How Play Styles Influence Which Casino Promotions You Should Take
There are a variety of styles of play when it comes to casino games online, and there are plenty of different types of players as well. With that said, there are certain types of promotions and different approaches to getting extra value that work better with some styles than others.
Tying Together Play Styles and Promotional Approaches
If you spend any amount of time at all in the online gambling world, you’ll see lots of promotions and ways to get extra value for your play. Casinos and other sites are in competition for players, and along these lines, they need to offer something competitive to get the attention of people who are always looking for a better deal.
However, not all players are alike, and some players have a different style than others, which means that different promotional approaches will get them better results.
This is the reason why there is no “one size fits all” approach that works best for promotion and marketing for a casino. The things that they would offer don’t apply equally to everyone, and that means they have to offer different types of deals to attract the largest selection of players.
In what follows, we’re going to break down which play styles benefit the most from various approaches to promotions and give you an understanding of what you can do to get the most from the deals that are available.
Starting Off: Understanding Your Play Style
We’ve written before in a lot of depth about the different types of play styles in the casino world. To give a quick refresher, you mostly need to answer the following questions about yourself:
- Do you play often or just once in a while?
- Do you deposit often or prefer to ride out a single deposit as long as possible?
- Which types of games do you prefer the most?
- Do you like to stay at one site for the long term, or do you want to jump around a lot?
The answers to these four questions will push you toward certain types of promotions and deals in terms of getting the most out of what’s available. We’re going to break down each of these questions and their immediate options in the following to show you how this all works so that you can very quickly and easily decide for yourself what will work the best for you.
The Issue of Play Frequency
If you’re the type of player who gets in on the action regularly, then certain promotions will benefit you more when compared to players who don’t really play so much. This can be just as important part of the decision-making process as the actual games you play in the first place, so it’s definitely not something to ignore.
On the most basic level, this is a primary concern with casino bonuses that have wagering requirements, especially since most of them will have an expiration date. If you don’t put in enough bets before time is up, you simply lose the bonus, which means it was pointless to take it on to begin with. As a result, deposit bonuses and other types of casino bonuses may not be the best way to go if you’re a more casual player or if you take longer breaks between the periods in which you do play.
Instead, you may want to go to something like loyalty programs instead. Since the value you accumulate in most of those will stay on your account until you’re ready to spend them, you don’t have to worry so much about the time-sensitive aspect of the situation.
Another type of promotion to focus on are tournament events that last for a short period of time. For example, many sites have tournament events that last for anywhere from three to seven days, and that allows you to get serious opportunities and value for playing your favorites without having to stretch things out for a super-long period of time. Since you can play whenever you want within those time frames with no restrictions, it’s flexible enough for this type of player as well.
Considering Deposit Frequency
Because a lot of promotions are tied to when you actually deposit, your deposit frequency has a lot to do with which deals you can feasibly take advantage of. This is more of a factor with things like welcome deposit bonuses and reloads, but some other types of deals require you to have put in a deposit within the previous so many days before you can take advantage, so it can be relevant then also.
Here’s an example of how this affects the optimal approach for promotions. If you prefer to make small, frequent deposits, then you won’t get as much value from a large welcome package as someone who makes larger, infrequent deposits. This is because you generally won’t be able to take as much of a big match percentage, which lowers the amount of bonus that you receive.
On the other hand, if a site has recurring reload offers with a small maximum value, then frequent deposits that aren’t as big can get you a lot to work with that will unfold over time instead of being dropped on you all at once.
Both preferences for deposit frequencies are completely valid. However, you need to adjust appropriately when it comes to the promotions that you take advantage of so that you can match them up to your preferred play style.
Preference for Game Type
For the most part, we can divide casino games up into two groups: slots and table games. There are some titles that don’t necessarily fit into this arrangement, but they are usually grouped together with table games as well.
Along these lines, casinos generally break their promotions up along these parameters as well. That’s why you’ll see slot-specific offers or table game-specific deals when it comes to bonuses and things of that nature. The percentages for match bonuses are generally higher for slots because the house edge on most table games is much smaller, and that way they balance out to avoid situations where the casino gets exploited by people who play in bad faith.
Something you’ll want to think about if you’re not a slot player is that the value you’ll get from deposit bonuses, reloads and other kinds of percentage match-based deals is on the lower end.
While you shouldn’t abandon them completely, you should keep in mind that they are not going to be the bulk of what works for you. Instead, you should incorporate other options like loyalty points programs as long as those points can be exchanged for something of value.
As a result, you’ll probably want to avoid jumping around too much because your points in these types of programs are worth more if you stay at the same casino for the long run. Ideally, you’d want to get at a casino that has both a loyalty program and recurring reloads that you can use with table games, even if they’re for a lower percentage match, if you’re a non-slot player.
If you only play slots, or if you heavily prefer them, then you have a whole lot more flexibility because there are so many more options out there. You also have a lot more options when it comes to welcome bonus packages than table games fans, which means jumping around to different sites is a more viable strategy.
The Issue of Casino Loyalty
New online casinos are opening all the time. We see tons of them come each year, and what’s interesting is that while some of them do shut down, most of them actually stay open for quite a while in a lot of cases.
What this means is that you are always going to have them dangling new deals, bonuses and other promotions in front of your face trying to get you to jump from your current home to play there instead. With that said, it’s not always the best option for everyone.
As you’ve seen above, if you make smaller deposits (even if they’re more frequent), if you’re a table games player or if you don’t play super often, it can be a pretty big disadvantage to jump from casino to casino. The four factors we have been talking about really tie together in this way, and they strongly suggest a certain level of cohesion if you want to have a strong overall strategy for how you handle the promotional side of your play.
Your play style actually determines how you should go about this, as you have seen, and a casino loyalty program is a big part of that. Some players will benefit more by staying in one place, especially if they prefer slots, deposit larger amounts (even if it’s infrequent) and so on. However, others will not. You need to decide what works for you based on where you land on these four questions we have asked in the above.
Our goal here is to give you the information you need to figure out an overall strategy for taking advantage of bonuses and other types of promotions based on your preferred play style. What this does is that it gives you an overall gameplay so that you know exactly what you’re after, but it also allows you to do it while handling yourself in a way that works for what you like about your casino experience.
If you answer the four questions we’ve posed here and follow through, then you’ll have a much better time and get much more value than you would otherwise.