I’ll talk some more about the stuff in the “negatives” box below, but first I want to say I had a great time playing with this bonus! When I realized the free spin terms weren’t as fantastic as I had initially hoped I went with an average £50 deposit, £100 starting balance, £4,000 wagering requirement, and had an awesome weekend of play for such a relatively small amount of money. My balance just went up and down crazily the whole time, worrying I was going to go to broke to suddenly having an enormous balance and wishing I could withdraw right away, over and over again. I tried a whole bunch of new games too including a bunch of generic sounding slots that turned out to be really quite great, most notably Phoenix Fire – Power Reels.
As for the match bonus itself, well the maximum bonus of £300 is definitely generous, and the 40x bonus wagering requirement is basically industry standard, so that’s fair enough. There is a bunch of banned games though, including my beloved Dead or Alive and its recent successor (inventively named Dead or Alive 2, funnily enough…) as well as a bunch of other games, some of which don’t appear to make much sense to me. It’s nice to have the option of playing some table games for a while whilst still contributing to wagering, but with contribution percentages of just 5-10%, it makes you wonder why they bother even allowing it really.
As usual, you won’t get the bonus if you deposit via Skrill or Neteller, so don’t fall for that one…. You’ll be stuck claiming the less generous 2nd deposit bonus instead if you do, as I’ve never had any luck getting a casino to manually add the 1st deposit bonus after the mistake has already been made.