Free spins are the closest thing you’re going to get to something that’s actually “free” in the online casino world. Used both as an acquisition and retention tool, it gives players the chance to spin the reels without spending any of your own money.
What’s more, thanks to recent rule changes we’re starting to see more true free spin offers that require no deposit, come with no wagering requirements and have no maximum winnings. These tend to be the exception, not the rule, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction.
We’ll get into more details of how they work and what you should be aware of later in the page, but up first is a list of free spin offers.
Note: All of these offers are for new customers only.
List of Free Spin Offers
Are Free Spins Really Free?
Put simply. Yes. However you may be required to do something in order to get them. This could be as simple as registering an account, whilst some sites will require a token deposit in order to trigger the spins. Usually the sites that require a deposit – usually £10 or £20 – will offer much larger numbers of free spins than those that give you them simply for registering, and often the value of the spins is higher as well.
For example: a no deposit offer from one casino could be for 20 spins, whilst another site may give you 500 spins on a £10 deposit.
Obviously getting something for nothing appears to be the better choice, but you can get some fantastic value from the offers which do require a small deposit. Many casinos also give you bonuses on that deposit in addition to the free spins. So a £20 deposit could not only get you 500 free spins, but also a £40 bonus.
Wagering Requirements & Maximum Winnings
There are two major terms you should be aware of when claiming free spins and these are: Wagering Requirements & Maximum Winnings.
Unlike their casino bonus counterparts, not all free spins come with wagering requirements. In fact there are plenty of offers that don’t – you simply spin the reels and keep whatever you win. .
However, some do. And in that scenario the winnings are effectively credited as a bonus rather than cash. So if you have 20 free spins and win £4.65, you actually have a bonus worth £4.65. The rollover required will vary but, for example, if it were 20x you would then have to place £93 worth of wagers before withdrawing.
We should also point out that even if there are no wagering requirements you may be required to make a deposit before withdrawing your winnings. This could be as part of the casinos KYC or identification process, or because your winnings are below the minimum withdrawal.
For example: If you win £3.50 on free spins with no wagering requirements but the minimum withdrawal is £5 then you are unable to withdraw the winnings until you get your balance over the £5 threshold. You could do this by playing on hoping for more wins which take you over the minimum, or you could make a deposit.
Again, not all casinos apply a maximum to the amount you can win from the free spins, but some do. Especially when the spins are given without a deposit.
If there is one, the maximum will be listed within the terms either as a multiplier (eg: 100x the value of the spins) or as a fixed amount, such as £100.
Whilst in an ideal world there would be no cap, these are after all, something for nothing, so we can’t complain too much if the casino decides to put a stop loss on their offer. As mentioned above, this normally applies more to no deposit offers than those where you are required to put up some of your own money, but that’s not a hard and fast rule. We’ve seen plenty of no deposit spins with no maximum and some deposit-based free spins with maximums.
We list both rollovers requirements and maximum winnings in our free spins table (above) so you can quickly see what the rules are at each site. But, even so, always check the terms yourself before claiming.
How Much Are The Spins Worth?
This varies massively from site to site and the type of offer you’re claiming. Free spins that don’t require a deposit to claim are usually worth the minimum for the game – so if the minimum bet is 1p per line and there are 30 lines, the spins would be worth 30p each. There are some particularly cheap sites who only offer one line per spin – making the spins worth only 1p each – but those are barely worth claiming and most commonly found in the lower quality sites.
We’ve recently seen the growth of ‘super spins’ on offer from the casino sites that award free spins on deposits. These are worth £1 or more each and offer the chance for much bigger payouts.
Why Am I Limited to Certain Games?
Generally speaking you’re unlikely to find a ‘free for all’ free spins offer. Most casinos will specify which game, or games, you’re allowed to use them on and their are three reason why this happens:
- The Cost – At the end of the day in most cases it comes down to money. If you’re awarding 10 free spins on a game that has a minimum bet of 20p the cost to the casino is £2. But if that game had a minimum bet of 50p then the cost would be £5. For this reason free spin offers tend to be on games with a relatively low minimum spin cost.
- Showcasing Games – You’ll find spins are often either given on one of the most popular games at the casino, giving the casino the best chance of you liking the game and wanting to continue playing once your free spins are up, or to highlight new games.
- The Technology – This particularly affects casinos who operate software from a variety of different providers. Not all slot games have been set up to allow free spins to be credited. For obvious reasons, any free spin offer needs to be on a game that is physically set up to run them.