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How Do No Deposit Offers Make Online Casinos Money?

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No Deposit Offers are great for everyone. New punters can try out games free of charge while they learn the ropes, while wily veterans can add a few dollars to their bankroll by milking a generous deal. But, why do online casinos continue to provide these little gems and how do they cover their backs to ensure that they don’t end up out of pocket? This guide unearths the terms and conditions that casinos love to fall back on and uncovers the no deposit deals that will appeal to casino fans no matter whether slots, table games or bingo is your poison.

Wagering and Win Limits: The Tools of Casino Profitability

A no deposit offer may seem like a no-brainer? After all, getting the chance to spin on one of your favourite slots or to get a seat at a quality Live Dealer table is an incentive in itself. But, you must always bear in mind that the publishers of such deals don’t enjoy you profiting from them. And, preventing you from hitting a big win is precisely why terms and conditions such as wagering requirements and win limits are applied to nearly all casino bonuses that can be accessed by New Zealanders.

Take industry leaders such as Skol Casino, for example.

At this time, Skol Casino currently offers a no deposit bonus of up to 10 bonus spins on Starburst – no deposit required. Fantastic, you might think! And you could be right if you play your cards right.

However, you should also bear in mind that Skol Casino attaches a long list of T&Cs to this freebie.

  1. The offer is open to new players only – This is fair, as there are plenty of bonuses to take advantage of at top sites when you become a regular depositor and player.
  2. Only one bonus per player is allowed – Again this is a fair stipulation, one bonus per player gives everyone an equal chance of profiting from the generosity of any casino.
  3. Bonus spins must be used within 10 days – There is no specific reason why this is the case. But, then again, you should be able to play through ten spins in ten days!
  4. Spins are valid on Starburst only – This term is a little restrictive, but as the spins are free of charge this must be seen as being the casino’s prerogative. 
  5. Bonus funds are subject to 35x wagering – If you happen to strike it lucky with your ten free spins, anything that you win must be bet 35 times before you can make a withdrawal.

For example, if you won $10 with your ten $0.10 free spins, you would need to place a further ($10 x 35) = $350 in bets before you could withdraw any of your earnings. 

Most casino operators will hope that during this tranche of gameplay, your luck will change and your bankroll will quickly head towards zero. Meaning that the promotion will cost the casino nothing at all, while you have seen enough of a site to think that its worth depositing some of your own cash!

Casino Games Restriction

One thing that is likely to strike you about no deposit casino deals that are available for Kiwi’s is that these deals almost exclusively apply to slots titles. However, this should not be a surprise. The RTP (Return to Player) that is expected from most slots games is lower than rates expected for popular table games. 

Slots TitleRTPSoftware Provider
Mega Joker99.00%NetEnt
1429 Unchartered Seas98.50%Thunderkick
Joker Strike 98.11%Quickspin
Blood Suckers98.00%NetEnt
Starmania 97.87%NextGen
Table GameRTPSoftware Provider
Single Deck Blackjack99.75%Evolution Gaming
Sonya Blackjack99.54%Yggdrasil
Blackjack Surrender99.62%Evolution Gaming
European Blackjack99.60%Evolution Gaming
Quantum Blackjack99.47%Playtech
Craps Live99.17%Evolution Gaming

The discrepancy between high RTP products and lower variations is often expressed in the terms and conditions that online casinos apply to wagering requirements that usually come hand in hand with bonus offers.

Nearly all casinos restrict high RTP slots titles and almost all table games from the list of games that can be used to meet wagering terms.

