What is it exactly that draws people into online casinos? Is it, perhaps, a chance to win a fortune without leaving your own house? It could be, but one of the utmost advantages of any online casino is its bonus system. What are bonuses? In a nutshell, these are ‘free’ money given to you by the casino as a present for your playing there. In this way, casinos attract more and more players in a bid to earn surplus revenues. However, with certain skills and a portion of luck, players can add to their gains using casinos’ generosity. There exist myriad of bonuses, including no deposit bonuses, fixed/percentage bonuses on the first deposit, monthly, risk-free, refer-a-friend, voting and special-deposit bonuses. What do all these have in common? They are never given for no special reason. You may get the bonus, but before you’ll have to fulfil certain obligations, as your casino is not just sharing its money – it aims to get an active player in return. Be sure to read bonus conditions. If you don’t find them on a casino’s website, refer to the support team; otherwise, be ready for unpleasant surprises. Standard conditions ask the player to make bets on a certain amount before taking a bonus or gain. The sum is known as a wager and is usually defined as some part of the worth of bonus, deposit, or deposit plus bonus. To illustrate: to obtain the gain in Golden Cherry Casino, the sum of your bets must 30 times exceed the amount of bonus (in short, this is written as: 30*b, where ‘b’ is the bonus sum, and ‘d’ is the deposit sum). Apart from standard conditions concerning the wager sum, you can encounter other conditions as well, because many casinos don’t include in the wager those bets that you make in the roulette, baccarat, and dice. The matter is that these games enable you to make virtually risk-free bets (for instance, on black and white simultaneously). Presently, an increasing number of casinos are making it impossible to win back the wager in blackjack or video poker, or otherwise are setting higher wager requirements for these games. Another bonus condition could be the limit on the amount of gain you can win while playing on bonus money. A lot of casinos (mainly those operating on Playtech software) offer ‘sticky/phantom’ bonuses, when players cannot take away the bonus sum at all. Here, we need to repeat: read the Terms and Conditions before starting the game!Moreover, the conditions specify what exactly you are required to do in order to enjoy a bonus. It is often the case that online casinos give you a bonus automatically as soon as you make your deposit (Playtech), while deposit-free bonuses are given within a couple of days. There are some casinos, however, where players need to send an e-mail with a request, fill in an online application form (MicroGaming), or enter a number of a special coupon (RTG) in the banking section of the site. Should you choose to play without bonuses, but still get them automatically – be sure to contact the support team before making your deposit! If you start playing, your bonus will not be cancelled.