Poker Promotions and Bonuses

Online poker rooms increase the player traffic on their sites by incorporating interesting features. To attract gamers, poker sites offer bonuses and promotions of various types. These allow players to add to their bankroll with ease. Players typically place a lot of importance on the types of bonuses and promotions offered, when selecting a poker room. Here is some information on bonuses and promotions offered by online poker rooms.

Deposit Bonus

Deposit bonuses are offered by most poker sites. These can be of two types - first deposit bonus and reload bonus. A first deposit bonus is offered to the new players of a site. To play poker online for money, players have to sign up with a site and create a real money account. First deposit or welcome bonuses are offered on the initial deposit that a player makes on a site. Top poker rooms offer a 100% match on the amount deposited by players. This means that if a player makes a payment of $100, another $100 is added to his account.

Bonuses are also offered on the deposits made by players after the initial one. These are called reload bonuses or monthly bonuses. The amount deposited by players every month is matched by a certain percentage through this kind of bonus.

Not all deposit bonuses offered by poker rooms are equally rewarding. The quality of bonuses is judged by certain factors. More the amount offered, the better is the bonus. For example, a100% match bonus allowing you to earn up to $1,000 is better than a 25% match bonus, offering maximum $200.

To cash out your bonus, you have to fulfill certain wagering requirements. Bonuses that are easy to clear are better than those that come with stringent wagering requirements.

Refer a Friend Bonus

Refer a Friend Bonus offers an easy way of adding to your bankroll. The bonus is available at most poker sites. The offer works by adding a certain amount of money to members’ accounts, if they get new players to join a poker site. The bonus money is added to players’ accounts once the gamers referred by them sign up with a site and make the initial deposit.


Freeroll is a very common type of promotion. The entry for a freeroll tournament is free. For these tournaments, a certain amount of money is announced by poker rooms for which players compete. The quality of a freeroll tournament is determined by its overlay - the amount for each player. For example, if 50 players participate in a $5000 worth freeroll tournament, the overlay is $100.

Some poker rooms offer freerolls. These tournaments are offered to only those players who play a large number of raked hands on a site.

Guaranteed Prize Tournaments

In a guaranteed prize pool tournament, the prize pool is announced by a poker site prior to players entering it. The interesting aspect about these tournaments is that if the prize pool announced is not reached, the remaining amount is added by the site itself. For example, the guaranteed prize pool announced for a tournament may be $300. After players register themselves for the tournament, if the amount collected is $600, it is well above the amount announced by the site. However, if the number of players entering the tournament is less, and the amount accumulated is $200, the remaining $100 is added by the poker site.

Satellite Tournaments

Satellite tournaments are offered by most poker sites. The winners of these tournaments are offered entries to grand land-based poker tournaments like World Series of Poker. The prizes offered by satellite tournaments are generally seats to events rather than cash prizes.

Bad Beat Jackpots

Bad beat jackpots are special promotions offered to a player, who, with an amazing hand, defeats his opponent having an equally good hand. Most poker rooms don’t charge players an extra rake to qualify for a bad beat jackpot. For this reason, the amount offered for bad beat jackpots is modest. The promotion is available at tables of all limits.

Sit and Go Jackpots

Some poker sites offer special promotions to their players on sit and go tournaments. Sit and go jackpots are offered to players who are able to win these tournaments consecutively a certain number of times. Along with the jackpot, winners also receive the regular sit and go prizes. Poker rooms offering these jackpots charge an extra fee for playing sit and gos.