Bonuses represent main attraction of online casino gambling. Giving high bonuses makes people want to play and get that additional money in their pockets. But you can’t enter the casino get bonus and cash out because every bonus has conditions you have to pass in order to get that money. But lets forget about that and talk about different kinds of bonuses offered by online casinos.
Welcome bonuses are standard for every casino. Only difference in welcome bonuses between different online casinos is the number and type of those bonuses. Most common welcome bonuses are one shot bonuses that are given for first deposit. Some casinos will give different amount of bonus in regard to the amount of that deposit, while others have one fixated amount in bonus (very rare). Some casinos will give bonuses for depositing money to certain games on their platform. Some casinos will give you welcome bonuses for several deposits and they will offer you other types of bonuses while some give only basic bonuses including small welcome bonus.
Then you have referral bonuses which are given to two people. Referrer is player who refers another person into joining the casino with special link. And the referred player gains referral bonus for joining through an existing player. None of those two people will get bonuses unless referred person deposits money and plays several turns in a game. This really depicts the bonuses, nothing is free in a world of gambling.
You have those so called insurance and cashback bonuses which are given in regard to percentage of all your previous losses. In many cases you can obtain that bonus through third party websites that offer this kind of bonuses. But, remember they are an insurance and they must earn on all of that. If you want to gain those bonuses you will have to give them small percentages of all of your bets.
There are bonuses that don’t require any type of deposit. They are used for attracting new players to the casino. They come in two similar forms, shadow and sticky bonuses. Both of these bonuses add money ot your account and you can play with it, but you can’t cash in that money. Difference between shadow and sticky is seen once you decide to withdraw money you earned with that money. Once you withdraw your earned money what is left from shadow bonus money will disappear, while money from sticky bonus will be left on your account and you will be able to play with it after the withdrawal.
Whenever there is some off-chance of gaining money though bonuses with no risk at all, there will be people who will abuse those opportunities. They are doing an activity which I described and which is called bonus whoring and bonus hunting. Here is one example of such activity.
Player locates a bonus for a game in which he can play with small chance of winning and zero chance of losing. Once he hits the quota which unlocks money from that bonus he stops playing.