A reload bonus is near enough the same thing as a deposit bonus, whereby if you make a qualifying deposit, you’ll be given bonus funds on top to increase your potential playing time. Often you’ll see that these deals are represented by a percentage, such as get a 100% up to €100 reload bonus, for example. This means you’ll be able to double your playing funds. Other bonuses of this type will feature different percentages, such as 25%, 50%, or 200%, or otherwise provide you with a set amount when you add additional funds into your account.

Minimum and maximum limits

All casino bonuses of this type will have a maximum amount that you can claim as part of the offer. For example, you might see it written as ‘Get 50% up to €200’. In this case, you would need to deposit €400 in order to claim the maximum amount of €200. Otherwise, you might see an offer described as something such as ‘Get €50 when you deposit €100 or more’. In this case, then, the amount given in bonus funds is set in stone, while the amount you add to your account can be anything you like, so long as you meet the minimum requirements. Speaking of which…

In the second example given above, you must make a payment of €100 or more to qualify for the deal. However, when percentages are involved, you will notice in the terms and conditions that the minimum deposit amount is stated. This will often be in the €10 to €20 range.

Wagering requirements explained

Another important term that you should be aware of is the wagering requirement. Sometimes this isn’t included in the terms, if the deal is a no-wagering affair, but these are few and far between. More often than not, you will have to play through a certain amount of money in order to withdraw any winnings that you obtain from the additional funds provided by the casino.

There are two main types. The first of these involves playing through multiples of the bonus amount that you’ve been given. So, if you claim €200 in bonuses and the wagering requirement is set at the industry standard of 35x, that means you will need to play through (wager) a total of €7,000 (200 x 35). This may seem like a tall order, but don’t forget that you can always be winning large or small amounts as you meet the conditions of the reload bonus.

The other main type is calculated by adding the bonus amount and the deposit amount but usually comes with a lower playthrough requirement to compensate for this. So, if you deposited €100 and claimed €100 in additional playing funds and wagering is set at 30x, you will need to play through a total of €6,000 (200 x 30).

Other considerations

One other thing to be aware of is that not all games will contribute towards wagering 100%. So, while most slots do contribute 100%, table games and poker will either not be permitted or come with a much lower contribution of around 5% for example. Also, there will be a certain timeframe within which you must complete the wagering requirements. So, always read the full terms and conditions to ensure you don’t get caught out!