The Winzino welcome bonus is virtually identical to a welcome bonus of another casino we have previously reviewed (Touch Lucky). In theory this should make reviewing Winzino easier, but as we had decidedly mixed feelings about the Touch Lucky welcome bonus, it also makes things a bit awkward and possibly repetitive. We will try our best to make this work.
The Winzino Welcome Bonus
At Bonus Bulldog we have a policy of seeking out offers that include no deposit bonuses. These often come with restrictions that prevent players from winning oodles of money without making even a token deposit, but we think that’s fair enough. Free no deposit bonus funds give players to try out a casino risk free – a sort of trial period if you will. If their chances of winning millions are curtailed in the process, that seems a fair trade off. The problem with Winzino‘s welcome bonus is it starts off with an (admittedly very restrictive) free £5 no deposit bonus (very good) and then continues with punitive restrictions even when players start depositing their own cash. That’s not so good.
But as we said, there is a free £5 no deposit bonus in place, and we like that. Also, as with Touch Lucky, the bonus is awarded after email address verification, not credit/debit card verification. That’s an excellent touch, and we wish Winzino would continue in this same generous spirit.
The remaining welcome bonuses are spread over the first three deposits: a 200% deposit match up to £50 for the first deposit, a 100% deposit match up to £200 for the second deposit, and a 50% match up to £250 for the third deposit.
Put it all together and you have an impressive looking list: £5 no deposit free bonus + plus deposit bonuses of 50 free spins and up to £500 (£50 + £200 + £250) in bonus funds.
The Fine Print
There is rarely any downside to a free £5 no deposit bonus, and the fact that Winzino award this bonus with just an email confirmation is a very player-friendly move. Sure, there is a steep wagering requirement of 100x, and a winnings cap of £20, but it’s free money. Fair enough.
Things start to look worse when you see there is also a £20 withdrawal minimum for the free £5 no deposit bonus. Setting the withdrawal minimum at the same amount as the winnings cap is kinda bizarre. You either win £20, or you don’t.
The qualify for the deposit bonuses you’ll need to deposit an minimum of £10. If you do accept them, though, beware of the tricky wagering requirement. It is a reasonable-looking 30x, but it applies to both the deposit and the bonus funds. This means when you get to the third deposit, you are taking on a 30x wagering requirement for mostly your own cash.
There is a 28 day time limit to meet the wagering requirement (not so bad), but also a bonus funds winnings cap of 4 times the amount of the bonus (very bad).
The 50 free spins with the first deposit are for Starburst and are valued at 10p each (making a total nominal value of £5).
It’s hard to tell if the terms and conditions for Winzino are purposely player-unfriendly, or if they just haven’t been thought through very carefully. Either way, we would advise players to steer clear of this one for now, or at least be very careful if taking on any of the deposit bonuses. If you take the first deposit bonus with a minimum £10 deposit, you do get £30 to play with plus £5 worth of Starburst spins, so that’s not such an awful deal. Just be aware the maximum you can win with that bonus is £80 (4 times the £20 in bonus funds).
We would strongly urge Winzino to rethink (or rewrite) their terms and conditions to make them fairer for players. It’s perfectly acceptable for online casinos to hedge their exposure to generous bonuses, but these rules make it nearly impossible for players to win significant sums if they accept the welcome bonus. Winning it big should be unlikely, but not impossible.