No one can deny the intense appeal of Poker within the gambling world. The simple fact of the matter is that it continues to be one of the most popular and lucrative gaming areas for casinos all over the world. But it’s not just “brick and mortar” establishments that are pushing poker on gamblers, every single online casino also features at least a few variations of the game to choose from. In truth, most people only visit these sites to play poker, that’s just goes to show you how admired and trendy the game really is.
This of course brings us to our main point – poker bonuses. As with any other type/model of business out there, it’s often imperative to create promotions in order to facilitate increased activity. For example, just think about all the various offers you get in the mail whenever a new establishment opens down the street (or locally); they have to create something attractive or enticing in order to get people to pay them a visit, don’t they?
Casinos tend to offer a wide range of bonuses and perks, those centered on poker being some of the most visible and obvious. Likewise, with every new house there will be a number of new variations on the bonus theme, so to speak. Here are some of the more common examples of poker bonuses you’ll find in casinos…
If we’re talking about online casinos, most places will offer visitors a bonus for simply signing up with the site. These vary in terms of their amount(s), with some being offers to match initial deposits (up to a percentage) and others being up-front offers of relatively small value. For instance, you might get a simple bonus of around £5-£10 or $5-$10 for joining an online casino which you can use to gamble with. Moreover, many of these offers are gifted without requiring you to actually make any sort of deposit beforehand. Naturally, these are useful for trying out the site or getting a feel for how everything works.
As far as matching deposits go, there are casinos which do such things but they often have additional rules and stipulations which you must meet or follow. For example, it might be possible to get a 100% match deposit bonus, but you will be required to meet other criteria. More often than not this takes the form of “points” which you must gather, usually within the first day of activity on the site. In other words, if you were to deposit $100, you would need to gain over 500-1000 points in order to access the additional bonuses.
Bad Beat Bonuses
There’s nothing quite as frustrating as having an extremely strong hand on a round or two at the poker table and still losing in spite of it. Realizing this, many casinos created a “bad beat bonus”. In essence, this means that when you lose with a high hand (like aces full of kings or a full house), you win a multiplier of the big blind. This adds another layer of complexity and interest to the game of course, and seeks to keep players from becoming too incredibly frustrated as well. There may or may not be a limit here, as some casinos will put a cap on bad beat bonuses up to around $500-$1000 while others which do more business might have no limit. Additionally, this sort of bonus tends to only apply to non-tournament games and those which feature cash bets, as opposed to chips, and the offer tends to only become active after there are 3 or more players participating.
Royal Flush Bonus
Aside from being the highest ranking poker hand, a royal flush might also afford you an additional bonus at some casinos. In case you don’t already know, a royal flush hand contains an Ace, King, Queen, Jack and 10, all of the same suit. It’s safe to say that if you have this hand, you’re probably going to win big for that round (unless you bungle things by giving it away) but you might also receive $100-$300. In most scenarios you must win the pot, be playing with three or more people and use both of your pocket cards.