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August 27, 2009 - When it comes to free cash bonuses at the online casino, there is nothing more popular than the sign up bonus. I mean, c'mon, for most people, it's the deciding factor in choosing an online casino to deposit money with. Free money if you sign up NOW! We'll pay YOU to gamble online! Could it get more tempting? Well, maybe I shouldn't answer that question, 'cause it can get more tempting. My point is that the free welcome bonus, a.k.a. online casino sign up bonus, is definitely the most popular of the free cash offers.

Even the reload bonus is not as tempting as it used to be. These days, most welcome bonuses are actually reload bonuses disguisedly marketed as a true online casino sign up bonus. If you're not sure what I'm talking about, please allow me to explain. You see, back in the early days of online gambling, which was actually less than just fifteen years ago, online casinos would give a single bonus on a single first-time deposit. The greater the percentage, the more free money offered, and the least wagering restrictions generally amounted to the most popular bonus.

Unfortunately, the monetary figure became the chief focus of players, who wouldn't even bother reading the terms and conditions of the sign up bonus and then complain they were ripped off by the online casino after finding out they placed bets on restricted games or made an early withdrawal request. And I'm not even talking about before online casinos were required to visibly post bonus terms and conditions on their website, which is no longer the case thanks to the high standards imposed by eCOGRA. I'm talking about players getting so focused on free money, they don't stop to think just how "free" it really is.

In response to this demand, and perhaps a means of staying competitive, some online casinos chose to begin advertising their ongoing bonus offers as welcome sign up bonuses. Some still do to this day. They will say something like, "Gamble With $5,000 Free", but in reality, it's a bonus covering multiple deposits. In other words, it doesn't mean you are going to get $5,000 free bucks to start off with - even as a match bonus. It means you will get up to $5,000 Free over the course of a certain number of deposits according to the bonus terms. You usually have to go two clicks deep from the online casino home page to find this out.

By no means am I saying it's unethical to advertise this way. Go Casino, for example, advertises a $20,000 Free Sign Up Bonus Offer that is split up over the course of twenty deposits. However, Go Casino is quick to give you this information on the main promotions page of their website (See the OCS Go Casino Review for more information). It's the online casinos that don't even bother to tell you this information, other than burying it in the fine print T&C's, that are unethical scumbags.

I guess the point I'm trying to make is that you shouldn't always go for an online casino sign up bonus just on the monetary figure you see advertised. Read through the terms and conditions and make sure you find something to the effect of "up to so much free on the first deposit" in writing. Of course, all online casinos say they can change their T&C's at any time. Yet the good one's will never do.

If you really do want big money on a one-time deposit, you need to find what is called a high roller sign up bonus. For US/Euro/UK facing online casinos, my top picks are: Slots Oasis, Lucky Club and Golden Casino.

Slots Oasis offers 400% up to $4,000 Free on slots with one deposit or 200% up to $1,000 Free on Blackjack with one deposit.

Lucky Club offers 100% up to $999 Free on slots with one deposit.

Golden Casino offers a $1,000 high roller slots bonus on the first deposit as well (see their VIP Rewards page to get info).

Or, you could visit the OCS Online Casino Sign Up Bonus page for more info.


Originally published: August, 2009 | Categories: Casino Bonuses


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