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When you join an online gaming site one of the features that will have attracted your attention is their promotions and bonuses. They can be the cherry on the cake and come in many forms. There’s everything from the offer of free bets, additional cash to play with and enhanced odds on important sporting events.

However, there are also terms and conditions to comply with and close attention to them is required. This is all part of the process you will go through when comparing all the offers that are available.

It’s easy to just go for the one with the highest cash sum. If a site is offering you up to £100 in free bets, then surely that is far better than one that is only offering £20? Now is the time to look through the attached terms and conditions.

So, what should you be looking at when going through the terms and conditions of offers? You need to look at the offer and study closely what can be received. It’s not just a question of receiving an amount, there’s what you need to do to get hold of it and how you can actually withdraw any amount.

Wagering requirements is the key phrase here. The amount that you receive may need to be wagered several times before any amount can be withdrawn. Some sites will base this on the bonus received but others calculate it on the sum of your deposit and bonus so the figure will be higher.

The higher the wagering requirement, the more difficult it will be for you to actually have anything left to withdraw.  If therefore, the site you want to join offers you an attractive amount but with a high wagering requirement (sometimes as high as 70x), then the offer isn’t quite as good as it looks.

Then there’s the back-up bet welcome offer. This sees you placed in the situation where if your first bet is a loser, then you will receive your stake back as a free bet. So, if your first bet is a winner then there’s no welcome offer. If it loses, there’s a free bet on its way but no one can guarantee your free bet will produce a winner, can they?

Enhanced odds are another popular welcome offer. You join the site and can then place a bet on a chosen game with much larger odds. However, if the team doesn’t win, then there’s nothing received from your welcome offer.

Whatever the promotion, you need to read the terms and conditions. That way you will avoid making mistakes that could see you unable to receive the offer. Don’t let them expire or use a payment method that isn’t valid.

Look to join a site that places as few restrictions as possible. One that asks you to place a qualifying bet or a matched deposit is good. Even better if there’s are low minimum odds required for your free bet.

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