Bingo Bonuses-Do you understand them?

By Becky Mosley - March 25 2009

Bingo bonuses can look relatively straight forward to some people but a lot of bingo players struggle to work out and understand exactly what they are getting for their money.

A bingo bonus can otherwise be known as ‘BB’s’, Bingo bucks, welcome bonus or a deposit bonus. Bingo bonuses are used to encourage new players to play real money bingo and can give you more bingo games for your money.

Some bingo sites have a no deposit required bonus which enables you to play bingo free without making a deposit. This is useful so that you can get a feel for the bingo site, work out if the promotions are any good and also check out the customer service that is available. Every bingo site is different on the rules which surround their no deposit required bonus, generally speaking you will not be able to withdraw the bonus and the terms and conditions in relation to this will need to be checked.

Some bingo sites do not allow players to wager their deposit bonus in all areas, you may not be able to use them on the side games for example. You may only be able to play bingo in particular rooms too and possibly not be able to use the chat room.

A deposit bonus will require you to make a real money deposit into your bingo account when you register or after you have wagered your no deposit required free bingo bonus. You will then be offered a deposit bonus which is usually a percentage of the amount that you wish to deposit. A typical deposit bonus percentage is 100%, therefore if you were to deposit £10 you will be given an additional £10 in your bingo account that you can play with. The first deposits that bingo sites offer are usually large as they are an incentive for you to play bingo at their site. Some of the deposit bonuses currently available are up to a massive 500% meaning you would get a £25 for a stake of just £5.

Recurring deposit bonuses can be found at some online bingo sites too, these can be good news especially if you are a regular bingo player. Loyalty program rewards can also allow you to earn more in deposit bonuses based on the amount of money that you have wagered.

The deposit bonuses differ hugely from site to site and it is worth spending some time comparing them and also making sure that you understand the amount that you will be given for depositing.

It is also worth noting that you do not get free money for nothing so make sure small print is read and all requirements are met and understood.

You also need to be aware that some bingo sites will require you to gamble your deposit and the bonus a particular amount of times before you are able to withdraw. Obviously this does vary between the bingo sites so again make sure that you have read the terms and conditions thoroughly.

Deposit bonuses can be really good and often mean that you get a lot more for your money. However, I have noticed that afew online bingo players have posted on bingo forums stating they believe some of the systems to be unfair, in some cases I do agree which is why you must always check the small print. The rules are usually displayed in theFAQ’s section on any bingo site and do not be afraid to ask the customer services if unsure, that is what they are there for!

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