Where to find the Easiest Poker Bonuses in 2018
Poker bonuses come in many shapes and forms, with some sites offering a bonus based upon your deposit size, some offering a no deposit bonus while others may also offer you free tickets to tournaments when signing up. Each and every bonus you’ll find online will come with certain conditions attached in order for you to clear the bonus amount and some of these conditions are easier to meet than others.
In this article I start by looking at some of the bonus conditions and explain how some can be much more beneficial to players than others. You can then find how to evaluate how good one bonus might be in comparison to another. I finish by recommending two poker sites which I consider to have extremely good bonus structures for the players (one for US players and the other for International poker fans)
Poker Bonus Conditions Explained
When taking a bonus the terms and conditions will state how much ‘rake’ you’ll need to generate to clear the bonus. Rake is the amount of commission the poker site takes out of each pot, and at most sites this is worked out by the amount of rake you have contributed to a pot. For example, you might be involved in a pot of £3, where the poker site takes a total rake of £0.15. However, only £1 of the £3 in the pot is from your stack, so you will have contributed just £0.05 to this pot.
Other sites will state how many player points you’ll need to earn to release the bonus. This is effectively the same as ‘rake’ as you’ll earn your points based entirely upon the amount of rake you pay – it just makes it a little more complicated to work out!
Some bonuses will be released incrementally, meaning that on a bonus of £50 for example, you may receive £5 every time you hit 10% of the total rake/points needed. Other bonuses may take a different approach which might mean you collecting the total amount of points before awarding you the full bonus.
The final important piece of information regarding the bonus is the amount of time you actually have to clear it. Usually you’ll have between 1 and 3 months to clear the amount – any amount of time under a month will make it tough to clear.
Bonus Comparison How-To
There is a very straightforward way to work out how good a bonus is – simply by working out how much rake you’ll need to pay to earn a set amount. However there are other considerations to bear in mind as well, as you can see from the following two examples:
Bonus One – You are given a bonus of £100 and you’ll receive the bonus in increments of £10 every time you earn 40 player points. You earn a single player point for every £1 you rake at the site. This means that you’ll earn £10 in bonus money for every £40 you rake – which equates to 25%.
Bonus Two – You are given a bonus of £100 and you’ll receive the bonus in full when you have raked £200 at the site. This is a much easier calculation as there are no player points involved – this bonus being paid at 50%.
In terms of pure value example two is better. However, it should only be taken if you are sure you will be able to complete the bonus, otherwise example one, although earning you less, ensures you gain at least some bonus money.
Easy Poker Bonuses for 2018
888 Poker (International Players) – When you join 888 Poker you’ll immediately be given a free £12 to use at the site ($20). This comes in the form of 9 tickets to a $1 buy-in tournament, 3 tickets to a $3 buy-in tournament and $2 to play with at the site. This amount can be withdrawn after earning 50 bonus points at the site which equates to a rake of $25. No deposit bonuses are particularly rare in poker, so this should be snapped up!
You’ll also be able to take advantage of a 100% welcome bonus up to $400. This bonus will be released in increments of $10 every time you earn 100 status points (which is equivalent to $50 of rake). See www.888poker.com and take your free cash now.
Bovada Poker (US Players Only) – When joining Bovada poker you’ll be given a 100% deposit bonus up to a whopping $1,000. This bonus is paid out in 6 stages; the first bonus is $10, then $50, $150, $300, $600 and $1,000. The bonus is released at the rate of $10 for every 50 poker points. If playing tournament poker you’ll earn 3 points for every $1 tournament fee, meaning you’ll earn your $10 bonus for under $17 in tournament fees. Cash game players also earn their bonuses very quickly.
The 'Recreational Player Model' at Bovada keeps the games super-soft. Check out www.bovada.lv for the latest deals.