Non Sticky Casino Bonuses Guide

A non-sticky casino bonus (also known as a ‘lifeline bonus’) is like a standard casino deposit bonus however the deposit is not restricted and not tied to any wagering requirements,

Should the player be lucky enough to hit a good win whilst using their deposit balance, they are allowed to withdraw their win as well as their remaining deposit.

However – if the player decides to withdraw their bonus balance will be forfeited.

Should the player decide to continue playing, once their deposit balance is depleted, the bonus balance becomes restricted until its lost or the wagering requirement is completed.

Example of a Non Sticky Bonus.

  • Paul activates a 100% up to €100 non-sticky deposit bonus by depositing €50 and receiving a €50 bonus.
  • In total Paul has €100 to play with (deposit balance of 50€ + a bonus balance of €50).
  • The deposit balance of €50 is used first.
  • Whilst Paul plays using his deposit balance, he makes a bet of €3 and wins €500.
  • Paul decides to withdraw his win + remaining deposit. By doing this Paul walks away with €500 + his remaining deposit balance, but he loses the 50€ bonus.

Scenario 2

  • Paul activates a 100% up to €100 non sticky deposit bonus by depositing €50 and receiving a €50 bonus.
  • In total Paul has €100 to play (deposit balance of 50€ + a bonus balance of €50).
  • The deposit balance of €50 is used first.
  • Whilst Paul plays using his deposit balance, he makes a bet of €3 and wins €500.
  • Paul decides to keep playing and after a while depletes his deposit balance and starts to us his bonus balance, at which point the wagering requirement kicks in. Paul now needs to wager his €50 bonus balance x 30x wagering, equating to €1500.
  • Paul can either lose his balance before completing the wagering or manage to complete the €1,500 wagering and thus convert the bonus into withdrawable funds.

The Cash-out formula for a non sticky bonus is: real deposit + winnings – bonus = cash-out amount.

What is the difference between Sticky Bonuses and Non-Sticky Bonuses

Put simply, in a sticky bonus the deposit and bonus balance are restricted until the wagering requirement is completed, or the player decides to cancel the bonus.

Casino Bonus or Sticky Bonus

  1. Your restricted cash and bonus balance are mixed
  2. The wagering can be applied to both deposit + bonus, or just the bonus.
  3. The restricted cash + bonus funds = bonus balance.
  4. The only way to withdraw your bonus balance is to either convert the bonus by completing the wagering requirement, or by cancelling the bonus, or if the bonus expires.
  5. If you cancel the bonus or the bonus expires, you lose the bonus funds + winnings, but any remaining cash becomes withdrawable.

Non Sticky Bonus

  1. Also known as a second life or a lifeline bonus.
  2. The cash and bonus balance are kept separate.
  3. You start playing with your cash balance first.
  4. The cash balance & winnings can be withdrawn (however you will forfeit the bonus balance).
  5. If you use the bonus balance, the wagering requirement kicks in (on the bonus balance only).

Why don’t all online casinos offer non sticky bonuses?

Non sticky bonuses came about further to the “Fair and transparent terms and practices” set out by the UK Gambling commission to control how licensed online operators manage their promotions. The aim is for online casino promotions to be clearly displayed, communicated and fair for both the operator and the player.

If an online operator is not licensed in by the UK Gambling Commission and does not target UK players then they are not obliged to follow these rules. For this reason you might come across sticky casino bonuses. Find out what tactics savvy casino players use to try to convert bonuses.

Can I play a non sticky bonus if I am not a UK player?

Check the terms and conditions of the bonus before playing to understand whether the bonus is a sticky or non sticky bonus.

In general if a casino builds its bonus engine to conform with the terms expected for a non sticky bonus then all players taking the offer (no matter their country) will get the same bonus. However if their bonus engine is built to work differently based on the location of the player, then the only way to know this is to check the terms.