There are various types of bonuses available at the different online casinos which often lead to misunderstandings, confusion and unnecessary stress if you do not understand what they are. I will try to briefly explain the different types of bonuses to you. Most importantly, you must READ CAREFULLY the term and condition when receiving the bonuses.
No Deposit Bonus
This is the simplest of all the bonuses.All you need to do is register as a real player at the casino offering this bonus, and you will receive the money. You do not have to make a deposit to received it. some time it will be automatically credited to your account and sometime you will need to claim the bonus via email or submission form on their website.
There are usually some limitation on this bonus at different casinos. One of the limitation is the maximum amount of winning you may withdraw using this bonus. Also, some casinos may not have this cap, but would require you to make a token deposit before withdrawing your winning and other will give you a certain time frame, says 7 days, to claim your winning. Make sure you read their terms and conditions and make sure you understand the rule.
This is a bonus you receive when you make a deposit at the casino. They will match your deposit with a certain percentage of your total deposit. For example; A casino offers you a 100% match bonus up to $200. This means that they will give you 100% in free money on any deposit amount you make up to $200. ie. You deposit $100 and you will receive another $100 in bonus money, making your bankroll $200 or you deposit $150, you will get an extra $150 which will then total up to $300. This bonus is usually used for new players who make their very first deposit at an online casino.
Fee Money Bonus
This is a first deposit bonus you will get regardless of the amount you deposit. An example would be if a casino offers you free $80 if you deposit at least $20. That will give you a bankroll of $100 to play with. But if you deposit $50, you still only get $80. Again, this is a mathematics thing. If you compare it to the match bonus of a different casino, you may find that by depositing the $20, you get more for your money. Here it would mean that you get 400%.
So, before you dismiss a casino that offers you a bonus which initially appear to be low, make sure you work out what would mean if you make the minimum deposit required.
This is a bonus that a casino offers you to play with but you cannot withdraw the bonus amount. This basically means that you will receive free money to play with and once you reach the playthrough requirement, you can only withdraw any winnings that are over and above the initial bonus amount. The bonus money will be removed from your account when you make your withdrawal. These casinos are generally very generous with their bonuses because of this reason, so you can end up playing with a really massive bankroll. Some casinos will offer you up to $3000 in bonuses alone. This means that you can Betpas play at the games with the maximum coins and bets giving you a far better payout ratio when you hit the big wins.
The name says it all. These are bonuses that you will see at certain websites where the casino has made an exclusive deal with the website owner to offer his members. These bonuses can be any of the above mentioned variants, so always make sure you read the details of the offer and the terms and conditions of the casino
Loyalty bonuses are given to players who have reached a certain status at an online casino.The amounts and types for the bonus will vary from casino to casino and some casinos will not require a playthrough on these - but only some. You will generally need to meet a token requirement to cash these out.
Computers and the Internet probably is the most fast-growing field of technology, so, in the nature of things, the casinos and poker-rooms try to ride the ground-swell and use new technologies that became available recently wherever it is possible.
The first online casinos have been made in simple HTML, but since the advent of Java language as well as with spread of flash technology online casinos started to use these technologies. In the course of time, offline casinos have improved graphics and sound and have added new games. Advent of online casinos had become the first considerate achievement in online gambling together with development of broadband access. In these casinos one plays not against computer dealer but against real dealers playing on the real equipment and the player may receive the video record of the course of this game. Roulette had become the first online game as it is easily broadcasted online and any number of players can parlay on one table because there is no need to make any decisions.
The stakes are placed on a virtual table and after that the real spin is made; all gamblers receive one final number and payments corresponding to their bets. By the way, if there are a lot of gamblers in one casino it becomes unprofitable and almost impossible for the latter to swindle and that increases the attractiveness of game. Soon baccarat had become online too: the player does not make any decisions in the course of game and the cards dealing is made on a standard pattern. But in case of another popular game - blackjack had appeared some difficulties. Many players cannot simultaneously play at one table because they decide to take or not to take the card and these decisions may be different so the dealer cannot simultaneously execute them. That's why online blackjack, as well as real, is played by one dealer against only a few players simultaneously. As a result this game usually has quite high bets.
Nowadays, there are a lot of online casinos offering three abovementioned games (for example, such games are usually offered in casinos with Playtech software), but at present there is no video poker, although there is talk on its promotion. There is an idea to propose players to use their web-cams: each player will film himself during game and transmit the data to a server which will distribute this data among other players. As a result one can see the opponent's face during the game and that will add new options, especially for players' psychology experts. Of course, these proposals are not realized nowadays but when they will be realized the Internet-poker will become quite similar to offline poker.
Another latest thing that is used in gambling is 3D graphics. Some years ago Intercasino had announced the advent of new version of software - "the first 3D casino", although, in fact there were a few static 3D portraits of players. Since that time quite many casinos and some poker-rooms had produced so-called 3D software; usually there were completely static, pre-rendered pictures of people and table which had little in common with "real 3D". But, in general, tridimensionality in casino is not very interesting - 3D table or even a dealer will not be a revolution, though 3D effect of poker had become quite revolutionary. PKR had become the first real 3D poker-room: it had been opened just on a year ago and during this short term it had become among the leaders on visiting statistics (more than 5000 players at a time, although some of them play for love), even despite of absence of Americans and option of one table game.
PKR offers the option to look at the table from different views as well as to pick the unique appearance of player, and this is the case: there are a lot of types of faces, hair styles, hair colors, clothes, footwear and accessories, so it is almost impossible to meet two similar players not just at one table but in all room. Appearance and standard clothes are possible to obtain free of charge, though expensive suit or accessories are to be purchased for points (which are collected easily and quickly), and the player can digitize his own face so that his poker avatar is his perfect copy! The players do not sit still - they really move dibs, look at cards (your cards are not shown all the time, it is necessary to press the special button and the player will look at them), express emotions (some standard emotions - from pleasure up to teasing), to play tricks with dibs (a few tricks are free of charge and other are to be purchased for points), pronounce their actions and it is possible to choose the player's accent. In general, all players agree, that PKR is most realistic of all computer rooms. Unfortunately, you'll have to pay for all that beauty: firstly, the game runs a little bit slower than in other rooms, secondly, you can play only at one table, thirdly, the game is resource-hungry and on slow PC it runs slower. And finally this game is recommended only to owners of unlimited Internet access (as well as online casinos, however), because it requires quite a lot of traffic. Only its installation requires more than 600 Mb, and during the game the room eats away nearly 10 Mb per hour.
Nobody knows the future result of gambling and technology mix; maybe in some tens of years the effect of presence will be reached, though now we can play the real roulette by means of video broadcast and 3D graphics makes a computer game nearly real. We'll wait for new interesting decisions which will make the game even more convenient and pleasant.