Get Your Mobile Casino Bonus Today!
Casino bonuses are a great way to enlarge your gaming bankroll and have more fun playing online casino games. New players receive a new player bonus whether they sign up and make their first deposit at either a desktop casino or at a mobile casino. The new player bonus is by far not the only bonus mobile and desktop online gamers can enjoy.
Here at Slots Play Casinos, we used to say that the ideal situation was when a mobile casino was a fully developed adjunct of an established desktop casino. Nowadays, mobile gaming far outstrips desktop gaming so mobile casinos are not “adjuncts” any longer. Mobile gaming is the straw that stirs the online gaming drink and bonuses are the straw that stirs the mobile gaming drink!
It is, by now, an established fact that most online casino gaming is done at a mobile casino. The technology behind mobile casinos has improved so much that most gamers simply play on a mobile casino while comfortably ensconced on their living room sofa!
The desktop casino may still be the “parent casino” but most gamers usually play almost exclusively on their mobile devices. Some gamers almost never even open the desktop casino!
New Player Bonuses and All other Bonuses
Let’s divide the idea of mobile casino bonuses into these two categories and let’s look at bonuses for new players first.
All newly registered gamers can receive a bonus whether they sign up and make their first deposit at a desktop casino or at a mobile casino. There are a number of different terms online casinos use to designate the new player bonus but we will stick with the term “Welcome Package” since that is the most popular designation.
There are three main points that every gamer should be sure the casino meets before joining a mobile casino.
- It is important to be sure that the mobile casino is partnered with a desktop casino This makes all of your accumulated data useful at either the desktop or the mobile casino.
- That all of the data that pertain to your gaming at the mobile casino is carried over to the data base at the desktop casino. These data include loyalty points, participation in promotions, tournament play, games in which a leaderboard determines winners and final placements, deposits and withdrawals and the data pertaining to these financial matters, and ongoing playing data.
- Every wager a player makes towards completing the wagering requirement for any deposit bonus should register in real time on both the desktop and on the mobile platform. This ensures that the player can begin withdrawing winnings, if they choose to do so, as soon as he or she has completed the wagering requirements.
This means that not only does your mobile casino bonus apply whether you choose to play on the desktop casino or on the mobile casino but also all your gaming data is fungible, meaning that it is collected in real time at both casinos!
Why is Mobile Gaming So Popular?
There are two words that describe why:
Just as an aside, it might interest you to learn that in some languages these concepts are expressed by the same word. In the United States, these two terms have very different meanings and together explain the rapid rise of mobile casino gaming.
The convenience that mobile gaming affords can be stated succinctly in that gamers have to travel to play at a land based casino but the casino travels with them when they play on their mobile devices.
Can this Lead to Excessive Gaming?
It can but it usually has the opposite effect. When gamers can access the mobile casino for a few games or spins, they learn to enjoy gaming in short sessions instead of the marathon sessions so many people have when they travel to play at a land based casino.
A lot of players also take the opportunity to play 10, 20, even 100 free spins on their mobile device since mobile casinos offer unlimited free play!
Online casino games are just one of the many things that are available to us in large measure that many people have learned to enjoy in small measure.
What about Comfort?
The comfort that comes with mobile casino gaming derives from how we play. Instead of sitting in a computer chair—however comfortable that chair might be—it can’t compare with the comfort of gaming on the sofa or in bed. Mobile casinos are also the perfect venue for gaming with that special someone which makes the mobile casino a great platform for romantic gaming!
Graphics are Exponentially Better Now
One important aspect of the comfort of playing at a mobile casino is the graphics. Many players, in the old days of ten years ago or so, simply would not play on any mobile device be it a tablet or a new generation smartphone. The graphics for telephone games were very poor, indeed.
Today, the graphics are so good that most players get used to playing on a smaller screen and easily choose to play on their mobile devices instead of at the desktop.
Are All Bonuses Created Equal?
In a word, no.
The most common number of free spins in any bonus or casino promotion is 50 free spins on a slot chosen by the casino and the free spins can range from as few as 25 free spins to as many as 75 free spins.
A VIP bonus will offer even more money for the bonus, a higher rate for the bonus, or more free spins.
Aside from the number and size of the bonuses, the biggest difference in bonuses from casino to casino is in the wagering requirement. The wagering requirement is an amount of money a gamer who accepts a deposit or match bonus has to play before he or she can withdraw any money from the bonus.
The wagering requirement is usually expressed as a function of the bonus as in the common 40x wagering requirement. A 40x requirement means that a player has to bet 40 times the bonus before being able to withdraw money from the bonus.
