First and foremost, I was caught out initially when planning my evenings entertainment at InstaCasino - they have slightly different bonus offer, terms and conditions depending on which country you are based in so be sure you are looking at the correct information when deciding if you wish to participate in the promotions you are looking at. To do this, look towards the footer of the page and at the right hand side to the left of the large 24 hour clock is a flag icon which can be clicked to open a dropdown menu where you can choose from eight different language translations and country specific pages and information.
As a UK player this was a pleasant surprise for me, but I can't promise you will have the same experience - the percentage match offers increased both in size and number! I had already played my five "RealSpins" on Fire Joker, RealSpins being this casinos way of indicating their freespins are not given on the minimum possible stake. That's a nice touch but I have to say I would much prefer a few £0.10 free spins with zero wagering to any number of higher value spins with a huge wagering requirement attached.
I've been a loyal player at Guts csino for some time and more recently started playing at Rizk as well, both operated by the same MT SecureTrade group that operates InstaCasino, so I was expecting to be fairly impressed with the bonus deal on offer ... sadly that was not to be and it took almost no time at all for me to decide I was only going to be taking up the fist deposit offer and giving the remaining four codes a miss.
The reason for that was very simple - the first deposit offer is a 100% match, plus 15 of the aforementioned "RealSpins" on Fire Joker. I'm not too convinced with this choice of game - it's a three reel game from Play N Go that does have some reasonable win potential, but it's not one that most players will be familiar with so I have no idea why it was chosen, it certainly didn't add any attraction for me to this deal. The 100% comes with a hefty 40x deposit PLUS bonus wagering requirement attached, effectively 80x the bonus - thats already extremely steep, but the other bonuses are even worse! Two offers at 50% with 35x (D+B) wagering, or 105x the bonus as I like to think of it, and, wait for it... a further two at 25% with 30x (D+B) wagering or an outrageous 150x the bonus total! I'm shocked that such a reputable group would pull a stunt like this - I don't care if deposit plus bonus is becoming the industry norm now or not, attaching a wagering requirement of 150x the bonus is as good as guaranteeing your deposit is lost the casino before you even spin the reels.
The casino clearly doesn't view these offers as the massively negative expected value (EV-) proposition they are though as the several pages long terms and conditions go to extreme lengths setting out all kinds of restrictions on this stinker of a "bonus" - deposit with your e-wallet and you will not receive any bonus, forget to enter the code and you are S.O.L, players from a whole raft of common countries such as Poland, Portugal and Croatia are not eligible, phone verification may be required before you can withdraw, winnings from ReelSpins are capped at £100, I could go on... and on!
I almost reconsidered my decision to deposit when I spotted one of my absolute favourite games, NetEnts Dead or Alive , was listed among the considerable pile of slots that are not permitted whilst the bonus is in play. I truly was not impressed but as it was my first deposit at a new casino from a group I have a lot of respect for I wanted to take advantage of at least part of my welcome bonus. Under an hour later I very much wished I hadn't bothered when I busted out without seeing a single sizable win, though of course that is not the casinos fault - sometimes you win, sometimes you do not, and I would never have been in a position to request a withdrawal even if I did not have the 80x wagering ball and chain around my neck that night.
I've no doubt that InstaCasino is a trustworthy place to play and am sure that if and when I return and play with my own funds I will have zero issues with them whatsoever, but the terms and conditions they are attaching to their bonuses make them absolutely worthless and I worry for any newcomers to on-line gaming who decide to try this place early on in their "career", as the 2nd/3rd/4th/5th deposit offers here are enough to convince anybody that on-line gambling is nothing short of a ripoff.