Originally Posted by fcumred
Sadly, the truth is they do not give you anything for free. There are always the little bits in the terms and conditions ( usually written in type so small you need an atomic microscope to see it ) that ties you in.
I do not take up anything they reckon is free, because they will get it back off you in the long run.
Actually, sometimes there are legitimate free offers. Most bonus money, when released, is yours with no restrictions. Some sites - I think Absolute used to do it - occasionally put ten bucks in the accounts of low stakes players like me when we busted out, just to keep us on the line I guess. Before the American ban, I used to get freebies once in awhile from Interpoker. And some sites will seed you ten bucks, like Pitbull.
There are even a few affiliates that give you bonus money up front so you can actually play without making a deposit.
However, some of these things do have restrictions on withdrawals. On Pitbull, for example, you might take that ten bcks and run it up to a million, but you can't withdraw a cent until you make a real money deposit.
Sometimes, even money you win has restrictions on it. If you win anything on a Carbon freeroll, you win - I think they call it "freeroll dollars" or something. It's real money that you can play with and everything, but you have to wait a week in order to wirhdraw it. After a week, you get a pop-up message that your funds have been released. I guess they do that in the hopes that you'll put the money in play.
But yes, there is free money. Sometimes with restrictions but sometimes not. Even when it's free, it's promotional of course. They are hoping to get you or keep you as a regular player. I'd rather the sites give ME a few bucks than pay it for advertising.