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Poker Sign-up Bonuses
“Poker Sign-up Bonuses Explained”
Almost all online poker rooms offer sign-up bonuses to attract new costumers. The poker rooms can offer these bonuses because players pay rake – a small amount that is taken from every pot.
The sign-up bonuses are usually around 50 – 100% of the amount a player has raked, leaving the poker room with a small profit. There are three types of poker bonuses.
No deposit bonuses
First, there are no deposit bonuses for which no deposit is required. Players can try out the poker room without risking their own money. A certain number of raked hands or points need to be earned before a player can cashout their bonus and winnings. This is a safety measure to prevent players cashing out immediately after they have received their free money.
Instant upfront sign-up bonuses
Second, some online poker rooms such as Bodog Poker offer an instant upfront sign-up bonus for which a deposit is required. The bonus is credited instantly to the players account after making a first deposit and can be used immediately for real money games after it has been credited to the players account.
Be sure to read the terms and conditions of these bonuses because for many of these all requirements need to be fulfilled before a cashout is allowed.
Standard sign-up bonuses
Finally, the standard poker sign-up bonuses are released after meeting the requirements. For these bonuses a person needs to make a deposit before the bonus can be cleared. Also, do not forget to take a look at the bonus clearance rate for each bonus you are planning to clear. For more information about no deposit bonuses and other poker bonuses please visit the relevant sections.