All casinos like to give you the option to take a deposit bonus at the very least, with plenty more letting you have a no deposit bonus as well.
However, roulette players are viewed by casinos as a different proposition to slots players when it comes to bonuses.
All bonuses come with playthrough requirements – an amount expressed in terms of multiples of your bonus that you have to wager before you can withdraw your bonus or any associate winnings. For example, a 30 times bonus requirement on a £100 bonus would mean you need to wager £3,000.
This can be a problem with roulette as some players will simply set up two accounts, make repeated bets on red and black at the same time and meet the wagering requirements with virtually no risk to themselves almost instantly. They can then withdraw the bonus, thereby committing what’s known as Bonus Abuse, i.e., accepting the bonus with the intention of withdrawing it rather than wagering it.
To avoid unscrupulous players taking advantage like this casinos use game weightings, that mean only a set percentage of each roulette wager counts towards meeting wagering requirements. It’s usually around 10%, with some evens and low odds bets not counting at all. It’s therefore important to check the detail of a casino bonus when you intend to play roulette, and preferably take a specialist roulette, table game or live casino bonus.