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How to Maximize the Value of Poker Bonuses

5 May 2010, By:
It's really hard to say which poker bonus is best for you. It all depends on what kind of poker player you are, how much you're willing to deposit and what you look for in a poker site. Before you choose poker site and sign-up deal, here are some things to keep in mind.

As you already may know, a poker bonus has a max amount and a match percent. The max amount tells you how much money you can earn and the percentage how much you have to deposit to reach that amount. For a $200 max bonus, with 200% match, you have to deposit $100 to clear the full bonus.

But which one of these figures is most important, the max or the match? Well, it depends on who you are.

I would say that you should let the size of your bankroll decide what bonus to go for. Let me describe what I mean with two poker-player stereotypes.

Player One - The Novice Poker Player on a Tight Budget

Player two has just started playing online poker and is making his first or second deposit at a poker site. He has a small bankroll, and when he has cleared a bonus at one site, he's off to the next one to take advantage of another deal.

This player should probably look for a high percentage match. He might not be able to squeeze out the max amount from a 100% bonus up to $1,000. Remember, to maximize the value of such a deal you must make a $1,000 deposit.

On the other hand, a 300% match bonus up to $600 deal, is a lot more suitable. For only a $200 deposit he can get a $600 bonus, and when that bonus is cleared, there are other deals waiting in the bonus toplist.

Player Two - The Experienced Poker Player with Cash

Player one has been playing poker online for quite some time and when he moves his bankroll to a new site, or parts of it, he knows that he will stay there for a while. Even if he runs in to a cold streak, he has money to back it up with.

I would recommend player one to go for a bonus deal with a high max bonus. Since he will stay on the site for some time, it doesn't really matter how long it takes to clear the bonus.  Also, since he can make a somewhat large deposit, he will be able to reach the full bonus even if the match percentage is just 100% or even less.


When you're comparing poker bonuses, try to evaluate which bonus deal is best for your budget and game plan. That's how you maximize the value.

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