Ask Genie: How Do Free Spins Bonus Work in Online Casinos?

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If you’re new to online casinos and find yourself asking ‘how do free spin bonuses work?’, then keep on reading. In today’s article, we’ll be taking a closer look at how the variety of free spins bonuses most commonly encountered at online casinos work. From sign-up bonuses to in-game bonus features, there are many ways in which you can find yourself in possession of a free spin or two, so let’s get into it.

Free Spins Bonuses Requirements

Sadly, free spins bonuses don’t just happen, in order to receive them a variety of criteria must be met. Let’s take a look at some of the most common requirements.


Online casinos outline how long players must spend their free spins inside. Your free spins expire and are no longer valid when the time period has passed. Always use your free spins before the deadline to save them from expiring.

Slot Game

Free spins incentives are tied to particular slot machine games that the casino has designated. Before spending your free spins, always read the fine print to prevent using them on the wrong games and losing any potential winnings.

Bet Size

The maximum stake size that players can place with free spins is also specified by online casinos. When using free spins, players choose the amount they want to stake on a particular slot machine. The maximum wager a player may make with their free spins is still up to the discretion of the casino.

Wagering Requirements

In some cases, before players can withdraw their free spins wins, they must wager them a set number of times. Depending on the casino, the wagering requirements can range from 20x and more. For instance, you would have to risk £400 on that particular slot machine if you won £10 and had to wager it 40 times before you could withdraw it.

Free Spins on First Deposit

The most common form of free spins bonus is free spins that are awarded when players make their first deposit. To use our promotion as an example at Spin Genie, when you make your first deposit of over £10, you’ll be given 108 free spins on the popular game, Thor. You’ll have to play through these free spins before you can use your deposited funds, and our promotion has a 60x playthrough requirement. All reputable casino sites (such as ours) will clearly show their terms and conditions so you know exactly what to expect from a promotion, with no nasty surprises. 

Terms and Conditions:

Automatically credited upon deposit. Cancellation can be requested. First Deposit Only. Min. deposit: £10. Game: Thor, Spin Value: £0.1. WR 60x free spin winnings amount (only Slots count) within 30 days. Max bet is 10% (min £0.10) of the free spin winnings amount or £5 (lowest amount applies). Spins must be used before using deposited funds. Welcome Bonus can only be claimed once every 72 hours across all Casinos. Bonus Policy applies.

Promotional and In-Game Free Spins

Sometimes, casinos will offer promotional free spins. These promotions often occur for a short time period and are often created in conjunction with new slot releases or seasonal promotions. This type of promotion is offered to both new and returning players. The terms and conditions on this type of promotion as well as the eligible games can vary widely, so always read the terms and conditions. 

Now, on to in-game free spins. These are the free spins bonuses that are awarded when you play a casino slot. Not all slot games have free spins bonus features, but in general, this type of feature is pretty much a staple of online slot games. Most commonly, free spins bonus rounds are awarded for landing three or more scatter symbols in any reel position within a single spin, but sometimes slots can also award free spins through other bonus games, or offer random re-spins. The way free spins work in each game is dependent on the game you’ve chosen so always check out a review or two of your chosen game to work out how the bonus features are played.

Sign up and Play Online Slots at Spin Genie

As you can see, there are a variety of ways you can gain free spins when playing at online casinos. At Spin Genie we have our welcome bonus (108 free spins) but also often have free spins promotions in our daily picks section. Check out our site today to discover more.


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