This article will teach you about the four most common promotional tools used by poker sites. I will teach you how these promotions can get you free poker money.
Money for free. How does that sound? Pretty interesting, most gamblers would think. Here is how it works:
Poker sites, like all other businesses, want as many customers as possible. To increase their number of poker players they have come up with a variety of methods, all designed to attract new customers. The four most common promotional tools they use are:
First deposit bonuses. They are only given to new customers and usually requires a deposit before any money reaches the customer. For example, "deposit up to $500 and we will give you a 100% deposit bonus". But some sites offer a so-called no deposit bonus, which means that they will give you money to play with without any requirements for a deposit. Register with name, address and email, get the bonus, and start playing poker for free!
Freerolls. These are poker tournaments that are free to participate in, and offer money or some other kind of prize, like gadgets or tournament tickets, for the top finishers. There are usually lots and lots of people playing in them, which means they take a lot of time. But still, you don't have to risk any of your own money and even if you don't win anything, you get to practice without losing any money. For the professional poker player, not losing money is just as important as winning money.
Rakeback and loyalty programs. These are designed to give back a certain percentage of the money you pay in rake and fees in a given month. To get this kind of free money you have to deposit and play with your own money, but it is still free money that you wouldn't have gotten otherwise. Rakeback can come both as flat rakeback, which means a fixed percentage, and as progressive rakeback, which means a higher percentage the more rake and fees you pay in a month.
Leaderboards, rakeraces and other special promotions. These promotions usually requires a lot of time playing poker if you are going to have a chance at winning some of the prizes offered. Prizes can be anything from iPads and Playstation consoles to tournament tickets or cash. But for the professional poker player, with all day and night available, this kind of free money can add up to a lot in the long run.
Regardless if you are a complete beginner at poker, or a semi-professional poker player, taking advantage of the above mentioned promotions can really boost your winnings (or decrease your losses). So, be sure to scan the all the best poker sites for the best deals and promotions available. It will pay off!