Let’s look at a simple example. If you accept a $1000 bonus and the wagering requirement is 40x, then you have to bet $40,000 before you can withdraw money from the bonus.
The wagering requirement is the single biggest reason why land based casinos offer so few deposit bonuses. Simply put, while it is quite reasonable for a player at a mobile or desktop casino to fulfill a 40x wagering requirement over several gaming sessions, it is very difficult for the average player to do so in a long weekend at a brick and mortar casino.
Can I Play any Game to Fulfill the Wagering Requirement?
Every casino has its own chart that details how many points toward the wagering requirement you get for each dollar bet on the various games at that casino. The details are all listed in the terms and >conditions for the bonus which actually leads us to a very important aspect of online casino gaming.
What are the Terms and Conditions?
These are the rules that regulate all aspects of gaming at that casino in the casino’s terms. In other words, each casino sets its own rules for every aspect of gaming at that casino.
There are two very important aspects of the terms and conditions for any online or mobile casino:
- The casino should write the terms and conditions in language that any average person can understand. We think that this aspect of online gaming is so important that we urge all gamers to go to the terms and conditions of the casino before signing up. If the “t and c” as they are often called are too hard to understand, we would encourage the gamer to find a different mobile or desktop casino.
- The terms and conditions should be fair and reasonable in the gamer’s terms. Even if the t and c are easy to read and understand, they might not be as fair to the player as he or she would like. As in the first example, in this case we would encourage the player to find a different mobile casino to play at.
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How Do We Calculate a Mobile Bonus?
It’s pretty straightforward, actually. If the bonus is 100% up to $1000, you can deposit less and still get the 100% bonus but you have an incentive to deposit no more than the $1000.
If the bonus is for 50% up to $1000, you need to deposit $2000 to get the full benefit but if you deposit less, you will still get the 50% bonus. In this example, the player has an incentive to deposit up to $2000 and no more. There will always be another match deposit bonus coming down very soon, possibly tomorrow!
Just as deposit cash bonuses are rare from brick and mortar casinos, they are very common coming from mobile or desktop casinos! The bonus amount will vary from bonus to bonus. Still, every casino bonus has gaming value.
Is it Easy to Sign up to Play at a Mobile Casino?
It is just as easy to join a mobile casino as to join the parent desktop casino. Here are a few tips on how to sign up at a mobile casino.
- Make sure that your mobile device has enough storage space for a mobile casino app. Most people upgrade their cell phone or tablet in order to get more space in the memory. This tip applies to the desktop casino as well if you are going to download the casino to your hard drive.
- Look over a number of mobile casinos before choosing one. The interface should be easy to read. As we said above, the graphics have to be modern rather than the dreary old fashioned graphics that prevailed about ten years ago.
- Check to see what kinds of deposit bonuses, no deposit bonuses, or free spins the mobile casino is already offering to established players. When you check the bonus culture of the casino in thus way, you will be able to gauge how many casino bonuses you can expect to be offered on a regular basis going forward.
- Decide how much of the Welcome Package you want to accept. The Welcome Package may be a series of casino deposit bonuses that total in the thousands of dollars in bonuses alone. That amount does not include the deposits themselves. Accept only the size of casino bonus that you can safely play with.
- Make sure that the wagering requirement for the Welcome Package bonus is fair. In the opinion of Slots Play Casinos, a wagering requirement rate of 30x to 40x is fair.
- Now you are ready to fill out the registration form. Some players don’t like to give all the personal information the mobile casino will ask for but it is actually for your own safety that the casino does so. The casino has to double and triple check you against your information to make sure that your money is safe. This will become apparent when we talk about withdrawals.
- Choose your login and password. Be very careful to use odd logins and passwords. We have heard from players who keep a book with all their logins and passwords. Of course, this book should be kept in an out of the way place as well!
- Take some time to go from game to game to get used to the way the game provider for that casino uses the more limited space available for mobile phone games. This will help you get used to the mobile casino and will direct you towards games you have not played before that you would like to play.
- To accept the Welcome Package and any other bonus offer the mobile casino will make, you have to remember to enter the correct bonus code.
What is a Bonus Code?
An online casino has to be able to keep track of every player’s gaming history. Part of that history covers the ongoing fulfillment of the wagering requirement for the bonus the player took.
The casino has to use very powerful computer software to be able to keep track of tens of thousands or more individual players’ activities. In order to keep track of a deposit bonus, the casino uses the username and password to connect the player to his or her account and the deposit bonus code for that specific bonus to connect the user with the bonus.
It sounds like a lot to keep track of. It is, in fact. That is the miracle of computers and the sophisticated casino software mobile casinos use to keep track of everything that goes on at the casino.