Jonny Jackpot provides a good example,

Slots Games – 100% (of stakes on these games contribute towards wagering requirements)

Except: 300 Shields, 300 Shields Extreme, Big Bad Wolf, Blood Suckers, Bloodsuckers II, Dead or Alive, Fortunes of Ra, Jackpot 6000, Kings of Chicago, Lucky 8 Line, Secrets of the Stones, Super Nudge 6000 & Victorious – 20%

Except: 10 001 Nights, 10 001 Nights, 3 Secret Cities, 5 Star Knockout, 9 Blazing Diamonds, 9 Masks of Fire HyperSpins, 9 Pots of Gold™ HyperSpins, Africa X UP™, Age of Conquest, Age of Huracan, Alchemy Fortunes, Amazing Link™ Apollo, Arcade Bomb, Arthur Pendragon, Astro Legends Lyra and Erion, Atlantis Rising, Balls of Fury, Bandida, Bank or Prank, Bar Slot, Beat the House, Beautiful Bones, Big Bounty Bill, Big500 Slot, Black Dragon, Black Horse Deluxe, Blazing Bull, Blazing Bull 2, Bloxx Zeus, Bombuster, Book of 99, Book Of Ba’al, Book of Gods, Boxo, Butterfly Lovers, Candy Links Bonanza, Captain Cashfalls Treasures of the Deep, Carribean Anne 2, Cash Elevator, Cash Ultimate, Casino On the House, Castle Builder, Castle Builder II, Chronicles of Olympus X UP, Cleopatra Plus, Clover Fortunes, Clumsy Witch, Codex of Fortune, Cool Buck – 5 Reel, Creepy Carnival, Crystal Cavern, Da Vinci Creations, Da Winci, Dancing on Ice, Diamond Blitz, Diamond King Jackpots, Diamond Mine All Action, Divine Fortune, Dr Electro, Dracula Awakening, Dragons Myth, Ducks Till Dawn, Dynamite Riches, EggOMatic, Egypt King, Empire Shields, Expendables Megaways, Extra Chilli, Extra Chilli, Fantastic Fireworks, Finnegan’s Formula, Football Mania Deluxe, Forsaken Kingdom, Fort of Fortune, Fortunes of Egypt, FoxFire, Fruit Mania Deluxe, Fruit Twister, Fruitopia, Fruits Gone Wild, Fruits Gone Wild Deluxe, Fruits Gone Wild Supreme, Gemix, Ghostbusters Plus, GLADIUS A.K.O, Goblins & Gemstones, God of Fire, Gods of Power, GoldenTsar, Hammer Fall, HarleCoin, Hellcatraz, Hero Clash, Heroes Hunt, Hexbreak3r, Holy Diver, Hong Bao, Hot 777 Deluxe, Icy Wilds, Interstellar Attack, Irish Coins, Its Magic, Jammin Jars2, Joker’s Luck Deluxe, Joker’s Riches 2, Jurassic Park: Gold, Jurassic Party, Knights of Fortune, Kraken Conquest, Land of Zenith, Larry the Leprechaun, Leaders of the Free Spin World, Legion Hot 1, Lil Devil, Lone Rider, Lucky Cat, Lucky Clucks™, Lucky Fridays, Mad Monsters, Magical Reels, Mahjong 88, Marching Legions, Martian Miner Infinity Reels, Maya Gold, Monopoly Electric Wins, Monopoly Megaways, Monopoly Utility Trails, Mustang Riches, Mystery Express , Night Roller, Party Pop, Peek-a-Boo, Piggy Pirates, Pirates Plenty, Pirates Quest, Poker Dogs, Power of Gods Egypt, Power of Gods The Pantheon, Pride and Prey, Primate King, Prize Fighter KO, Psycho Candies, Pyro Pixie, Quad Cat, Quadruple Da Vinci Diamonds, Rage to Riches, Rainbow Gold, Rainbow Riches Race Day, Reel Clash, Reel Heist, Reel Hero, Reel Talent, Relic Hunters and the Book of Faith, Rhino Rilla Rex, Rome: The Golden Age, Royal League Book of Raider, Scarab, Scarab Kingdom, Scarab Link, Scudamores Super Stakes, Sea Hunter, Serengeti Wilds, Slot Vegas MegaQuads, Snakes and Ladders Megadice, Solar King, Solar Queen, Solar Queen Megaways, Sonic Reels, Spin Town, Spin-vention, Spirit of the Beast, Squealin’ Riches, Starburst XXXtreme, Street Fighter II: The World Warrior Slot, Telly Reels, The Return of Kong Megaways, The Rise of Tzar – Empire Awakens, The Shadow Order, Three Musketeers, Thundering Buffalo: Jackpot Dash, Tidal Riches, Tiki Tastic, Timeless Rose, Tomb Raider, Tomb Raider Secret of the Sword, Top o’ the Money, Tower Quest, Treasure Tracks, Triple Da Vince Diamonds, Untamed Giant Panda, Valhalla Towering Pays, Van Gogh, Viking Queen, Viking Runecraft, Village People Macho Moves, Voodoo Reels, Way Of The Tiger, Well of Wishes, Wheel of Fortune On Tour , White Rabbit, Wild Spartans, Wild Swarm, Wild Wild Cash Out, Wilderland, Zillard King, Zombie Hoard, Zombie Queen, Zombie Rush – 0% (no contribution)

