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Most online casino bonuses are not designed for players who prefer live casino play. Instead of encouraging players to try live casino games, they normally include rules that make it difficult or impossible to use a bonus offer for anything but slots. So where can players fine the best live casino bonus offers?
How to find the best live casino bonus offers
Experienced live casino players will know that most casino bonuses are designed mostly for slots players. But there are a few online casinos that offer specialist live casino bonuses that are worth considering. Here are the three things to check to make sure a bonus is suitable for live casino play:
- What are the game weightings for live casino games?
- How big is the bonus?
- What is the wagering requirement?
For considering a standard online bonus, this list would be reversed. But for live casino players, the most important thing to check is if live casino games count for bonus play at all!
Live casino game weightings
Almost all online casino bonuses contain something generally known as “game weightings.” The way game weightings generally work is most slots count 100% towards a wagering requirement, and other types of games count less. Live casino games normally count the lowest, often 10%, 5%, or even 0%! There are even some casino bonus offers that ban the use of bonus funds on live casino games completely!
These rules could make it seem like casinos do not like live casino players, but this is not the case. The reasons for these game weightings is something we will discuss below, but for now let’s accept that knowing the game weightings for any bonus is key – especially for live casino players.
Bonuses that do not have low game weightings for live casino games are pretty rare, so much so that players can save themselves a lot of time by ignoring bonus offers that are not designed for live casino players.
As a general rule, any bonus offer that is not specifically designed for live casino players is not worth taking.
But wait! Even the best live casino bonuses may not give a 100% game weighting to all live casino games. For players who gravitate to one particular game, like blackjack or roulette, check in advance to be sure a bonus will fit your playing pattern.
How big is the bonus?
Most casinos are really up front with how big a bonus is, so this is not difficult to figure out. Here is one top tip, however:
The percentage match is more important than the maximum bonus size!
Here is what that means: a bonus with a 200% first deposit match up to £100 is much better than a bonus with a 50% match up to £200. The higher the percentage, the less a proportion of a players own cash is required.
This may sound like really basic advice, but be aware of this marketing trick: online casinos will often advertise high maximum bonus amounts to distract attention from a fairly ordinary percentage match. Offers that only mention the maximum bonus amount should be approached with caution.
What is the wagering requirement?
For slots players, finding a bonus with the lowest wagering requirements is the priority. For live casino players it is still important, but only worth looking at if the game weightings and bonus size make an offer attractive.
A wagering requirement is something almost all online casinos apply to promotions to ensure that players do not immediately withdraw their bonus funds without playing. They are normally expressed as a number of times a bonus amount (or bonus and deposit combined amount) must be played through. For example, a “80x” wagering requirement would require for a player to play through a bonus eighty times before being able to withdraw a bonus as cash. For a £100, this results in a £8,000 wagering requirement.
Wagering targets can sound very high, but it is important to understand that the player does not need to produce the target amount to withdraw the bonus. Depending on a player’s luck and skill, a £100 stake can be wagered over and over again without incurring substantial losses. Of course, substantial wins are also possible!
We will discuss wagering requirements in more detail below, but for now there is one more issue that needs explaining – what does the wagering requirement apply to?
Wagering requirement: bonus only, deposit only, or bonus + deposit?
There are three different amounts that a wagering requirement can be applied to, and a player should always understand which system a promotion is using before taking out a bonus.