Why are 500+ Welcome Spins the new hot casino bonus?

Those who have been in the casino bonus market for a while will remember when £10 no deposit bonuses  were common, and it seems like only yesterday that 20 Free Spins No Deposit bonuses were a standard feature of any UK casino…but things have changed.

Since the UK Gambling Commission clampdown on bonus offers, regulation and management of casinos operating in the UK, bonuses are adapting to fit.

The latest bonus that is sweeping the UK is the BIG 500+ Free Spins offer that we see at many online casinos. But are all these offers the same? We decided to break it down with a few examples.

We search UK Casino Awards for the biggest bonuses to see what we could find.

STS Bet – 500 Bonus Spins

Ok so straight away we’re on our guard here. 500 ‘Bonus’ spins, as opposed to ‘Free’ spins gets us looking for the wagering conditions and terms. Having found them surprisingly, there’s no wagering on the spins. Great news right?

Well, not all great…minimum £50 first deposit required to activate the spins…that’s VERY high, but wait there’s more… The bonus spins are only added after LOSING a minimum of £50 on slots.

Having said that, if you deposit £50, lose it all, and end up getting 500 spins worth 0.10p each with no wagering…you’re going to feel a whole lot better about things. Right?

  • Min deposit – £50(!)
  • Spins – 500 guaranteed
  • Spin value – 0.10p
  • Wagering on winnings from spins –  None!

Check our STS Casino review here.

bgo Casino – Deposit £10 and win up to 500 Free Spins

Well this bgo casino bonus has already proven to be quite popular since launch. Let’s look into why.

Ok so right away we can see that this bonus requires a £10 deposit to activate and has 65x wagering on winnings from spins. The spins are on the awesome Twin Spin slot, and they are worth a generous 0.50p each!

However, at bgo you only get a chance to WIN up to 500 Free Spins. In fact there is a disclaimer in the terms saying “Please note, the 1st deposit bonus can result in different bonuses being awarded, players may get 10 spins or win up to 500, there is no guarantee on how many spins will be issued”.

But wait there’s another sneaky term…”The maximum you can win from the Free Spins won from the Mega Wheel is £8 for every 10 Free Spins. The maximum you can win from the Free Spins winnings after completing wagering requirements is £150″.

Do you understand that? We ‘think’ it says that if you win 500 Spins, you can only win at a maximum rate of £8 every 10 spins…so a max potential win of £400. You then have to wager that £400 65x to cash out…and the max cashout is £150. Oh.

So for £10, you pay your money and take your chances. You can spend the £10 on slots anyway, and you get a chance to win up to 500 spins as a bonus. The T&Cs are very restrictive so be sure you know what to expect. bgo offer the same bonus at some of their other brands.

  • Min deposit – £10
  • Spins – 10-500
  • Spin value – 0.50p
  • Wagering on winnings from spins –  65x

Check our bgo Casino review here

Slots Gold/UK Slots/Various Jumpman brands…

Ok so here’s one we see a lot…it’s the ‘Spin the wheel and win 500 Starburst Spins’ offer that so many white label casinos are pushing. We will come straight out and say ‘This bonus has not been popular at all with our visitors’! Yeah that’s right, not many people are claiming this one…let’s find out why…

Ok so at first glance this is pretty much the same thing as bgo Casino. Deposit £10 or more, spin the reel, win spins. It’s the same basic deal, but the slots vary and the prizes on the reel include things like ‘Amazon vouchers’. It all feels a bit low-rent and underwhelming to be honest.The top ‘prize’ is 500 spins on Starburst, and personally that’s not something that we’re itching to win!

  • Min deposit – £10
  • Spins – 10-500
  • Spin value – 0.50p
  • Wagering on winnings from spins –  65x

Check out our Slots Gold review here

Vegas Spins Casino: Win up to 777 Free Spins!

777 Free Spins? Yes please where do I sign up? Oh hang on…this is going to be one of those ‘too good to be true’ situations isn’t it?

Sadly, yes it is. Let’s look at the terms in detail, ot just the short version…ah, here we go:

“Prizes and winning chances are: 50% – 75,000 Coins; 0.1% – 777 Free Spins; 0.1% – £50 Games Bonus; 49.8% – 100 Free Spins (20 Free Spins on 5 consecutive days on Stampede, Fluffy In Space, Shaman’s Spirit, Zombies Gone Wild and Fluffy Favourites respectively)”

So you’re going to win 100 Free Spins across 5 consecutive days or 75,000 ‘coins’ (whatever they are). If you can beat the 85x wagering they’ll let you cash out a max of £100. I have no idea what the spins are worth, I gave up caring by this point.

  • Min deposit – £10
  • Spins – 0-777
  • Spin value – ???
  • Wagering on winnings from spins –  85x

Check out our Vegas Spins review here