How Are Bonuses Released To Players?

Published on 2014-03-18 18:02:00

Bonus in Dollars - Sign - IllustrationOne of the questions that I hear quite often is - how are poker bonuses released to players?

When you sign up as a new customer on a poker site, you become eligible to earn a bonus after making a deposit on the site. For instance, if a site is offering a 100% bonus of up to $600, you would qualify for a bonus of $200 if you make an initial deposit of $200.

At this point, this bonus money is not yours. Instead, you have to earn it by participating in "real money" games.

Bonuses are usually released in increments. For instance, a site may decide to release your bonus in $5 increments each time you earn a certain number of points.

To understand how this works, let's take a real-life example courtesy of Full Tilt Poker.

Let's say that you are eligible for a $150 bonus at Full Tilt Poker. Full Tilt will release your bonus in increments of 10% or $20, whichever is smaller. So, in your case, you would receive your bonus payments in increments of $15 (10% of $150).

Your bonus will clear at a rate of $1 for every 25 Full Tilt Poker points that you earn. So, in order to clear the first $15 of your bonus, you would need to earn a total of 375 Full Tilt Poker points. Once you have done this, $15 will be released into your account, which will be yours to do with as you please (withdraw, play, etc).

If your bonus is released in increments of $10, you would need to earn 250 points for each increment payment, etc.


Bonuses are not released in one big chunk usually, as the poker rooms want to keep you playing and earning your bonus. This is just how it works.

Poker rooms will usually have slightly different terms for the release of their bonus, but the underlying principle is usually the same - your bonus will be released in increments as you play more and more.