Online poker offers a world of opportunity to all players regardless of ability, with welcome bonuses of £/€/$500 or more readily available. Some of the top poker rooms even offer you the chance to play online against poker professionals and sporting celebrities. Regular tournaments with 6 figure guaranteed prize funds attract players in their thousands, so the use of bonus cash is a great way to fine tune your table skills before making your play for a tilt at the jackpot.
Understanding Poker Bonuses
Online poker bonuses come in several different formats so it’s important to understand what is meant by all the bonus jargon. We’ve broken it down into ‘plain english’!
Instant Cash / No Deposit Bonus
Upon completion of Sign Up and age verification (done by entering valid card details) you’ll immediately receive the advertised cash bonus added to your account. These bonuses are not as common as in the past and tend to be offered on a periodic basis. Sometimes, you are not even required to make a deposit.
Deposit Match Bonus
These are the ones usually advertised by online poker rooms as typically your first deposit is 100% matched by the poker website in bonus cash. It is not uncommon to see more than 100% (often up to 250%) with fierce competition between poker sites. Deposit match bonuses are usually capped with a maximum amount of around $500. The important thing to note with this type of poker bonus is that the cash is almost always released in stages based on hands played, so it’s a good idea to check out the terms for when cash will be released and keep track of the number hands played.
Most often released incrementally like the deposit match bonus, these bonuses are used to ensure existing players keep coming back to the poker room. They are based on the deposited amount, however they rarely reach the 100% match widely available to new players. That said, if you’re a regular player and can meet the criteria then why wouldn’t you take advantage of the free cash on offer!
Refer A Friend
Using a specific link from an email or sometimes there’s an area on the site itself you can invite new players to join the poker room. Once they’ve created an account and gone onto deposit and met the qualifying criteria of number of hands played the bonus (usually between $10-$50) the cash is credited to the recommending player’s account.
All bonuses tend to have a time limit (usually 30 days) for meeting the terms within, so make sure you've checked the small print before you accept the terms.