Table Games – 0% (no contribution)

Video Poker Games – 0% (no contribution)

Scratchcards & Keno – 100%

Other Games – 0% (no contribution)

Jackpot Games (Progressives) – 0% (no contribution)

These rules mean that no deposit offers can be great for slots games fans, but may leave devotees of Baccarat, Blackjack, and Roulette a little underwhelmed.

Bet Size Restriction

Whenever an online casino provides you with the chance to play its games at no cost to yourself, there is always a chance that the house might lose out. This chance is increased further if you place big bets on high-risk outcomes.

For example, Europa Casino currently offers new customers up to $2400 in bonuses on sign-up. If a player chose to place all $2400 on a single spin or a bet at the roulette table, the potential liability for the house is huge. For precisely this reason, bets placed with bonus cash are capped at a level that is acceptable to the online casino in concern.

In the terms and conditions section of the Europa Casino website, it is stated that the firm “reserves the right to withhold any amount in excess of the player’s original deposit” if “the player placed single bets equal to or greater than $10 before the wagering requirements have been met”. 

Casinos do not like you to win at any time. But, this sense is heightened when it is the casino operator that is funding your play!

Free Spins No Deposit

Free Spins, no deposit deals, are always an enticing proposition, but is it easy to work out the true value of these rewards?

Generally, top casino brands like to highlight their generosity. These adverts come in two parts.

  • The number of no deposit free spins on offer
  • The stake value of each spin

If you know these two variables, you can quickly work out the base value of any free spin bonus.

For example, Spinit currently offers 21 free spins on the Book of Dead pokie just for signing up. Each of these spins is valued at $0.10 each. Therefore, the total value of this deal is (21 x 0.10) = $2.10. 

Some firms are surprisingly generous!

Casino BrandFree Spins OfferValue per spin (NZD)Total Value of Offer (NZD)Wagering Requirements
Casumo20 free spins on Book of Dead$0.20$4.00X30
Wheelz20 free spins on slots$0.20 $4.00X35
Casilando50 free spins on slots$0.10$5.00X35

One feature of no deposit free spins deals that will quickly strike you is the limited range of games that these offers are applied to.

Nearly all bonuses apply to slots such as Book of Dead or Starburst.

Book of Dead and Starburst are two of the industry’s most popular titles, so it is not a surprise that casinos select these variants as a loss-leader for new customers to check out. The producers of these slots, Play’n Go and NetEnt, also have tie-ups with a high percentage of online casinos accessible to New Zealanders, so these games are supported on the majority of platforms. 

No Deposit Free Bets

Several of the leading NZ online casinos also support a sportsbook arm.

However, most free bets that are provided by sites like Leo Vegas or Betway tend to require an initial deposit to be made. 

Leo Vegas currently offers new players on its site a matched free bet of up to $50 on its sportsbook section. However, to qualify for this offer a minimum deposit of $10 needs to be lodged.

