Free spins or freespins are a common type of bonus or feature round in online casinos. A free spin allows players to spin the reels without using any credits.
The bonus free spins are typically awarded for a specified game, or group of games. The spins are at a pre-defined value, and acts as a real-money bet at the given value.
This bonus type is often used to promote new casino games, to encourage players to try new slot machines. At some casinos you can also get free spins when you register as a new player, or they might be awarded as part of retention programmes or campaigns.
Any winnings you get from free spins you can keep and the amount is added to your account balance, but the win may come with wagering conditions attached – just like with bonus money. Wagering requirements can vary from casino to casino, and so is also the name: turnover requirements, spin through, wagering. All it means is what number of times you have to wager through your winnings before you can withdraw them.
Typically all games in the casino will contribute towards wagering, but certain game types might generate less than 100% contribution.
Wagering requirements only relate to the specific bonus you’ve claimed, if you lose the amount before getting through the wagering – the requirement disappears. When you make a deposit with real cash, you don’t have to carry on trying to wager it, that’s all yours as are any winnings you get.
Completely free, free spins
Some casinos offer free spins without wagering requirements and allow you to instantly withdraw any winnings. This is not common practise, as it means a bigger cost for the casinos – basically giving away cash.
Free spins bonus example
You register with a site that offers 20 free spins on Starburst on registration. These spins can be claimed and played in Starburst at once after registration, before you even have to deposit any money.
When you deposit for the first time, you can then claim the first deposit bonus as well, which in this example also comes with another 200 free spins attached with the deposit. These spins are distributed with 20 per day for the coming 10 days and in the end means you have received 220 free spins in total on just one deposit.