They are electronic machines that usually allow for the house edge to be changed at the flick of a metaphorical switch.

As such, the house edge of slots can vary, from slot to slot, casino to casino and even, in theory, from day to day.

Picking a casino game is about more than just the house edge

Whilst this article focusses on the house edge, it is vital to note that this stat is not the be all and end all. Different games appeal to different casino players for different reasons.

Online slots

Blackjack has a very low house edge but it requires a certain degree of skill and knowledge and even concentration. Also, most wins pay out at odds of evens, so in order to win big you need to either be a casino high roller; or you need to be very lucky and go on a long winning streak.

In contrast, online slots may have a higher edge but they offer the chance to win huge sums for a stake of £1 or less. Progressive jackpot slots offer seven- and even eight-figure jackpots. It’s easy to see why they are so popular.

Lastly, which game you prefer may also depend what you are trying to achieve and what mood you are in. If you just want to have some fun and play for a long time, games such as blackjack and video poker are perfect. The low house edge and low variance means you have a great chance of enjoying hours at the table on a low budget.

On the other hand, if you want fast-paced thrills and have a higher budget, games like slots or online roulette offer higher risk but potentially much higher rewards.

Of course, no matter what or why you play, claiming a big welcome bonus automatically swings the odds your way. Throw in a bit of luck as well and today could be the day you win big. Good luck!

Free Spins

Free Spins: Info on Free Spin Casino Bonuses and Offers Including No Deposit Free Spins

Online and mobile casinos offer new and existing customers a huge range of bonuses and promotions. Free spins are just one aspect of that and here we take a look at how they work.

Most online casino sites offer a welcome bonus that matches your deposit in some way. However, some casinos will instead give new players a certain number of free spins on online slots.

More commonly, however, free spins are combined with another bonus as a nice little extra. Alternatively they may be offered as a “free spins no deposit” promotion, where you can actually claim the spins without even having to risk any cash at all.

Read on for more information on free spins at the best slots sites and online casinos. Alternatively, hit the button below to check out all our casino welcome offers.

What are Free Spins?

If you’ve ever played at an online casino before you’ll probably know what we mean by free spins. However, for casino and slots newbies, let us explain.

Free spins let you play online slots totally free of charge. It’s not rocket science, clearly! The spins are free but you can still win real cash!

As said, free spins may be granted when you first join a new site or alternatively given to existing customers. They can form part of a bonus package or be the entire offer.

For example, when you join a new casino you may get a 100% matched casino bonus AND 50 free spins.

On the other hand some sites might offer no deposit free spins as their main welcome bonus.

Regardless of how they are packaged, free spins are great fun. You get to play some amazing slots without risking your own cash. They are also a brilliant way to try new slots you don’t normally play.

How Can I Claim Free Spins?

Claiming free spins is really simple and easy. If free spins are available we’ll highlight them, either on our main casino offers page, our welcome bonuses page – or maybe both if we’re feeling generous!

You may need to opt in or claim the free spins but we’ll always tell you the basic details of the offer. For the full terms and conditions of each free spins promo, just visit the relevant site.

Often free spins will only be apparent when you open a particular slot. If in doubt just head to live chat customer support. Most of the best online slots sites and casinos have 24/7 live chat and you can get a really quick answer helping you “find” and play through your free spins.

Free Spins FAQ

Can I play any slot with my free spins?

With some free spins you can play any slot you like. However, with many offers the free spins are specific to a certain game or group of games. The offer will always make this very clear.

What are my free spins worth?

The free spins almost always have a set value, for example you might get 100 free spins worth 20p per spin. Usually the free spins are all-lines, with a low value per line, although of course this changes from one site to another and one offer to another.

Can I win real cash?

The short answer is yes! The free spins are free and if they are no deposit free spins then you literally cannot lose. But you can still win real cash. Sounds too good to be true but it isn’t, we promise you!

Of course, these slots sites and online casinos aren’t charities though and there is almost always wagering attached with the free spins.

Can I withdraw winnings from my free spins?

Ultimately you can but usually you will have to complete some bonus wagering before you can withdraw winnings. Again, this varies from promotion to promotion and casino to casino.

Some offers may let you withdraw any winnings with no wagering at all. Others may require that whatever you win from the free spins you bet at least once. Yet other sites may have more stringent wagering terms.

These may be more like the standard bonus rollover terms for the main casino welcome offer. This means the wagering may be 10 times the bonus value or even higher.

However, as these are free spins, and potentially ones where you didn’t even have to make a deposit, these terms and conditions are more than fair.

Can I complete the wagering on any game?

Sorry to sound like a stuck record but again this will depend on the terms of the promo at the site you are playing at. Often, the winnings from your free spins must be wagered on the same slot or group of slots in the offer. However, from time to time you may be able to play any game.

In the first instance, the spins will almost always count at 100%, meaning that if you spin for £1, £1 will come off the wagering. If can play other games including non-slots, these will usually contribute at different rates so check the offers terms to be sure.

Where are my free spins?

Free spins may show as a pop-up, under the “My account” area or, more commonly, are visible when you open a promo slot. Free spins usually show separately from your main balance or even the bonus balance.

If you have completed any pre-bonus requirements, believe you have met all the terms of the offer and have opened one of the eligible free spins slots and still can’t see your spins, just contact the casino’s customer services team.

Can I play my free spins on mobile?

All of the great casinos we feature here at CasinoOffers.Co have mobile versions. Usually you can use the free spins on mobile, desktop or tablet. Some offers may be mobile only or alternatively restrict the use of mobiles.

Do my free spins expire?

Nothing lasts forever and so it is with free spins. You usually have a limited time to “use them or lose them” so make sure you don’t miss out. Claim any free spins as soon as they are available and make sure you play them through with the time of their validity.

If you do miss out on some free spins it may be worth contacting customer support. If you find someone generous and explain you made a genuine mistake they may be able to recredit the spins. Of course, this will be entirely at their discretion.

Which sites offer no deposit free spins?

Obviously this varies from time to time but you can check out our no deposit offers for details. No deposit free spins will also be highlighted in our main casino offers area.

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