The Best Poker Bonus Code at the Best Online Poker Sites – Updated for January 2018
Using the right poker bonus code can get you started on the right track at some of the biggest and best online poker sites. These can unlock special cash bonuses, extra tournament entries or even completely free play.
This page is the place where the latest poker bonus codes and information about what that code will get you is kept. Note that this page focuses on the non-US sites, check out my US Online Poker Sites guide to codes / bonus info for the offshore US operators.
Here is what you will find:
Table showing the latest bonus codes at the largest Worldwide (non-US) poker sites
Poker Bonus Codes 101: This section explains what the codes do, how they work and what happens if you do not enter one.
Intro to the best sites which do offer bonus codes (an overview of the pros / cons of each)
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Poker Bonus Codes 101 – All You Need to Know
#1 What Are Poker Bonus Codes?
The closest equivalent would be the coupon codes you use to get discounts when buying things online. These are short words or word / number combinations that you enter into the screens of poker sites either when you register for the first time, or when you deposit. Some sites also use Marketing Codes, which preform a similar role.
#2 What Are the Benefits?
This varies from site to site. Most poker rooms will offer a bonus which is matched to your first deposit. You will often get free tournament entries (things like $5k prize pool depositors freerolls) too.
The codes to look out for are those which come with distinct benefits over and above the usual welcome bonus. Examples include the $20 extra in cash from Titan Poker (with code PBCLUB) or entry to the ‘Fishmarket!’ (€11 tournament) at Red Kings when this is running.
#3 What if I Have Registered Without a Bonus Code?
You’ll usually get the default version of the bonus of a site, usually the 100% match on your own deposit. Once you have registered it is usually too late, though if this was recent a quick friendly e-mail to the support staff might help you get some extra benefits.
If your site is on a network, for example iPoker or MicroGaming, then you could always choose another member and register there with a code.
My view is that if you enjoy the games and your current site is rewarding you with regular offers and a good reward scheme, then do not sweat the lack of bonus code at the start too much.
#4 Are Bonus Codes Only for New Signups?
Not at all! There are many codes which are aimed at existing players. These are usually to take advantage of a special offer, for example a reload bonus for extra deposits, or a code which will get you entry into a qualifier game for live events. One way of making sure you get plenty of these offers is to withdraw your money from a site and simply wait a week or two. They will usually send you an offer! Of course, you can always mail them to ask.
#5 How Do I Know I Have the Best Bonus Code?
There are no bonus codes which completely crush all the others, this would not make sense to the poker sites. The reason is that these codes are given to 3 rd parties in order to help promote the rooms. If a code was so amazing that it made no sense to sign-up with any other, then the site would be handing a big slice of their revenue to the 3rd party website for no reason!
What you will find is that codes offer incremental value on top of the signup (freerolls, $20 cash, free play bonuses and so on). If your code looks pretty good, then you will usually have found the best offer available!
Poker Bonus Codes – Current Status of the Main Poker Sites
No matter how great your code, there is more than some extra cash involved when it comes to choosing where to play. As you’ll see written a lot here at HTG, avoiding poker pros and seeking the softest (easiest to beat) games will make a far bigger difference to your bankroll than any extra free tournament entries.
This section outlines the pros and cons of the 5 biggest worldwide poker rooms, along with their poker bonus codes and other player offers.
#1 PokerStars.com – Uses Both a Bonus Code and Marketing Code
There are two steps to getting the 3x ‘first’ deposit bonuses and $100k tournament entries package at the biggest online poker site. When you register you’ll need to choose ‘Affiliate Marketing Code’ and insert PSP3108 into the new box which appears. When you make your first 3 deposits, use bonus code STARS600 (good for up to $600 in total matches and expires after 90 days).
Pros: Biggest site (by a long way) and has an awesome selection of games, tournaments and poker variations. Generous loyalty rewards and big online poker events too.
Cons: Infested with pro grinders, even at the smaller stakes. You’ll need to be careful which games you sit in, a lot are full of multi-tabling ‘grinders’ who will not give too much money away.
Code Info: Marketing Code = PSP3018, Bonus Code = STARS600 URL: www.pokerstars.com
#2 – 888Poker.com – Free Play Offer + Codes for Reloads / Promotions
You do not need a code right away at the 2nd biggest (and fastest growing) online poker site, 888 Poker. Instead, all brand new players get $88 in free play to try the real money games, which comes in $8 increments. This is restricted to one per household, and can vary by country. You can still get a 100% matched welcome bonus the first time you deposit. Where you will need the codes are for ongoing offers, and 888 are very big on those. Some will appear in your inbox, while other offers appear when you start the poker client.
Pros: Smart software, top rated for promotions and a real focus on recreational type players that keeps the games super soft + $88 free play for all new players.
Cons: Limited poker variations (little action outside NL Holdem and Omaha).
Code Info: None needed to start, plenty used for extra offers once you join. URL: www.888poker.com
#3 – Titan Poker.com - $20 Extra Cash for this Big iPoker Network Site
Titan Poker are the leading poker brand on the huge iPoker Network, which is a collection of (mostly) sports betting sites that pool together their players in order to offer bigger tournaments and a larger choice of games. There is a distinct offer for this site – if you register using bonus code PBCLUB, then you get $20 more cash, paid directly to your player account within 48 hours (usually a lot sooner, I just need to put that in case of delays!). This is on top of the 200% matched welcome bonus – meaning that a $20 deposit gets you $60 more to play with.
Pros: A lot of cross over traffic from big sports betting brands means that the games are always crazy (sometimes too crazy!), iPOPs tournament events and jackpot Sit N Goes worth checking out.
Cons: Games in Euros only, software getting better, though does not compete with the best.
Code Info: Register with PBCLUB for $20 extra free cash. URL = www.titanpoker.com
#4 – Party Poker – One of the Oldest Brands and Still Going Strong
Party were part of the first wave of online poker, and have kept their reputation for being the best destination for new players looking to learn the game in a safe and entertaining environment. You’ll get to $20 instant bonus (instead of a match) at Party Poker, plus plenty of tournament entries. When you register, use bonus code PBCLUB to claim your bonus offer. There are plenty more rewards to follow, especially if you are happy to complete the many ‘missions’ that Party Poker provides for you.
Pros: Beginner vibe, plenty of action and a noticeable absence of ‘pro grinders’ at the tables.
Cons: No multi-tabling or help from software tools.
Code Info: Register with bonus code PBCLUB. URL: www.partypoker.com
Summing Up – Next / Steps
First of all, bookmark this page now, it is updated regularly with the latest poker bonus code info for both US and worldwide players.
Second, make sure you have a strategy in place for taking advantage of both the new offers and reloads / extras. These will make a big difference to your bankroll over time!
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