No Deposit Bingo

Bingo or housie, the numbers game where players win a share of the pot for claiming “a line” or “a house”, has never been more popular among Kiwis. 

This popularity has seen the number of bonuses attached to bingo content increase exponentially in recent years.

Sites such as BingoFest are currently offering a smorgasbord of deals that are designed to attract both numbers and slots fans. 

The Register Offer promotion that Bingo Fest supports provides 20 free spins on the Super Sweets slots title and $10 free play on selected bingo products!

As always, bear in mind that terms and conditions are clamped onto this deal. A cap of $100 is placed on the winnings from either tranche of this offer, with any winnings required to be gambled 99x before any withdrawal can be claimed. From the Palau Holdings N.V. stable of gambling sites, Bingo Fest will prove an ideal destination for many bingo fans. 

No Deposit Poker

Poker also deserves to have a light shone on it. Although the myriad forms that this legendary gambling game encompasses makes it difficult to pigeonhole for bonus purposes.

RNG Poker Games are prevalent at many online casino venues. These games pit you directly against the dealer on a slot-style platform with the result often being related to the strength of the hand that you amass. Alternatively, Live Casino poker games see players hit the tables to come face to face with some of the world’s most talented croupiers. Live Texas Hold’em and Casino Stud Poker Live are two big draws for cards aficionados at any well-stocked casino. 

Online, multi-player, Poker, is also available at some venues that Kiwis can access.

Multi-player Poker comes in several forms.

  • Tournaments (Buy-ins from freerolls to $10,000+)
  • Sit and Go’s (Three or more players competing for the pot)
  • Heads-Up (Two players battling it out)

Unfortunately, for Poker fans in New Zealand, there are very few sites that offer anything like a dedicated no deposit Poker bonus.

However, 888 Poker bucks this trend. All new players to this site are awarded a $20 FREE bonus, just for signing up.

This sum comes in the form of 

  • 40 tickets of $0.10 buy-in tournaments
  • 16 tickets of $1 buy-in tournaments

No Deposit Live Casino Offers

As we have seen already, the owners of online casinos are keen on you playing on the highest RTP gambling content that they support.

Because of this reluctance, it is often difficult to find any specific casino bonus that is aimed at popular table games like Blackjack and Roulette.

However, this does not stop you from meeting the wagering requirements of slots bonuses by playing table games. Many online casino platforms attach significant weight to bets made at the Blackjack and Roulette tables. 

Wheelz, Wildz Casino, and Caxino Casino, all operate a policy that sees 50% of all stakes placed on “Table and Live Casino Games” contribute towards wagering requirements. The 35x wagering rule that is attached to the Welcome Bonus advertised on these three platforms is already competitive, but allowing spending on table games to increasingly contribute will be a game-changer for some.

No Deposit Crypto Currency Offers

One of the markets where you may find no deposit deals increasing in the years to come is in the no deposit cryptocurrency division.

Although casinos that operate in New Zealand have been slow to fully realise the potential of crypto payment methods, more platforms now accept deposits by Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Ethereum, and many of these sites are also offering no deposit bonuses and free spins to drum up some custom.

Casino BrandNo Deposit OfferWagering Requirements
Bitstarz 20 Free Spins no deposit x40
Bob Casino 10 Free Spins no depositx40
KatsuBet 30 no deposit free spinsx50

An increased level of choice for Kiwi casino fans is always welcomed, so check out our site as these bonuses build. 

The Dream: No Deposit Casinos with No Wagering

The dream for any bonus hunter is to find a casino that is willing to provide you with free play and who are also happy to let you keep your winnings. 

Although this might seem like fanciful thinking, there are some casino brands that feel that the reputational benefits that they can accrue by operating in this way dwarfs anything that they will ever payout from such schemes. A couple of names instantly come to mind when you are looking for rewards of this type.

Play OjO – Play OjO offer all no deposit bonuses without restrictions. This means that no wagering requirements are attached to rewards, even those that are free to players. The only stipulation that Play OjO applies is a $100 limit on bonus wins. But, I’m sure that many of you will be able to deal with this realistic limitation.

