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How to Read Casino’s Terms and Conditions

It might seem like a very dreary task to undertake but taking the time to read a casino’s terms and conditions is vital to a good online gambling experience. This isn’t the time to tick the box in agreement and move on. You need to check that the casino you want to play with is reputable and licensed. However, players also need to understand wagering requirements, geographical restrictions, payout fees, and all the other small print items before they put their money down.

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Start with the Basics

Terms and ConditionsCertain elements might seem obvious, but if you don’t check them out, you might get sucked into a dodgy casino that doesn’t follow your country’s laws. A casino has to be licensed and not allow anyone under 18 to register or play with them. If they can’t prove these simple things, you shouldn’t be giving them your hard-earned cash.

Finding the Page

The first sign of a reputable casino is an accessible terms and conditions page. Some casinos will list the Ts and Cs at the top of the page under a tab or under your general info tab to the left or the right. Others might choose to put it in the website footer with the licensing and contact information. It means you can navigate to the necessary information from any page you find yourself on. No matter where it’s listed, it shouldn’t take more than a few minutes to get the information you need.

Casino Restrictions

You must research all the reasons why you won’t be able to gamble on a specific site. There should always be an age restriction of at least 18, even for free demo games. It’s the casino’s responsibility to verify a client’s identity, but this verification process only starts once you have signed up with the casino.

The other restriction you need to adhere to is the geographical one. You could lose your winnings and deposits if you don’t reside in a country serviced by the casino. Even international casinos don’t allow players from anywhere in the world. Some countries have laws preventing online gambling, and casinos won’t honor any commitments with someone from these countries.

Supported countries are listed under the terms and conditions, and you’ll have to confirm your address to receive any winnings. Please make sure the country you reside in and its currency are accepted by the casino you wish to join.

The Twists and Turns of the Ts and Cs

The Twists and Turns of the Ts and Cs

When gambling online, there are specific things you need to look up under a casino’s terms and conditions. These things won’t be listed in the advertisements or promotions information designed to draw you in.

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The Welcome Bonus and Other Rewards

Some casinos offer substantial bonuses that match your deposits or free spins to attract new customers. These might seem generous, but you need to look at the rules of each bonus, so you don’t expect more than the casino offers.

For example, a casino might offer you 500 free spins, but they aren’t all given at once. Instead, you get your first 50 free spins on the day of your first deposit and then in bundles of 50 a day for the following nine days. Some games might also be excluded from the bonus spins reward.

Welcome bonuses aren’t the only reward you’ll get, as many casinos have weekly promotions and tournaments you can opt into. You need to check all of the limitations set on bonuses, though. Rewards will expire pretty quickly, and it’s up to you to keep track. Apart from the limitations like expirations and specific games, casinos don’t give away anything for nothing. Enter the wagering requirement.

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Wagering Requirements

The terms and conditions of rewards need special attention. When opting in for a bonus, you need to adhere to wagering requirements (WRs) before being able to get your winnings out of your casino account. This doesn’t concern people who enjoy playing and never expect to withdraw their money but use it to keep playing.

However, even those people have to be aware of WRs in case they win big. WRs are amounts you have to stake with your bonus to cash out the winnings from the said bonus. If you deposit CA$50 into your bankroll and the casino matches the deposit 100%, they give you CA$50 extra to play with. The casino’s WR is 20x, meaning that you have to stake 20 times CA$50, i.e., CA$1,000, before being able to withdraw the winnings earned with the bonus CA$50.

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Deposit and Withdrawal Rules

Reputable casinos usually have quite a few options to choose from when it comes to payment methods. Deposits are often easy and quick to reflect, but the withdrawals are complicated and filled with restrictions.

First, you need to check the methods available for payouts. These will range from debit or credit cards and bank transfers to various e-wallets and virtual payment processors. The different payment options come with different reflection times. Bank transfers might take up to five days to show in your bank account, where e-wallet payout could reflect instantly or on the same day.

All casinos have deposit and withdrawal limits that might differ from one payment method to the next. The withdrawal limit is also monitored and capped on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. This is important to remember if you’re lucky enough to win a jackpot. You might have to adhere to the limits and receive your installment in sections. Faster or larger payouts mostly come with extra fees either from the casino or the bank.

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Do the research. It’s as simple as that. Online gambling shouldn’t be entered into lightly. It’s all fun and games, but you’re also spending your own money.

Lucas Goldberg
Lucas, a seasoned site editor at CasinoCanada, boasts a decade-long journey in the gambling industry with a focus on providing players with meticulous reviews and insights of online games and casinos.
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Last updated on: 20.02.2024

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