What Are “Bonus Buy” Slots?

A “bonus buy” slot is any slot that allows you to automatically use some of your balance in order to immediately access a bonus round within that game. If you’ve played games like Hot Chilli by Big Time Gaming, or the plethora of SGI games that have this function, you will know what I’m talking about!

But that doesn’t answer the question, should we play them?

Should We Play “Bonus Buy” Slots?

Well, that is really up to you, and your appetite for risk. Like any kind of gambling, you can lose, and that also applies to these “Bonus Buy” slots. Treat it like any normal bonus round, you could walk away with a 5x, 10x, or 200x win, but you could also walk away with nothing.

Keep in mind, that the cost of buying a bonus round is often 100 times the bet level you have selected, so if you’re playing at €0.20 per spin and fancy a shot at a bonus round, that bonus round may end up costing you €20.00!

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, be careful and take a step back and give it some thought.


Bonus Buy Slots & The UKGC.

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It’s all well and good if the game providers are offering these bonus buy options within their games, but are they even allowed to offer them legally?

Well, in late 2019 the UK Gambling Commission has ordered all game providers to immediately remove this feature from their games. So what this means is if you’re a citizen of the United Kingdom, you will be unable to make use of the bonus buy feature within a lot of games.

In fact, in most cases, you won’t even know the game offered this option at all as the game provider will have introduced an entirely new UI (User Interface) for players within the U.K.

With the UKGC making the decision to remove the Bonus Buy option from the market, I wouldn’t be surprised if other countries were about to follow suit, so it would be wise to always check if you’re allowed the use the bonus buy features before you do, otherwise, you may be setting yourself up for heartache.

Are Bonus Buys Worth It? 

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For those of you playing outside of the UKGC, Bonus buys are typically worth 100 times or more the bet amount of that particular game. With some games such as Extra Chilli allowing you to gamble within the feature for more spins after this is bought.

The unfortunate reality though is you can just as equally lose and return to the base game having lost your initial 100 times bet.

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.

What Games Can I Bonus Buy On?

Well, this list is far from limited, but the big names offering this feature are;

  • Fat Santa by Push Gaming
  • Fat Rabbit by Push Gaming
  • Spinal Tap by Blueprint Gaming Inc.
  • Buffalo Rising MegaWays™ by Blueprint Gaming Inc.
  • Extra Chilli MegaWays™ by Big Time Gaming (BTG)
  • White Rabbit MegaWays™ by Big Time Gaming (BTG)
  • Vikings Unleashed MegaWays™ by Blueprint Gaming Inc.
  • Rainbow Riches MegaWays™ by Scientific Gaming Interactive (SGI)
  • Sweet Bonanza by Pragmatic Play
  • 300 Shields Extreme by NextGen Gaming
  • Money Train by Relax Gaming