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Poker Plus - The Bonus Bonanza

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There are a multitude of ways to make money online, but for poker players, there is none better than doing what they love to do…play poker!

Of course you can always play in Freerolls which are plentiful and can be found at every poker site. But what if you want some free money without having to bump heads with thousands of other players to get it? The answer is: Bonuses.

Check out the various poker sites and you will find a bonanza of bonuses being offered. It doesn’t take much research to find out what kind of bonuses your favorite (or soon to be) poker site offers. ALL poker sites are not created equal however. While they all offer some sort of bonus, the amounts, percentages and terms to collect it vary greatly.

The different bonuses generally offered are:

• Sign-up Bonuses
• First Deposit Bonuses
• Reload Bonuses
• Refer a Friend Bonuses

Sign-up Bonuses are where you get free money for opening an account, without requiring you to make a deposit. An example is Duplicate Poker where you will get $3 free to play with immediately.

PokerStars offers $25.00 Free, but you have to play in cash games to earn 100 FPP’s (Frequent Player Points) for the bonus to be released into your real money account.

Everest Poker has a great looking $200 free bonus, but you have to earn 1 Summit Point (FPP) to get seven cents released. The upside is if you play often, you can earn FPPs pretty quickly.

Deposit Bonuses are just what they sound like, you get a bonus when you sign-up and deposit for the first time.

Keep in mind when researching bonus offers that some sites require you to jump through flaming hoops to earn a dollar. Generally the bigger the percentage of bonus, the harder it is to earn it. A few sites offer free money as a bonus with no play-and-earn requirements. Titan Poker for example, gives new players $50 free with a $50 deposit. The $50 bonus is credited to the players account 72 hours after sign-up without any “play first” or points earned conditions.

A top ten list of PokerWorks attractive current Bonus offers are:

Lock Poker - 200% up to $1000
Hollywood Poker - 500% up to $500
Titan Poker - 100% up to $500
PokerStars - 100% up to $600
Full Tilt Poker - 100% up to $600
PartyPoker - $50 Free, no deposit required.
Play Aces - 100% up $650
Bodog Poker - 110% up to $1100
UB Poker - 100% up to $1200
Absolute Poker - 100% up to $1200

Of course many of these great bonus deals are just enough to make players in the US drool, because we can’t take advantage of them, thanks to the UIGEA. But for players in the US, Full Tilt Poker and Bodog have a nice bonus percentage, where a small deposit could net you a good sized bonus.

Another easy to earn bonus is for referring your friends, family or anyone else you can think of. Uncle Grouchley may not be someone you send a Christmas card to, but does he play poker?? Would he play online? If so, he could make you a few bucks!

Let’s be honest, we all know someone who plays poker even if they are not on our buddy list. And we no doubt will brag to them about our tournament wins or ring game scores right? Well, why not make some money off your friend’s passion for poker? What are friends for anyway?

When you tell your friends how much you have been winning, encourage them to sign-up for an account and when they do, you will earn a bonus. Almost every site has the refer-a-friend bonus of anywhere from $25 up to $100. When your friends (or grouchy relatives) sign-up for a new account and make a deposit, you get paid a referral bonus. Plus, the person you referred gets an extra bonus as well for accepting your invitation.

Look for the ‘refer a friend’ bonus terms on your favorite poker site. Then take advantage of it to earn some free cash. Some sites have limits on how many friends you can invite and some don’t. You would be surprised how much you could earn. Do the math; got 10 friends that you know will sign-up? At $25 a pop that is $250 cash for your bankroll, just for being friendly!

One bonus offer that is not easily found is the Reload Bonus. This promotion will earn you an extra bonus whenever you add to your bankroll by depositing. Poker sites such as PokerStars run reload bonus promos every couple of months. A few other sites continuously have some kind of reload bonus. Before you deposit next time, look at the site’s promotions to see if they have a reload bonus offer. You may find the offer is so good you want to deposit more to get the maximum bonus. Many players who play regularly will deposit even if they don’t need to, just to take advantage of a ‘too good to pass up’ bonus offer.

You don’t have to be a total bonus whore, but why not maximize what you can get for free? Unless you have more money than you know what to do with, who turns down free greenbacks? And while we are on the subject of free….

When you download and sign up for an account on any poker site, look for new players promotions. Several sites offer exclusive New Player Freerolls, available of course only to new players who have signed up and made a deposit. PokerWorks works closely with various poker sites to offer special new player Freerolls, just for players who signed up via PokerWorks.

Before signing-up at a poker site, check out the site’s review on PokerWorks and you will find special New Depositor Freerolls.

If you are trying to build a bankroll with little or no investment, taking full advantage of any bonuses offered will help you achieve your goal faster. And even if you already have a bankroll…..can you afford to turn down free money? I know I can’t!

Sign-up, log-in, snag a bonus and grab a chair…see you there!

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