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How to make the most of poker bonuses

17 May 2013

When you first start playing online poker, you’ll see that many sites offer a poker bonus and it can seem like there’s plenty of opportunity to play with the casino’s money. However, although there are genuine poker bonuses to be had, you shouldn’t go in with your eyes shut. You need to be aware that there are always terms and conditions attached to a poker bonus, some of which are more stringent than others.

The kinds of conditions that frequently pop up include a wagering requirement. This means before a bonus is added into your account, you have to play a certain number of poker games. Also you usually won’t be allowed to withdraw the bonus from your casino account into your bank account – the money is there to be played with on that site only.

You may think that the best policy is to play at several different poker sites, collecting the bonus available for new account holders when you sign up. Although this is possible, doing this may work against you in the long run. This is because many poker sites reward player loyalty, and if you play with only one site, you’ll be rewarded with loyalty points as you play, and the more you play, the more quickly you will reach VIP player status. The VIPs are seen as the elite in the poker playing world and get treated accordingly.

So, the most important thing to do when you’re first starting out on an online poker career is to decide which site you like best, and here we’re talking about how the games play out, the graphics and the user-friendly nature of the site. Many sites also help new players by providing a poker tutorial video so that you can watch and learn how the game should be played.

You can play on different sites for free using the practice play modes and you’ll also find poker sites that offer freeroll tournaments. Freerolls are where you play for free, but can be in with a chance to win real cash prizes or entry fees to other tournaments. They are great for working up your poker skills and strategies without financial risk. If you play well, you can get together a bit of a bankroll with which to start playing for real.

If you don’t go onto the poker site you’ve chosen on a regular basis, you may miss out on any special promotions or offers. So it’s a good idea to subscribe to the email newsletter so that you get regular updates even if you’re not playing very often.

The best advice for poker beginners is to do some online research before you commit to joining a site. You’ll be amazed at the different level of quality in games and the array of bonuses that are on offer.

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