Assessing Free Play and Free Spins

Players have a lot of different bonus types from which to choose. We've outlined some of the pros and cons of two bonuses you might have heard of if you're wondering which is better.

What are Free Play and Free Spins?

Somewhat confusingly, 'free play' is sometimes used to refer to playing without betting (zero stakes), an option available with many games. In the sense of bonuses, which we're using for this article, it is a short term cash bonus. Players receive a certain sum (higher than for other bonuses) and have a time limit of perhaps an hour. They can use the bonus money at their discretion for that hour, with the initial cash vanishing when the time runs out, but any winnings are kept by the player.

Spins are usually worth a modest sum, perhaps $30 or so. Typically, they're attached to a specific slots game, and allow the player to try and win cash without risking a penny of their own.

Advantages of Free Play and Free Spins

Both types of special offer allow players to bet for real cash without putting their own money on the line, but that's pretty much the end of the story as far as positive similarities go.

The free play option allows players to sample a wide variety of games. Table game classics such as card games poker, blackjack, and baccarat, as well as the roulette wheel and craps table, can all be tried. And, of course, you can have a go at whatever slots you like too. The time limit's a double-edged sword, but, on the plus side, you can enjoy a thrilling hour or so and then either collect your winnings or be glad you weren't risking your own cash.

One of the advantages of spins is that player's often have favourite games, and this special offer means you can experience a game you'd engage with anyway, but do so at your own pace and with zero risk. This way, you can sharpen up your strategy for when you're betting with real cash. It's also worth noting that this sort of promotion is one of the most common, so you're more likely to be able to benefit from it.

Downsides to Consider

The most obvious downside of the play bonus is that you have a short time limit, and if woe befalls you (internet failure, unexpectedly important telephone call etc.) then you'll end up just losing any chance to enjoy your bonus.

Bonus spins are almost always worth a lot less, so you get to experience less. On top of that, they're restricted to a single slots game usually, meaning you don't get the breadth of experience you might enjoy with other bonuses.

There are plenty of pros and cons to both offers, and which is best will largely be down to individual preferences. Just be sure to check the casino market to find the best deal for you.