Overall, online poker bonuses are a great way to add some extra money to your bankroll, but using them properly can make a big difference to your profit and your entertainment. Jarrett Murphy wrote an article about clearing poker bonuses, which can be read entirely atwww.on-gulden.com. I decided I would write a follow-up article to explain some of the steps involved in clearing bonuses and to discuss strategies I use when I want to maximize my bonus at online poker rooms.
- Add Your Free Bonus
First thing you need to do is add your bonus code to your online poker account via the bonus code box. Once you have typed in the bonus code, press the add keyword, and your bonus will be added to your poker account within a few minutes.
- Udget Your Bonus
You have now turned your free bonus into a real money position on your poker account. In order to budget your bonus, you will need to first know how much you want to spend. You can comfortably spend between $1 and $10 per hour, and usually you will break even within those limits.
Once you have budgeted your bonus money, all you need to do is to play a certain number of raked hands, which depends on the size of the bonus and the size of your bankroll. For instance, a $1000 bonus will clear at $1,000 – $10,000 per hour. This is not going to clear in a snap, nor will it clear in a day, so you are going to have to stick around for a while before seeing any of your bonus money.
- Playing Within Your Bankroll
Now you have a handle on your bonus and you are ready to play – within your bankroll. In order to play with the bonus money, you are going to have to move a certain amount of chips into your cash account. Do that and you will receive your share of the bonus money.
I like to play online poker tournaments that have 6-10 players, and I like to play a full table of $30-$60 buy-in tournaments. When I have $30 or $60 in front of me, I don’t bank that money. I play a set amount of hours and I play a certain type of game. It may vary from bankroll to bankroll, but that is what I recommend to others.
- Adjusting Your Game
Once you clear your bonus, you can always adjust your 7meter. You can drop down a level or you can move up a level if you want to. You should also move around in ring games once you clear your bonus. Usually once you move into profitable games, you will not want to be hanging around many tables.
The promotions at Full Tilt are excellent, so with the bonus money, you will want to play your best. We believe that you make money at this site, but you need to make it return on a higher level. We will be adding our recommendations to the site as we play. Make sure you read through our opinions on Full Tilt before sitting in. If you want to push your knowledge and improve your game, sign up for a membership at a small poker site before you move up. That way you can tune your game and also get a feel for what the professional poker players are doing.