Online poker rooms have been offering sign-up bonuses to new players since they first opened and I can’t imagine bonuses ever being discontinued, as they’re a great way to attract new players. The majority of poker bonuses are 100% of your first deposit with the maximum bonus varying between sites. On average you can expect to receive anywhere from $100-$600 from a sign-up bonus depending on the poker room you decide to play with and the amount of money you deposit to the site.
Although some sites claim sign-up bonuses to be free money you actually need to earn them. It doesn’t cost you any money to earn a sign-up bonus from a poker room, but you’ll need to play poker to clear the bonus. Every poker site has their own set of clearing requirements that need to be met. Poker rooms reward players with loyalty points every time they play for real money and these points are used to determine how much of the bonus you’ve cleared.
Most poker bonuses require an average of 100 loyalty points for every $1 in bonus, which should only take about an hour if you’re a ring table player. Tournament players will take a bit longer to clear the bonus, but it shouldn’t take that long to clear every $1.