Slots With Bonus Buy
The pros and cons of buying the bonus round on online slots
What Are Slots With Bonus Buy?
A “bonus buy” slot is a slot that allows you to immediately access a bonus round by purchasing it in advance. Typically, this will cost you approximately 100x your bet level. If you want to enter a bonus round with a bet level of £/$/€0.20 per spin you will often pay up to £/$/€20 for the privilege!
Bonus buy features have become incredibly popular with slot players, with many new releases in 2020 offering a bonus buy option. For example, NetEnt recently released Serengeti Kings, their first slot with a bonus buy feature.
Should I Play “Bonus Buy” Slots?
This is up to you, and your appetite for risk. Like any kind of gambling, you can lose, and that also applies to “Bonus Buy” slots. Treat it like any normal bonus round, you could walk away with a 1x or 1000x your bet, but you could also walk away with nothing.
As we mentioned earlier, the cost of buying a bonus round is often 100 times the bet level you have selected, so if you’re playing at £/$/€1 per spin and fancy a shot at a bonus round, that bonus round may end up costing you £/$/€100!
The choice is yours. If you like a bit more risk and are okay coughing up the cost of a bonus round, then go for it. Otherwise, stick to your normal bets. Don’t forget you could unlock the bonus round during the base game for much less than it would have cost you to buy it up front!
Bonus Buy Slots & The UKGC
Bonus buy slots are not available in the UK. This is because the UK Gambling Commission made a determination in late 2019 that the feature was to be banned across all UK casinos. This means that UK players are not able to access this feature on any online slot.
In most cases, the user interface is different for players for the UK, so you won’t even know there would usually be a Feature Buy option there.
With the UKGC making the decision to remove the Bonus Buy option from the market, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see other regulated markets follow suit.
The Risk of Buying a Bonus on Slots
There are some slots where selecting the Bonus Buy option isn’t the only risk available to you. Some games (such as Extra Chilli) allowing you to gamble further within the feature to win even more spins. This is an extreme level of gambling, and is best avoided by standard slot players.
The reality is that you can just as equally lose and return to the base game having lost your initial 100 times bet. These features are considered high risk, and are not recommended for players with a lower bank-roll.
When you look at the math behind these types of games the return to player (RTP) increased when you buy these features. On the other hand, if you look at the amount of time you spend vs the base game, it is far less.
How do I know if I can buy the bonus on a slot?
All slots that offer the option to buy the bonus round will have a button in the main game window that says ‘Feature Buy’, ‘Buy Free Spins’, ‘Buy the Bonus’ or ‘Buy Feature’. Select this option and then decide what stake you would like to enter the free spins round with.