Just like the gambling climate, the promotions offline and online casinos offer have their separate pros and cons. With land-based facilities, you are open to a world of comps, special events, exclusive offers, and discount rates. Most casinos have at least one additional service, which includes accommodations, restaurants, shops, event centers, and bars. What casinos do to appreciate their loyal customers is to reward them according to their expenses. Rewards range from free meals to shopping discounts.
With online casinos, promotions work quite differently. The promotions are often cash bonuses based on a predefined percentage of deposits. Usually, a percentage of your first, second, and third deposits are individually awarded back to you in a bonus balance. The catch is to meet the wagering or rollover requirements before earning the ability to transfer money in the bonus balance to your real balance, then request to withdraw. Yet, there is a trick to this system.
Pai Gow Poker is of a relatively low house edge, which means it brings low income for the casinos. Not as low as blackjack but the house edge typically falls between 2.5% and 2.9% depending on your strategy.
What this means is that casinos are obliged to place strict wagering requirements on Pai Gow Poker to guarantee their income. This results in high rollover requirements; e.g. backgammon (6.56% house edge) or Wheel of Fortune (11.2%) could have a requirement of just 20 while Pai Gow Poker and other low house edge games could require 100x or more rollovers. In general, the requirements of table games have peaked in recent times to an extent that it makes more sense to play slots when you are trying to meet a wagering requirement.
Another system used is the contribution percentage, which simply indicates the percentage a certain game (simplified down to each variant) contributes to your wagering requirements. For example, craps and baccarat (both with low edges) alongside Pai Gow Poker could contribute 10%, i.e. each $100 counts as $10. Sic Bo, which has house edges as high as 47.22% with the lowest being 7.21%, could be 100%, i.e. each $100 counts as $100.