(CNBNews)(December 29, 2020)--One of the most frustrating yet common issues that players face when picking a welcome bonus is not being able to differentiate between sticky and non-sticky bonuses. What usually happens is you get your hands on an attractive bonus and want to withdraw the funds without meeting the wagering requirements. And this is where the trouble starts.
Sticky vs. Non-Sticky Bonuses
Sticky bonuses are the ones that can be wagered but not withdrawn. It’s mentioned in the online casino’s Terms and Conditions as “for wagering only”. A sticky bonus can be worth as much as a traditional bonus and if you’re a veteran gambler with a fixed bankroll, you aren’t as reliant on the bonus as a beginner.
Nonetheless, welcome gifts are a great addition to an existing bankroll and can amplify your chances of winning. In fact, sticky bonuses can boost your bankroll a lot more compared to non-sticky bonuses. And although this considerably improves your chances of winning, if you don’t have a robust bankroll, to begin with, you may end up losing more than you bargained for.
Non-sticky or traditional bonuses can be cashed out as soon as you meet the wagering requirements. Most players prefer this type of gift since it’s easy to work with. If you’re signing up to play online blackjack, poker, or video slots, look for casinos offering non-sticky bonuses.
Types of Sticky Bonuses
- Expiring Sicky Bonus – This type of bonus comes with an expiration date and will remain in your account only as long as the casino’s rules permit. These are best used for further betting.
- Phantom Sticky Bonus – One of the more popular bonus types, phantom bonuses are added to your bankroll periodically, thus boosting your chances of winning. When you decide to use the bonus, the amount is automatically deducted from your balance.
Pros and Cons of Sticky Bonuses
Sticky bonuses offer players the chance to win the big bucks by amplifying the bankroll. These bonuses come with fewer wagering restrictions and apply to most games. Therefore, whether you place a minimum or the maximum betting amount, you can still make the most out of the situation. Even if your bonus balance expires, you can still make a withdrawal and cash out your winnings without exceeding the balance that you began with.
The primary disadvantage of a non-sticky bonus is it gives you an opportunity to play without being cashed out. The free money can only be spent in the casino and although you can still score a major profit using the bonus, there is always a certain degree of risks associated with the deal.
Players generally want to invest heavily to earn a bigger bonus and that is where the trouble begins. Make sure you don’t get carried away. Regardless of its type, every bonus has its share of pros and cons and the details are mentioned in the casino’s Terms and Conditions. Therefore, don’t forget to read the fine print before signing up.
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