The digital revolution of the 1990s created a huge opportunity for the gambling industry to embrace new technology and bring gambling products to the masses. Luckily for the industry, the eagerness to embrace new technology paid dividends, as the Internet and gambling products proved to be a match made in heaven.
Online casinos offered new online slots games that could be accessed 24/7 by the public in the comfort of their own homes. This proved to be very popular with punters who for the first time ever, preferred to bet away from traditional gambling environments. Slots became the game of choice of punters and this was mainly down to the fact that anyone could play them and no strategy or prior knowledge was needed to enjoy these games. The success of video slots meant that hundreds of new games were needed to keep up with public demand. This increase in demand also created the need for even more online casinos. Eventually, the Internet was awash with hundreds of online casinos offering hundreds of slot games. Nowadays, most casino sites are slots focused and this is down to the popularity and profitability of slots. Slots give casinos the biggest house edge of any casino games, yet the gambling public is willing to ignore this fact and gamble on slots more than any other casino products.
Slots remain as popular as ever and this is why more slot sites continue to open despite the market meeting saturation point. What this means now is that all casino brands face stiff opposition from each other for new customers and each new casino that opens, has to pull out all the stops to attract new customers. The best way to do this is by offering them a decent welcome package and most of these are focused on making that first deposit last longer, courtesy of a deposit boost. A 100% first deposit match is industry standard these days and this is why many casinos are now also boosting 2nd and 3rd customer deposits. All of these come with wagering requirements attached and some of the smaller casinos slap on high requirements that cannot realistically be met by punters. Deposit matches are useful despite the wagering requirements, as they increase your playing time, casino balance and your chances of winning. The downside is the wagering involved and the limitations on winnings that often also apply.
A lot of the time free spins are added to the deposit boosts of welcome bonuses and if these are free of wagering requirements, then they can be just as good as a deposit boost. Some spins unfortunately come with many conditions attached, but there is now a growing trend for no wagering required free spins being offered as bonuses. These can be a godsend but it is also worth noting how many spins you get. Large numbers of spins are usually set at the minimum stake whilst a small number of spins can be set at quite high staking values.