Posted in Industry December 26, 2018
What Happened to “Extra Spins”?
The UK Gambling Commission along with the UK Advertising Standards Authority has mandated that all online casinos use the term “Extra Spins” instead of “Free Spins” in promotional offers. The authorities believe that the term “Free” creates confusion and makes players think that there are no obligations to the casino while those spins are being claimed and used. However, some players and critics disagree with this change and argue that the term “Free Spins” is well-established in the gambling industry and doesn’t mislead players.
In reality, the two terms essentially offer the same thing, except that “Extra Spins” implies that there are certain requirements to be met before withdrawing winnings. Despite the change, some casinos continue to use the term “Free Spins”, as it remains one of the most searched phrases in the online gambling industry. Changing the terminology also poses a challenge for online casinos, especially those that have custom-made promotions that use the phrase “Free Spins”.
Some of the casinos that have implemented the change to “Extra Spins” include Casimba, Dunder, PlayOJO, and Casumo, while others like Videoslots and Rockstar Reels have switched it to “No Wager Spins”. Bet365 and RedBet, on the other hand, have retained the term “Free Spins”.
Regardless of the terminology, players need to read and understand the terms and conditions associated with any bonus or promotional offer to avoid misunderstandings. Investing only what they can afford to lose is highly advisable, and the impact of any regulation changes that benefit casinos should not be a cause for concern for players.