Do you like to try before you buy? Some bingo sites let you do exactly that by offering you a no-deposit bonus. What does this mean? Basically, you can play bingo without spending a penny and without risking your own money. It works for you because you can see whether you like the bingo site, the games and the bingo environment on offer.
But surely, there must be a catch?
Yes, and it comes in the small print. There are always strings attached when in comes to no deposit bonuses. These may be that the no-deposit bonus may not be withdrawn under any circumstances (irrespective of any winnings). Even if you can withdraw the bonus or winnings, the wagering requirements may be much higher than the regular welcome bonus which may make doing so almost impossible, or as is usually the case you need to make a cash deposit first before you can withdraw any winnings.
Another limitation may be that when taking this bonus you are limited to certain games or certain rooms, and almost always participation is excluded from progressive jackpot or network games. It is important to understand wagering requirements and imperative to read the terms and conditions of each site regarding the no-deposit offers.
As a rule of thumb however, you can take no-deposit offers as a means to trial the site, the software, the games and the environment, but don’t expect this to be free money because you will not be able to withdraw it. If you see it as an opportunity to try before you buy then it is a great way to test a bingo site risk free.
How do I get the no-deposit bonus?
These bonuses are usually given on registration. So you register your details and once your email has been verified and you are logged in you find the money in your bonus balance which you can then use to play games. Sometimes receiving this bonus will depend on registering a bank card when you register (even through no money will be taken from it) as part of the sign-up process. By not including your card details you may not be eligible to receive the no-deposit bonus. As we have said previously, always read the terms and conditions and the wagering requirements.
Other types of free bingo
When we talk about free bingo we usually refer to no deposit bonuses but there are other free offers that bingo sites feature. For example, there might be free games available to paid up members or members who have money in their accounts. Bingo sites that feature free games will have these in their bingo schedule. Other bingo sites have free bingo rooms where only free games are played. Again, there may be certain criteria that need to be met, such as having a positive cash balance. Any winnings may be paid into the bonus balance and subject to the usual wagering requirements, but it’s a good way to play for free.
Offers can change from time to time so be sure to come back and check out any new sites that may have no deposit bingo offers available.