There are many casinos and poker rooms online, which means that there is a lot of competition to claim and keep players. In order to pique interest in their sites, poker rooms often offer potentially lucrative bonuses to entice new players to start playing at their poker room. In addition, these sites will offer loyalty programs that are aimed at those players who have already joined the site, in an effort to get them to stay.
The most commonly-offered poker bonus is the match deposit bonus. All the player needs to do is to sign up with an account to the casino and make a first deposit. The casino will then match this deposit, and this bonus money will then be added to the player’s account and can be used in any poker game. The percentage matched, and the full value, will vary between casinos, though usually casinos will offer a 100% match of values around £100.
On occasion, a poker room will offer a no-deposit bonus, which is simply a small cash bonus added directly to the newly-created account, which the player can use to play without having to put any of their own money into the mix. Loyalty programs tend to be in place for players who have been at the casino for a while, and usually require the player to earn points, which will take them through a series of levels. At each level, the player will be eligible for different bonuses that can come in the form of cash, tickets to events or even entry to a poker tournament.
Other poker bonuses include cash back and rakeback. The latter is the least common, though in the past it used to be a common way for many poker players to make the largest portion of their earnings. As with the other bonuses, it is important to check out percentages offered by the casino, and if there are any wagering requirements attached.