As casinos seek ways to attract new players and keep their existing ones, they try many things. One such thing is No Deposit Bonuses, offering players the opportunity to try out a casino without risking their own money.
A No Deposit Bonus is simply an amount of bonus money provided to you by the casino without having to make an associated deposit, something you would have to do with a normal deposit bonus. No Deposit Bonuses are somewhat uncommon, the more frequently used “free” bonus is the ever-ubiquitous free spins.
The main idea with No Deposit Bonuses from the casino’s point of view is that the player can try out the casino without risking their own money, hoping that, as they get a feel for the casino, they will like it and decide to return in the future. As the player risks none of their own funds they have nothing to lose and getting them to try out the casino should be an easy sell.
As you can understand, the casinos do not like giving away money for free, they are in it for the profit after all. Therefore, the bonus money will be subject to wagering requirements just like with a normal deposit bonus. As a player you should consider the wagering requirements set by the casino as it tells you something about what their intentions are. If they are too high (in the x50+ range) the casino doesn’t want you to win anything with the bonus and they treat it mostly as a way for you to test them out. If the requirements are in the more reasonable range (x35-40) they treat it like just another bonus and are willing to let you win with it. How you feel about that is up to you to decide but it could be an idea to check their other promotions to see if they are being stingy there too.
Some No Deposit Bonuses can restrict the games you can play, like only allowing play on slots. Sometimes this is because the bonus might be a small amount and table and live casino games often require larger bets. The casino wants you to try out the site for a longer time after all, instead of placing two bets and being done, defeating the purpose of the bonus.
Also pay attention to things like expiration dates and other terms and conditions that might affect your play, pay particular attention to any withdrawal restrictions. No Deposit Bonuses can often have some unusual terms and conditions, so try to avoid any unpleasant surprises.
All things considered though; No Deposit Bonuses are just a free chance to win money with no risk of losing any of your own funds. All you stand to lose is the time spent playing, and as gambling should be done for entertainment purposes, we hope that time was well spent and not wasted.