If you’ve ever been anywhere near an online casino or slot site, you have almost certainly heard the term ‘free spins’. Whether a welcome bonus or a regular promotion, these spins are part and parcel of any online gaming website. But when is free, free? What are they actually worth? We’ve answered all of these questions in this blog.
Free spins are by far the most popular bonus amongst online casino novices, but they’re surprisingly less popular with seasoned casino players. Not that there’s anything wrong with receiving bonus spins, but other bonus types are preferable to some.
What Are Free Spins?
Free spins are exactly what they say on the tin – spins on slots. They are usually handed out on specific games, although you can sometimes (but rarely) get spins offered across an entire site for you to chose your own game to play on.
You will often see the term ‘free spins’ attached to a welcome offer with a deposit bonus. Now, the line is a little blurred as to whether these spins are actually ‘free’, since you have to make an initial deposit. However, we tend to look at it this way – you’ve made your initial deposit to get your first deposit match, for example £100 to get £100 bonus. Receiving 100 spins on top of that is an added bonus.
As with most casino bonuses, you’ll find free spins come with wagering requirements. Although, it’s becoming more common that casinos are attracting new players by making welcome bonuses wager-free, which is a pretty good deal.
Free Spins Checklist
There are a couple of things you should always consider when taking up this type of offer, so that you completely understand what you’re getting. They are:
- How many spins are you getting? Obviously the more the better, depending on where you sign up, you’ll find anywhere from 10 to 300 spins.
- What’s the value of your spins? 0.10p a spin is the most common, so if you get 20 free spins at that value, what you’re really getting is a £2 bonus – keep that in mind.
- What’s the wagering requirements? On a small free spins bonus, we’d expect to see somewhere between 5 and 20x wagering requirements, anything above would be considered very high.
- How much can you withdraw? Yes, this is a thing. Most spins bonuses will stipulate a maximum win of say, £100. If you got £5 worth of free spins and won £100, you’d be pretty happy. However, if you somehow managed to win £1,000 and could only withdraw £100, you’d be annoyed if you didn’t know beforehand.
- Which games are they on? Most of the time, your bonus spins will be limited to a specific game(s), so check out the games first and see if they’re any good.
Do Bonus Spins With No Deposit Exist?
Free spins without needing to deposit do exist, albeit it’s becoming less common. There’s still sites out there that will give you free spins for registering, without spending a penny.
The only catch with this, as outlined above, is plenty of terms and conditions attached. For the most part, they will be sticky bonuses that can’t be withdrawn, and the value is often so low, that it feels pretty impossible to win anything – especially if there are wagering requirements. It’s definitely worth claiming spins, as you’ll be able to get a feel for the site and its games and it won’t cost you a penny, but don’t expect to walk away rich.
It’s a personal preference, but we think that deposit matches much better value for money. You can earn much bigger bonuses by depositing, even as little as £10, that is likely to last you longer and be more enjoyable than no deposit free spins. Just remember to always gamble responsibly, and never bet more than you can afford.