UPDATE: This particular bonus is no longer available as of October 1st, 2014. See the 888 site for current promotions.
50 Free Spins = $37.50 in Free Slot Play
With the recent launch of a “50 Free Spins” signup promotion, 888 Casino in New Jersey has landed at the top of the current no-deposit bonuses. The 50 Free Spins are actually awarded as $37.50 in free play which must be wagered on slots. If you play their flagship Millionaire Genie game at the minimum $0.75 per spin, that works out to 50 free spins.
That’s $37.50 of free slot play, with no deposit required.
The bonus is available only for new players at 888 NJ. It sounds like you will have a choice of a few selected games where you can use the free slot play. I find Millionaire Genie to be the most entertaining of their slot games, but it might not be my first choice for this bonus.
It is a fun game…
Getting three scatter symbols triggers a bonus of free spins where a genie appears to add additional fixed wild symbols to the screen.
A second type of bonus is triggered by three bonus symbols, which start the Genie’s Palace bonus round.
Although I don’t know what other games are permitted, I personally would look at alternative choices. Why? The reason is in the terms and conditions applicable to this bonus.
The Inevitable Fine Print
Bonuses always have terms and conditions, and they are often confusing. This one is no different. If your plan is to just use the bonus to try out the games, and plan to play until you either lose the balance or have played quite a long time, you can probably ignore the details. For the rest of you, read on.
Terms: The Easy Part
The first condition is important but very easy to satisfy. You need to wager all your free spins/free play within 14 days. I suspect most players will meet this requirement within half an hour of signing up, almost automatically.
Once you have completed slot wagers totalling $37.50, you have completed the free spins. Any balance that you have won during those spins is then awarded to your account as bonus money, and you can begin to play any games offered in the casino. However, the bonus balance is still subject to the normal 888 bonus terms. (One more thing: Please remember that any details are subject to change, and you should always check the casino website before making a decision based on my explanation. Rules can and do change often.)
Terms: The Harder Part
Before you can withdraw the bonus money, you need to play enough to earn 3 “status points” for each dollar of bonus money. In practice, this means wagering through the awarded amount 48X on slots ($16 in bets earns 1 status point on slots), or up to 480X on table games ($160 in bets earns a status point on tables). That is a lot of play to release the money for withdrawal, so it is worthwhile to remember that your investment so far is absolutely nothing. You get fifty free spins without depositing any of your own money. It gives you a chance to try out the games for free, and if you get lucky with the money, you can tackle the wagering requirements to see if your luck continues.
Why I would play a game other than Millionaire Genie, at least at first!
So, let’s say you play those free fifty spins on Millionaire Genie… Can you imagine what would happen if you really hit the big one?! The wagering requirements on over a million dollars of awarded bonus money are truly frightening to consider! Yes, you are extremely unlikely to hit that jackpot during your free spins. But still, I think I would prefer to choose a game where the maximum payout is a lot less than a million dollars. Of course, once I finished my $37.50 in free spins, I would be very likely to switch to Millionaire Genie and do at least some of my wagering requirements on it.