We all like free cash right, who doesn’t? If you are not fully taking advantage of online poker bonuses you are basically giving away free cash. If you play online poker and are not earning a bonus you are doing just that. Every online poker site offers a first deposit sign up bonus and some are larger than others.
When choosing which poker site you are going to play, understanding their bonus structure is of key importance. An online poker site may offer a huge bonus but it is important to read the terms and conditions of the bonus. Is the bonus released in increments or in a lump sum? Sometimes the bonus is so difficult to earn that it either expires before you earn it or you just do not play enough poker to completely earn your bonus. Poker bonuses released in increments are preferred over lump sum bonuses in case you do not reach the requirements and in which case your bonus is forfeited.
The average for earning a poker bonus is about 5:1, meaning that you should be earning $1 of your bonus for about every $5 of rake or tournament fees paid to the site. Anything below this would be considered an easier bonus but anything above the 5:1 ratio may be considered a little too hard to earn. Look for online poker sites that offer a bonus less than this 5:1 ratio. Of note, the USA friendly poker sites generally offer a little larger and easier bonus than site that do not accept USA players. This is because the competition to get new players from the United States is so great. Poker sites that made the choice to continue to accept USA poker players after Black Friday want every new player they can get and will offer huge bonuses in order to do so.