Bonuses are undoubtedly the first things you’ll come across when looking for a new bingo site to sign up to. There was a time when simply offering online bingo games of good quality would make sites popular and appealing to players, but now things have changed with the rise in popularity of online bingo. There are now hundreds of sites out there, all offering various bingo and slot games of good graphic quality. This has of course created fierce competition, and so sites have started battling against each other to offer players bingo bonuses for choosing their site to play on.
There are a few different types of bonuses available, and each is appealing in its own way.
No deposit bonus
The first and the most popular kind of bingo bonus is the no deposit bonus. This is given to a new player by no deposit bingo sites, immediately after the completion of registration process. This no deposit bonus is free of any charges and can be used by the player on the site, just like real money, to play real bingo games and win prizes. You don’t have to spend a penny to receive this, however you may be asked for card details to confirm your account registration on some sites, though rest assured no cash will be taken at this point.
Bonuses can range from £5 free to £20 on some sites if you’re lucky enough to find ones offering this much. On average, sites on the likes of Live Bingo Network and Ignite brands tend to offer £10 or £15 free which is just enough to sample a few of the different bingo and side games on offer on these sites. Some restrictions usually apply, such as limitations on what types of games you can play. Often there’s a vast choice but no deposit cash cannot usually be spent on progressive jackpot games or specific promotional games. Also, players are usually required to either meet certain wagering requirements or make a deposit before they are allowed to withdraw any winnings from no deposit cash.
The second most common kind of bonus given away by online no deposit bingo sites is the deposit bonus. This bonus is given to a bingo player when he makes a deposit of required amount. The bonus is expressed in the form of percentage of the deposit amount and normally ranges from at least 100% to 500%. This bonus amount can be used by the player along with the real deposit amount. This means that with most deposit bonuses, you’re guaranteed to at least double your money right away.
Some sites offer a deposit bonus package – this is particularly common on Cozy Games and Live Bingo Network sites such as Lucky Touch Bingo which offers a total of 1150% in bonuses spread across your first three deposits to a site. This promises more free funds and more value for players.
There are usually less restrictions on games with this bonus, with no limit to what bingo and side games you can spend your bonus on. Also, as you will already have made your first deposit to the site in order to receive this bonus, any wins made can usually be withdrawn after meeting basic wagering criteria.
A good thing about this type of bonus is that because it is a percentage of your deposit amount, you can look forward to more free cash for the more cash you deposit. Look out for caps on these bonuses though as some have a limit on how much you can receive, for example 400% up to £400, which means the maximum you could deposit would be £100 to receive the full bonus potential.
In the view of the comparison above, it looks as though the site which offers a better deposit bonus is better for players who want to play for the long term. A no deposit bonus is just a one-time affair and thus a minor difference in this amount does not benefit the player much. On the other hand, deposit bonus can offer more cash and can sometimes be offered on many occasions.