Online casinos paranoia about “casino bonus hunters” is forcing them to be very creative to wean the hunter away hurting all players with complicated bonus rules. One of the most recent creations are “phantom” or “sticky casino bonuses” – the equivalent of lucky chips in land and mortar casinos. The amount of the casino bonus is impossible to withdraw, it must remain on the casino player’s account (as if it “has stuck” to it), until it is completely lost, or annulled on the first withdrawal of cash means (disappears like a phantom). A casino bonus is “sticky” if in the terms and conditions of the online casinos it is described as non-cashable or for wagering purposes only. The online casinos do not call the bonus “sticky”. That’s the players slang for a bonus that “sticks” with the casinos.
To make it simple: a casino player would have two accounts deposit and casino bonus account. Bonus account cannot be cashed in, but can be used for wagering purpose. Deposit account may only be cashed in once the balance of the casino bonus account is zero.
At first glance it may seem that these casino bonuses are completely useless for the players and there is little sense in such bonuses – you won’t get your money back anyway, you won’t get your winnings, you would only waste your precious time. But it is not completely true. If you win, then there is really no point in the casino bonus, but if you have lost, it may be of use to you. Without the casino bonus you have lost your $100 and that’s it, bye-bye. But with the bonus, even if it is a “sticky casino bonus”, it is still on your account, which can help you worm out of the situation, to wait out the negative trend.