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Bigger is Better
by Max Drayman, WINNERonline.com
25 January, 2004

What could be better than a bonus? A BIG BONUS of course! Lately, we've been seeing a trend with bonuses getting bigger and bigger. I'm not sure why this has happened; perhaps it could be increased competition for players - who knows - but as long as the players benefit, who cares.

Of course getting a bonus is one thing, cashing it in can be quite another. This is where the Terms & Conditions come into play. We've talked about this before, but seriously, ya gotta read the T&Cs.

There's one thing that's been bugging me lately and I feel it needs to be mentioned. I've noticed that several casinos (not necessarily any of the ones listed here) state that betting/bonus requirements are "to be determined by casino manager". I've been told that the manager determines the requirements by some mysterious algorithm and it's different for every game. When I give them specifics on which game and how much I would bet, they still can't give me a clear answer. On every occassion, I've asked for the casino manager's email address so I could ask him myself but was told they couldn't give it out. Things like this really make me wonder. I personally don't care for terms like that and can't say I know anyone who does.

Anyhow, back to the topic... For those who like their bonuses big, we've compiled a list of online casinos that offer bonuses of $200 of more. The pitboss recommends the top four in this list as they're current advertisers in good standing, and I'm sure would like to remain that way.

Golden Tiger

  • bonus: 50% sign-up Match Bonus
  • max bonus: $250
  • to qualify: automatic
  • playthrough: 7x (deposit + bonus)
  • game exemptions: Roulette, Progressive Roulette, Sic Bo, Baccarat, and Craps.
  • casino software: Microgaming

    Phoenician Casino

  • bonus: 50% sign-up Match Bonus
  • max bonus: $250
  • to qualify: email (coupon)
  • playthrough: 10x (deposit + bonus)
  • game exemptions: Craps and Baccarat
  • additional restrictions: "If you play any of the Blackjack, Roulette or Poker games, you are required to play 20 times your initial deposit plus 20 times the bonus received."
  • casino software: Realtime Gaming

    iVegas

  • bonus: sign-up and deposit $500.00 to $1,000.00 and receive a 25% deposit bonus
  • max bonus: $250
  • to qualify: automatic
  • playthrough: 10x (deposit + bonus)
  • game exemptions: Poker Room, Roulette and Craps
  • casino software: iGaming Networks

    Lasseters

  • bonus: 50% Match bonus on first deposit + $10 sign-up bonus.
  • max bonus: $250 + $10
  • to qualify: automatic
  • playthrough: 10x (deposit + bonus)
  • game exemptions: Roulette, Baccarat and Sic Bo.
  • casino software: Proprietary


    We've also found some other attractive offers from online casinos who are currently NOT advertisers on WINNERonline. As always, we recommend reading the T&Cs.

    BlackJack BallRoom

  • bonus: 40% matching sign up bonus on the first purchase of between $20 and $1000.
  • max bonus: $400
  • to qualify: automatic
  • playthrough: 7x (deposit + bonus)
  • game exemptions: "Blackjack, Video Poker and Power Poker require fifteen (15) times turnover".
  • additional restrictions: A number of South East Asia and Eastern Europe countries are under special restrictions at Blackjack Ballroom. "Winnings from these accounts will not be paid out more than the amount of the purchases made on the account."
  • casino software: Viper

    RiverBelle Casino

  • bonus: 100% sign-up Match Bonus.
  • max bonus: $250, 20% additional bonus if your first purchase is made using NETeller InstaCash or FirePay (this bonus is only available to Players purchasing in US Dollars)
  • to qualify: email
  • playthrough: 15x (purchase + bonus)
  • game exemptions: Craps, Sic Bo, Baccarat, Roulette and Progressive Roulette tables, Jacks or Better Video Poker and Jacks or Better Power Poker
  • additional restrictions: "Owing to ongoing severe abuse of new promotions by players resident in Israel, Denmark and China, any player from these countries are required to wager 20 times the sum of the purchase and bonus before any cash-in will be permitted." Additional game exemptions also apply to players from these countries.
  • casino software: Viper

    Club Dice Casino

  • bonus: High Rollers Bonus: $350 bonus on a first single deposit of $1,000+
  • max bonus: $350
  • to qualify: email
  • playthrough: 12x deposit
  • game exemptions: Roulette, Baccarat, Craps or Sic Bo
  • bonus: $200 Bonus: a first single deposit $150 (and up), and you get $200
  • to qualify: auto
  • playthrough: 4x (deposit + bonus)
  • game exemptions: Roulette, Baccarat, Craps or Sic Bo
  • casino software: PlayTech

    Carnival Casino

  • bonus: first single deposit of $100+ receive 200% bonus
  • max bonus: $222
  • additional $555 in bonuses available for "2nd and 3rd day" deposits made within 1 week of the initial deposit for a total of $777 in bonuses.
  • to qualify: auto
  • NOTE: "bonus credits are for wagering purpose only, and you may not cash out the bonus. ... Bonuses will be automatically removed from players' accounts after a withdrawal request"
  • playthrough: 8x (bonus + deposit)
  • game exemptions: Craps, Roulette (American and European), Sic Bo, Baccarat, and Jacks or Better 4 Lines, Deuces Wild 4 Lines, Aces and Faces 4 Lines
  • casino software: PlayTech

    Lucky Nugget Casino

  • bonus: first single deposit of $50 or more receives $200 bonus
  • max bonus: $200
  • to qualify: email
  • playthrough: 20x (deposit + bonus)
  • game exemptions: Baccarat, Craps, Roulette, Progressive Roulette, Jacks or Better Video Poker, Jacks or Better Power Video Poker and Sic Bo.
  • additional restrictions: "Owing to ongoing severe abuse of new promotions by players resident in Israel, Denmark and China, any player from these countries is required to wager 30 times the sum of the purchase and bonus before any cash-in will be permitted. In addition to the aforementioned wagering requirements, wagers placed on the following games will not be deemed as fulfilling a promotion's minimum wager requirement: All forms of Blackjack, Craps, Sic Bo, Red Dog, all forms of Baccarat, all forms of Roulette and Progressive Roulette tables, all forms of Power Poker and Video Poker except Deuces Wild."
  • casino software: MicroGaming

    Hampton Online Casino

  • bonus: 200% sign-up bonus
  • max bonus: $200
  • to qualify: email (coupon)
  • playthrough: 20x (deposit + bonus)
  • NOTE: "All bonuses are non-cashable this means that the bonus itself may not be withdrawn at any time although any winnings generated by using the bonus are 100% withdrawable. When you request a withdrawal your bonus amount is deducted from the total withdraw amount at the time that its approved."
  • game exemptions: Blackjack, 21 Games, Craps, Roulette, Baccarat, Tri Card Poker, Bingo and Multi-Player Poker.
  • casino software: Realtime Gaming

    The Gaming Club

  • bonus: 100% Match Bonus of up to $150
  • max bonus: $150, 20% additional bonus if your first purchase is made using NETeller InstaCash or FirePay
  • to qualify: email
  • playthrough: 15x (deposit + bonus)
  • game exemptions: Craps, Sic Bo, Baccarat, Roulette and Progressive Roulette tables, Jacks or Better Video Poker and Jacks or Better Power Poker
  • casino software: Viper

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