Live Blackjack Bonuses
Welcome bonuses and deposit bonuses are a dime a dozen in the online casino world, if you’re into slots.
However, for the Blackjack fan, it can be tougher to find a bonus that covers your favoured game type, not least due to the low house edge making the risk too high for many online casinos to take.
There are options available though, if you dig around a bit, and like all bonuses, some are substantially better than others.
As always, we’re here with a handy guide that will introduce to you Blackjack bonuses, how they work, and the best places to get them.
The Best Casinos for Blackjack Bonuses
LeoVegas is one of the most popular sites around for many reasons, not least due to the wide array of Blackjack options available, which includes numerous exclusive games from Evolution Gaming, who are seen most as the very best developer of Live Blackjack games. LV offer a 100% match bonus up to £250 for Live Blackjack players from various jurisdictions.
While the Blackjack options are strong, the wagering requirements on the bonus are high, at 70x the bonus amount. However, the contribution for live blackjack is 100%, which makes it one of the better bonuses around.
Betfair have an exceptional live blackjack offering with several dozen tables from PlayTech and very flexible betting limits. Their live blackjack is limited to players from UK and Ireland with e-wallet deposits excluded, which includes PayPal. The wagering is 30x, but live blackjack contributes as 50% thus making the wagering 60x the bonus.
The Small Print
On the surface, a Blackjack bonus can look amazing, but when you start to trawl through the terms and conditions, you start to realise there’s a lot more to it than is initially apparent. Here’s a few things to look out for.
Wagering requirements are attached to every Blackjack bonus you will find at any online casino, and can take the shine off a promotion in a hurry.
To explain wagering requirements, let’s take an example, say you get a 100% bonus up to £100, with a 40x wagering requirement.
If the wagering requirement is only attached to the bonus, then if you were to deposit the full £100, you would need to wager £4,000 before you could withdraw any money that you earnt from your bonus cash.
Other sites may put the wagering requirement on the bonus and the deposit, meaning that you will need to deposit £8,000 in order to take advantage of any wins you gain from your bonus.
Contribution and Game Weighting
When you’re working off your wagering requirement, you may assume that everything you deposit and play with will take the equivalent off that requirement, but this is not always the case.
Sometimes, there is a game weighting which means that a certain percentage of your Blackjack spending goes towards clearing the wagering requirement, Blackjack contributions can be as little as 10%, which would mean you’d have to play with £80,000 to clear the £8,000 wagering requirement in the example above.
Minimum and Maximum Deposit Limits
As in the example above, there is often a maximum limit on the deposit amount you can claim a bonus on, but that isn’t all.
There will also often be a minimum deposit requirement, £10 for example, meaning if we take the theoretical bonus above, it would be a 100% bonus if you deposit between £10 and £100.
Payment Method Restrictions
Due to what is referred to by the industry as “bonus abuse”, there are multiple casinos who will not give bonuses to players that use certain payment methods. These are almost exclusively restricted to e-wallets such as Neteller, PayPal, and Skrill.
Maximum Withdrawal Requirement
This does not appear as frequently in terms and conditions as the others on this list, but it’s worth checking for it, because it can really change a situation.
A maximum withdrawal requirement means that there is a set amount that you cannot go over when it comes to withdrawing winnings from your bonus.
This means that even if you were to hypothetically pick up millions from a very lucky run of blackjack games from your Blackjack bonus, you would still only be able to withdraw the maximum limit, and any other winnings would be lost.
As stated above, this is not a condition that is attached to every Blackjack bonus, but when it is, it takes a lot of the temptation away.
Is it Ever Worth It?
Ultimately, Blackjack bonuses come down to this one simple question, is it ever worth taking a bonus with the guarantee that there will be a bundle of unhelpful terms and conditions attached?
The answer in most cases, in all honesty, is no. If you are intending to drop £8,000 on the Blackjack tables anyway, then sure, you can meet the wagering requirement anyway so why not?
However, for most players, such high numbers aren’t an option and it would take a ridiculous string of luck to get even close to the wagering requirement needed to access any of the winnings you accrue through with your bonus money.
As a result, you are more likely to lose the bonus, and lose a lot of money that you’ve thrown after it that you otherwise could’ve withdrawn.r
Many sites will offer promotions that offer certain lower level bonuses and offers for Live Blackjack games with far less small print attached, it’s worth looking out for those and ignoring bonuses, because however tempting they are, they’re almost always too good to be true.