It is because of the need to keep track of every player’s gaming activity that players have to enter their login code to be able to play for real money. If you want free play, you can just click on “play now” and you will get the free play mode. To play for real money you need your personal code.
In the same way, to be credited with a deposit bonus, you need to enter the correct bonus code. A mobile casino may have several different bonuses on offer at the same time. Many casinos offer a weekend bonus, another bonus on Monday, and so on. The only way the casino might be able to keep track of it all is through the bonus code.
Are Mobile Casinos More Sophisticated than Desktop Casinos?
Not at all!
The computer sophistication of a mobile casino—in terms of bonuses and everything else—is the same for a mobile casino and a desktop casino. The computer graphics for any online casino that started out in the last decade are far better than the graphics that obtained thirty years ago.
Online casinos are more sophisticated than brick and mortar casinos. This is especially true in terms of casino bonuses. An online casino has to have banks of powerful computers to keep track of every morsel of information at the casino from the games to each player’s gaming history.
At land-based casinos, there are a lot of games that are not digital. Blackjack, roulette, baccarat, and craps lead the way. They are quickly followed by keno and bingo and possibly the sports betting room if there is one at the casino. All of these games are digital at a mobile or desktop casino.
As far as the data for each individual’s gaming, that data is kept on the player card the casino gives to every player. That system usually works pretty well but we often hear stories about a player who forgot to put his player card in the slot machine, or forgot to take it out when she left the terminal or forgot the card at home, or couldn’t find the card anywhere when they were packing for the trip to the brick and mortar casino.!
In that sense, a mobile casino is a lot more sophisticated than a brick and mortar casino.
How Do Mobile Casino Bonuses Affect Withdrawals?
We mentioned above in the section on signing up that the casino asks for personal information that some online players are reluctant to give. Most people who want to play casino games online for real money eventually accept the idea that the information stays private and that the mobile casino has excellent encryption software that protects the player’s money and personal information.
Then they want to make a withdrawal and the casino asks for yet more information. Why?
At a land based casino, a player might hand in their player card and get their money back or cash in actual chips. The process is simple. At a mobile casino, the casino has an obligation to protect all of the money players send to the casino. This includes all deposits and all cash bonuses. A good deposit mobile casino will ask for more information from a player—such as a phot of a private bill the player has paid—in order to be sure that the person asking for the money is the person to whom the money should rightfully go.
A player who took a 100% bonus for $1000 deposited $1000 and played with $2000. If the wagering requirement was 40x, the player is asking to withdraw money after making $40,000 in bets. Now, let’s say that the player played blackjack or video poker on their mobile phone. They may have made only even money bets in roulette.
Would the player have money left in his or her account to withdraw?
If the return to player rate is 99.5% in blackjack or even a bit higher than that in video poker, the player would expect to lose, based on statistics alone, 0.05% of the total money wagered which comes to about $200. So, this player stands to withdraw as much as $1800. The casino wants to be sure that it is sending the money to the right person!
Actually, at most casinos, players get less credit toward their wagering requirement when they play the games with the highest return to player rate. That means that the player would have to bet more than 40x to complete the wagering requirement if they play blackjack or video poker. In any case, a blackjack or video poker player, with just a little luck will have some money to withdraw after they fulfill the wagering requirement.
All casinos count on the bulk of players playing games with higher variance which is how the casinos turn a profit. A blackjack or video poker player who plays with the correct strategy at all times can expect to win money in about half of their gaming sessions.
What other Bonuses Do Mobile Casinos Offer?
Here is a short list of the bonuses online casinos offer:
- New player bonus
- Daily, weekly, or monthly bonus.
- Anniversary or birthday bonus.
- VIP bonus.
- Free spins.
- New slot bonus.
- Game of the month bonus.
- Refer a friend bonus.
- Cashback program.
- Loyalty program.
The loyalty program is similar to the wagering requirement in that players get loyalty points based on their gaming activity. Loyalty points get counted whether the player is using another bonus or not. When the player collects enough loyalty points, they can redeem them for casino credits. In that way, loyalty points are a type of bonus.
Bonuses Add Fun and Excitement to Mobile Casino Gaming
We have certainly gone on at length on the subject of mobile casinos and mobile casino bonuses. We feel that the advantages of mobile casinos over land based casinos are demonstrable. That doesn’t mean that there is no place for the brick and mortar casino experience.
It simply means that the convenience and comfort of mobile casinos coupled with the many bonuses players can enjoy at mobile casinos together make mobile casino gaming the go to way to play casino games for the present and the future as far as we can see!
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