Poker bonuses are proposed by a lot of poker rooms. Their value varies from a few dollars up to several thousand dollars.  Of course, these bonuses are not given to the poker player without any condition and it is often difficult to know what is the real value of a bonus, and how easy is it to get it. A $2000 bonus looks great, but what if it is impossible to clear it? How to know which one you can get and how many hours do you have to play poker to clear it? We will answer all theses questions giving the elements to understand, interpret, and  evaluate such an offer. We will then consider a real bonus.As mentioned before, a poker bonus is associated with terms and conditions that represent the requirements before Bonus web3 it can be cleared. Any time you consider playing to get a bonus, you should carefully read the terms and conditions, not only to understand what is proposed but also to know if you can clear it. Let’s decode what you can find in the terms and conditions with the example of a random poker room offering a 100% bonus up to $200:

 

  • 100% means that the value of the bonus will correspond to 100% of the value of your deposit. If you deposit more than $200, you still have a bonus of $200. If you deposit less than $200, you get a bonus corresponding to the amount you deposit;
  • Most of the time, it is a welcome bonus, also called a first time deposit bonus. You can only take advantage of it if it is the first time you deposit some money at the poker room. They are typically created to encourage players to subscribe to the room and playing with real money. Another type of bonus is a reload bonus, where the poker room proposes it for an additional deposit. There are other types of bonuses but for the sake of the simplicity, we won’t mention them;
  • Most of the time, there are time constraints to clear a bonus, starting from the moment you made the deposit. In general, you have between 15 days to 2 months before it expires;
  • Depending of the system used by the poker room, you have to play a certain amount of hands, or you have to reach a certain amount of points before getting a bonus in a lump sum or by fragment.

 

Despite all these restrictions, poker bonuses can still be very lucrative. It is extremely difficult to compare the bonuses offered by all the poker rooms, but with the example given below, you should be able to at least understand clearly what is proposed. A poker room proposes a welcome bonus: 100%, up to $1000, 60 days to clear it, 13x (with terms and conditions that are not listed here). It means:

 

  • It is a first deposit bonus and 100% up to $1000 corresponds to the bonus that will match your deposit up to $1000, with  60 days to clear it, in a lump sum;
  • Every 13 raked hands played will clear $1 (it is the 13x notation). So, if you deposit $500, you get a $500 bonus and you’ll have to play 500*13=6500 raked hands. As mentioned in the terms and conditions of this website, a raked hand is “a hand in which a player is dealt cards and the pot has been raked at least $0.25”. It means that you have to play actually more hands as there will be some hands where the rake will be below $0.25. In order to assess the bonus, a knowledge of the equivalence between the real hands played and the raked hand is required as it is more important for the player to know how many real hands he will have to play to get the money. This is where it is becoming complicated and it depends on the poker rooms. The only solution is to look for this specific information (in forums, or in specialised web sites,…). In this particular case, based on players experiences, it is generally admitted that, on this poker room, 1 raked hand is equivalent to 4 real hands at NL50, or 3 real hands at NL100 or 2.5 real hands at NL200,… Basically, if you play NL100, you can clear the $500 bonus playing 500*13*4=26000 real poker hands.

 

In general, once you know the number of hands you have to play in order to clear a bonus, you can easily estimate the number of hours you have to play. With the previous example, if we need to play 26000 hands and we play 3 simultaneous tables at NL100, knowing that 100 hands per hour per tables are played, the player would need about 26000/(100*3)=86.6h. Then, we can go even further by taking into account the habits of a player. We know that he has to play 87h within 60 days to clear it, so he has to play about 10 hours a week to clear it. Poker bonuses are a big part of online poker and there can be many offers on top of these bonuses. It is worth visiting web sites like in order to take advantage as much as possible of all the offers that are available for you.

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