An Overview of Different Types of Bonuses When Playing Poker Online

By Marcus Harmon
February 27, 2023

Online casinos allow poker players to experience the game like never before, with countless alternative variations alongside the classics. To sweeten the pot, each casino provides a range of different bonuses including sign-up, general, loyalty, and game bonuses. Find out more below.

Welcome Bonuses

Almost every online casino welcomes new players with an attractive bonus, typically written as a ‘first deposit bonus’, ‘sign-up bonus’, or ‘welcome bonus’. Typically, these bonuses are flat but there are other types as well, including:

  • Percentage deposit: Casino pays you a percentage of your first deposit. Often capped so read T&Cs.
  • Matching deposit: Casino matches your deposit exactly. There will be a cap, so check the terms.
  • Free trial without cashing out: Play poker without the financial commitment, but you won’t be able to withdraw winnings.
  • No deposit without cashing out: Some casinos allow you to play without a deposit and will let you keep any takings.

The majority of bonuses will come with capped amount rules and wagering stipulations. For example, before withdrawing any bonus-won winnings, you’ll need to wager it a certain number of times. However, in very rare instances, you’ll find casinos that offer non sticky bonus options that don’t have wagering rules attached.

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Game-Specific Bonuses

Not all bonuses look like cash. A lot of casinos offer game-specific bonuses, which are credits for certain types of games. For example, you may receive credit for poker tournaments, but only in the live casino. Alternatively, you can be rewarded with free spins for a certain slot game, like Mega Moolah.

Other Bonuses

Casinos offer many additional bonuses to say thank you to regular players. For example, after hitting certain milestones, loyal players may hit VIP status to increase their incentive pool. As well as this, to entice players to make an additional deposit, casinos run ‘reload” bonuses (often matching or percentage).

If you’ve got friends that enjoy playing poker, you may be able to win rewards for referring them. However, there are usually requirements they have to meet before the bonus is released. For example, they may have to make a certain number of deposits.

Casinos offer countless ways to deposit money, which helps to increase payer intake. In some cases, a casino will offer ‘preferred payment partner’ bonuses, which reward players for using a particular payment method. Although this is worth keeping an eye out for, they’re not very common.

If your pockets are deep and you make regular large deposits, the casino will likely reward you with high incentives. This can come in many different shapes including casino-based bonuses (percentage or matched) or non-casino (free event tickets etc.). All casinos will be different, so make sure you read all of their terms.

Playing poker online is heaps of fun, the bonuses outlined above simply elevate the experience. If you see an attractive bonus online, be sure to always read the terms and conditions because they usually have set parameters, which tell you when the bonus will be released and how you c



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Marcus Harmon

Marcus Harmon is a poker writer and editor of Sunshine Poker Rooms, a poker news and information source. With a decade of experience in the online gaming industry, Marcus has been lucky enough to have met and indeed been beaten by some of the great players. His other passions are soccer and travel.

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