Bonus Whoring Guide

How To Bonus Whore
Most online poker rooms offer sign-up bonuses. These can vary greatly with some rooms offering a bonus match of 500% and some offering only 10%. Why should you take advantage of sign-up bonuses? To answer that, we should ask you why you are saying no to extra money for your bankroll. A bonus can help you gain valuable experience, try out a new site or software and most importantly – boost your bankroll! Believe it or not, there are actually poker players who make their living by chasing bonuses. In the online poker industry, these bonus chasers are commonly referred to as Bonus Whores.

Sounds like a sweet deal, so how can you get in on the action? Alas, bonus whoring isn’t easy. Every site has their own bonus terms and requirements to clear their bonuses. Depending on your bankroll and stakes, some may not be possible for you to clear. Keep in mind that just because a site has a big bonus does not mean it is the bonus for you.

Although you may not be able to make your living bonus whoring, you should still take advantage of bonuses. Here are some tips to help you get started.

How do I get started?
Check out our review section to determine which bonus is right for you. Once you have selected a bonus, sign up to the poker room through our link to ensure you get what you are looking for. To begin playing, you need to deposit funds into your new poker account. Payment processors differ by site, so be sure that the site you are playing supports the payment processor that you want to use. Some deposit bonuses also require a bonus code which needs to be entered when you make your deposit. Once you have deposited, check your account to ensure the bonus is listed as pending. If everything is as it should be – get playing and earning free money!

What is required to clear a bonus?
Most bonuses are released to your account after earning a specific number of poker points or playing a required number of raked hands. For example, Tower Gaming offers a 200% bonus up to $150 clearing at a rate of 10 poker points for every bonus dollar released. So you need to earn 10*250 = 2500 poker points to clear this bonus. Be sure to check the terms and conditions of your bonus so that you know how it is cleared.

What is a raked hand?
A raked hand is a hand where you have been dealt cards and rake has been taken out of the pot. At some online poker sites, you do not earn any points unless you have contributed to the raked hand, meaning that you put some money in the pot.

What does “9x” mean?
“9x” refers to the number of points that are required to clear a bonus. For example, Tower Gaming is offering a 50% up to $200 first time deposit bonus that clears at 9x. This means that you need to earn 9 points for every bonus dollar released; specifically 9*200 = 1800 points are required for this particular bonus.

What is a reload bonus?
First time deposit bonuses are only open to new players and can only be used once. A reload bonus is open to everyone, so you can take advantage of it even if you are already a member of the site where it is being offered. These are offered periodically by most online poker sites to give you the incentive to keep playing at their site.

What does RAF mean?
RAF is an acronym for Refer a Friend. Some online poker sites will give you an exclusive bonus for referring friends who sign up and deposit. Depending on the site, these RAFs may or may not be available in conjunction with new deposit bonuses. Be sure to read the terms and conditions to avoid disappointment.