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No Deposit Bonuses - A Welcome Guide

No deposit required bonuses are often where gamblers begin their online casino experience. It makes sense to start with risk-free bonus money until you've found your way around at least one casino and know what you are doing.

Lots of online casinos offer new members a welcome bonus without requiring a deposit. Usually, these no deposit offers come in the form of free bonus money (ie. $/€/£10 free) or free spins on a particular slot game or a selection of slots. There are other less-common forms of free bonuses that don't require a deposit so don't be surprised if you see a mixture of different types of free bonuses or promotions listed at OCNDR.


Some tips and advice to remember when playing with these freebies. It's especially important to read this information if you're a newcomer to no deposit bonuses or online casinos in general.

Tips & Advice

  • Always read the bonus terms and conditions. Then always do the same for the casino's 'general' t&c as there could be something in there specifically related to no deposit bonuses that wasn't mentioned in the bonus t&c. This is a mistake made frequently by lots of players - new and experienced.
  • Check for the allowed/disallowed game(s) that can be played with the no deposit bonus. Is there a maximum bet limit? Is your country excluded from membership? Search (CTRL+F) the bonus and general t&c pages for potentially relevant words and phrases such as 'no deposit', 'maximum', 'excluded', 'bonus', etc. and the name of your country.
  • Almost all bonuses come with an attached 'wagering requirement' (especially when there's no deposit required). This will usually be a multiple of the bonus amount or winnings generated from free spins, depending on the nature of the free bonus. For example, if you receive $/€/£10 free as a sign-up bonus (or win the same amount playing free spins) that has a x25 wagering requirement then you will need to place a total of $/€/£250 ($/€/£10 x 25) in bets to reach the wagering target. That's if you don't run out of funds first, of course, but that's part of the fun for many players - chasing down the wagering target, trying to beat the casino with their own money. We've displayed the wagering requirement and a t&c link for every no deposit bonus here at OCNDR.
  • Most online casinos require members to make an initial deposit before being able to cash out for the first time. There might also be a request for ID. This will be required for you to withdraw your no deposit bonus winnings. You should not have to wager or play anything with the money you deposit (unless you want to - but see below) and the best policy is to make the minimum deposit allowed and withdraw it along with your no deposit winnings. Once you've got your money, you'll know for yourself that the casino can be trusted to pay if you deposit and play again in the future.
  • A few casinos DO require you to play with your first deposit by attaching wager requirements to your deposit and existing winnings. This wager requirement must be completed before cashing out so there's a chance you could lose your deposit along with the 'free' winnings you had. If this is the case with any no deposit bonus at OCNDR, we'll be sure to let you know.
  • Get yourself pre-verified for faster payouts as many/most online casinos require ID to be provided by you to the casino when you make your first withdrawal. This is usually something like a copy of a bank statement (with private information removed), driving license, passport, etc. or a combination of documents. The casino's t&c page should make it clear exactly what is required/accepted for withdrawals. We find it's a good policy to get our documents verified BEFORE we get to the point of making our first withdrawal. The verification process can sometimes be a slow process so it's not a bad idea to be all verified and ready-to-receive when you want to get your hands on your winnings. Having to wait to be verified means there's a very good chance you'll play and lose that withdrawal money before you've been approved. So get yourself verified with the casino at the earliest opportunity (contact their customer support to arrange it).
  • Enjoy yourself! As with lots of things in life, these bonuses come with rules and conditions but they should be seen as a risk-free way to have fun trying different casinos and various games. Don't expect an easy win - those wagering requirements can be tricky to beat but lots of players do win and go on to withdraw completely free winnings (we've done it several times).

If you're living in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK, USA or Europe/use euros then we suggest you start with our country/currency-specific pages and menus for where you reside. You'll see a drop-down menu in the left-column of this page (and every other page at OCNDR) containing no deposit bonuses available to you. Click on your country's flag to read more about the bonuses - or use these links:
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Players in some other countries will also be able to claim the bonuses we've listed for those above. Likewise, people living in the above countries can also take no deposit bonuses in different currencies. For example, someone in North America can still join and play at an online casino that only operates in euros, as long as the casino itself does not exclude American-based players, of course.

Not all casinos will offer your currency as a banking option but all conversion to/from your own currency and that of the casino is usually done automatically without any real input required from you, ie. you could deposit your euros (if you live in Spain) into a casino that only offers US$ play. So you'll purchase dollars into your casino account and the appropriately converted amount of euros will be charged to you. Likewise with cashouts, you would withdraw your winnings as US$ (the casino's currency) but that money would convert into euros when it reaches your bank/e-wallet account, assuming that your account is in euros, of course. Most online casinos offer different currencies (and languages) but even if your local currency is not supported by a casino, there shouldn't be any problems. Depositing, playing and withdrawing is done in the same way.

We recommend using the free XE Currency Converter to calculate the conversion value of different currencies.

We encourage you to use our dropdowns/country-specific pages if your country/currency is listed but no matter where you live, you should check our Mega List of ALL no deposit required bonus offers from reliable online casinos. Pretty much the entire planet can claim free bonuses somewhere in The Mega List where every bonus is listed with included/excluded country info and a link to the casino's t&c.


Free spins? Bonus spins? Extra spins? What?

The term 'free spins' is worth highlighting. A few online casinos are informing websites such as ourselves that they now want their 'free spins' to be described as 'bonus spins' or 'extra spins' or whatever. Magic spins, perhaps? The spins haven't changed, they still require no deposit and the terms haven't changed. All that's changed is the casino pandering to ridiculous, inconsistent (putting it very mildly) licensing 'guidelines' that do nothing but make things seem more complicated than they really are. So if you see a mixture of 'bonus spins', 'extra spins', etc. when they're clearly free spins, you'll know why we've described them as such. Most sensible casinos continue to correctly identify their free spin offers as 'free spins', handily enough.

Fortunately, as 2023 plods along the number of casinos asking for this ridiculous renaming has considerably dwindled. Just yet another 'doh!' moment in official government interference going wrong as was utterly predictable.


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