One of the most commonly used and popular promotional gifts offered by online casinos has to be free spins, and almost every online casino offers free spins as an incentive to players in one way or another. But this has changed when the UK Gambling Commission and UK Advertising Standards Authority recently announced measures to restrict casino promotions which have “predatory terms associated with bonuses and free spins“.
So what exactly is the problem with free spins? They are free after all and everyone loves a freebie. But if you delve a bit deeper into the whole concept of free spins, it appears they are not “free” after all. The UK licensed casinos have terms and conditions attached to bonus offers and free spins which usually mean that any free spins come with a wagering requirement. If a player does not read the terms and conditions before they play, they will have no idea that whilst they will get to play their chosen slot for free, to withdraw any of their winnings they will have had to have wagered any amount won off the free spins by 30 or 40 times.
The use of the words free spins implies that the spins are free, without any terms and conditions, which of course makes them attractive to prospective players, so in an attempt to make bonuses more transparent and easy to understand, free spins must now be known as “extra spins“; it is hoped that this change in terminology will prompt players to investigate the terms and conditions attached to their bonuses. Casinos are also calling these extra spins with other terms like “casino spins” or “fair spins”. But in the UK, free spins cannot be called free spins anymore.