Rizk – The terms and conditions page on the Rizk Casino page makes an interesting claim, “Free money may be offered to you from time to time”. Now, this really is an offer that I cannot refuse. If you are fortunate enough to receive one of these cash drops, the money is “wager-free” and “you are free to use it as you wish”. Perfect!

Everyone Loves Starburst Free Spins

One slot stands out above all others when free spins are being dished out by agents across the iGaming world. Starburst is the retro classic that continues to entertain millions of slots fans globally. A product of NetEnt wizardry, Starburst is the 5×3 reel, pays both ways pokie, that is entertaining enough to keep the attention of gaming novices, but not so over-complicated that it acts as a barrier to natural curiosity. 

Released in 2012, Starburst is a low stakes title that displays all the characteristics of a low volatility title. This combination makes Starburst the perfect, gentle, introduction to the world of slots for those who may have never surfed around an online casino ever before. 

The promise of regular wins is always a boost for new players. Therefore, it is not a surprise, for casinos who wish to turn no deposit bonus hunters into regular depositors, that Starburst is such a popular portal for such exploits. 

If Starburst is not available at your casino of choice, there is a significant likelihood that you may be able to take advantage of free spins on the Book of Dead pokie. Developed by Play’n Go, Book of Dead is the polar opposite of Starburst. As a high volatile title, wins on Book of Dead are provided infrequently, but when these land they can be sizable. Because of this combination, you are likely to see spins on Book of Dead attached to more generous schemes where fifty plus free spins are available. This gives new players the chance to land a good prize on this game, which, it is hoped, will attract players into additional gameplay.

No Deposit Offers and ID Verification

Some punters in New Zealand like to stay largely anonymous. Therefore, it is not a surprise that many Kiwis seek out no deposit offers where ID verification is not required. Unfortunately, due to Know Your Customer rules that are strictly followed by the majority of outlets, you are compelled to provide some of your personal details to even access a no deposit reward. 

  • Name
  • Address
  • Mobile Phone
  • Email

Several pieces of information are required by casinos to verify your identity. Once these checks are complete you receive provisional access to most platforms. However, once you have hit the casino’s cap on pay-outs you will be asked to upload documentary evidence to back up your ID claims. 

Although creating a paper trail may be a problem for some, the solutions that ID verification ensures is definitely worth the effort. Crimes such as Money Laundering, and underage gambling would be much more prevalent without robust ID checks.

No Deposit Offers Where You Can Keep Your Winnings

A no deposit offer where you can walk away with an unlimited amount of cash is surely everyone’s dream? Well, I can confirm that at several online casinos that currently operate for the benefit of New Zealanders, this situation is the reality. Check out our guide to some of the most lucrative deals in the market at this time.

Casino BrandNo Deposit Offer Wagering RequirementsMaximum Win (NZD)
Rizk10 free spins0xUnlimited 
Guts15 free spins on Piggy Riches0xUnlimited
Casumo20 free spins on Book of Dead30xUnlimited
Play OjOUp to 50 free spins 0x$100
Hello Casino25 bonus spins on selected slots53x$100
Gday Casino 10 bonus spins on Starburst or Berryburst35x$100
Slotnite15 bonus spins on Starburst35x $50

The Secret Place You Can See All Of New Zealand’s No Deposit Casino Offers

At, we are well aware that the landscape for no deposit casino offers changes regularly. As the seasons change, so too does the generosity levels of casino owners, who see the benefit of attracting new players to their sites. 

As one of the highest-ranking New Zealand casino affiliate sites on Google, we have developed partnerships with market leaders such as White Hat Gaming, Dama N.V., Rootz Limited, Genesis Global Limited and Progress Play Limited so that you have access to all of New Zealand’s most epic deals. 

If we see a better offer somewhere else, it is our mission to bring that to you as well!

Stick with us so that we can create the best conditions to win together. 

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