There's various ways to get your hands on some free poker cash
and smart online poker players ensure they qualify for as many of
the options as possible. Below we've provided a quick guide
to the main ways to get some free poker money.
This is a common way for online poker rooms to entice players to
sign up at their room. Sign up bonuses can vary from room to room,
but offer are usually between 100% - 200% of your first deposit
amount. Rooms tend to set an upper limit on this offer of around US
$500-$1000. There can sometimes be an additional cash incentive on
top of this, e.g. $50. There may be conditions about reaching a
certain volume of play before you are credited with the bonus so
it's good to check the finer details on these offers.
Instant Sign-Up Bonus
These bonuses offer an instant cash deposit into your account and
are not so widely offered. Usually this is linked to signing up at
the room and will typically be a small sum, c. $10.
These are by far the most common bonus offers. Essentially the
poker room matches the amount of your deposit up to a certain
amount. For example if you deposited $100 the poker room would give
you an extra $100 on top of that. Most rooms will match 100% of
your deposit depending on the amount.
Poker rooms will usually have a minimum and maximum amount they
will match. In general the sites stick close to a minimum deposit
of $10-$50 while the maximum can be in the thousands.
Keep in mind that most match bonuses are not awarded instantly
and you have to play a certain number of hands on the site to
From time to time rooms will offer a "Reload" bonus to its
A reload bonus is simply a cash reward for a player who deposits
more money into his or her account. Usually this follows the same
matching format as the initial deposit, albeit it's usually for
less money. Like the sign-up match bonus, you don't receive the
It's released in the same way as the initial sign-up match bonus
- by playing a set number of hands.
A referral bonus, which is also called a "Refer-a-Friend" bonus on
some sites, is given to players who bring other players to sign up
at the same poker site.
Bonuses are usually in the $25-$50 range and can be dependent on
the new player's level of play.
No deposit bonuses
These bonuses are given to players who sign up with a specified
bonus code. Typically a player will receive a very small sum
initially, c. $10 and then will need to earn his way up to certain
level of players points at the room before the next instalment of
the bonus is released to him.
Aside from the free poker cash that can be gained through the
different types of bonuses, there's a number of other ways of
boosting that bankroll for free.
Some online poker rooms offer their players the chance to accrue
frequent player points. Essentially these are loyalty schemes to
keep you playing at the room and the points can be redeemed against
room merchandise, in the room's shop and even to buy-in to
tournaments. PokerLoyaltyPrograms.com has the best of the online
poker room loyalty schemes listed all in one place.
Rakeback is sometimes considered the best of all the free poker
cash offers. The reason being that Rakeback is paid to you every
month depending on how much you play. You don't have to wait until
you have played a set number of hands or reached a certain deposit
value for it to be released. The more you play, the more you rake,
the more Rakeback you receive...it's as simple as that.
See all Rakeback offers.
Although technically not free cash, freerolls are a free way of
getting entry into tournaments. They are free tournaments! So if
you finish then you stand to win some cash without having to buy
Also see Poker Cashback
Also see Get Paid to Play Poker
Also see Poker Money Page
Also see Free Poker Page