Most online poker sites offer cash bonuses for the first time, or first few times, you deposit money. But you may have also heard of a “No Deposit” bonus, which seem to offer the impossible — money for free! But while No Deposit bonuses do exist, it’s not as simple as just collecting and withdrawing your cash.
How do I find a No Deposit bonus?
There is a current list of offers here. Some sites offer these bonuses directly on their sites from time to time and can be found searching their promotions section. Other times, these offers are available through promotions offered via third-party sites running campaigns for the poker rooms. You can also find them by doing a web search for “no deposit poker bonus” or “no deposit poker bonus + poker room name” if you’re interested in a particular poker site. You’ll likely find a number of results. Some offers might be expired, so be sure to check the dates of the promotions to make sure they are active.
How do I get the No Deposit bonus?
To get the bonus you will most likely need to sign up to the room by clicking through an advertisement offering the promotion, not all accounts that sign up to the room will be given the bonus, so this is one way they track who gets the bonus.
Once you’ve registered with the poker site you will then need to verify your account in order to get the bonus. Once you’re account is verified the bonus should appear directly in your account. Some rooms might have different requirements for verifying your account.
How much are No Deposit bonuses?
They range in amount but are usually in the range of $5-$50 depending on the site. Some sites will also offer a combination of cash and tournament tickets that make up the value of the bonus. So you might get a $10 bonus, which includes $5 cash and $5 in tournament tickets that can only be used to gain entry to tournaments.
Can I withdraw my free money right away?
Definitely not. Like other bonuses given out by poker rooms, No Deposit bonuses will have restrictions on when you can withdraw, and the money certainly needs to be “cleared”— by playing and accumulating a certain number of points —before you can make a withdrawal. Some rooms will even require you to make an initial deposit if you want to withdraw your bonus, even after you have met their play through requirements. Poker rooms offer No Deposit bonuses so you can experience their software and games without needing to deposit, not so you can take free money and run.
If you take advantage of a No Deposit offer, be prepared to play poker with it. Some notable poker pros have used these types of bonuses to build impressive bank rolls at sites without ever depositing by using these offer, just don’t expect the room to let you walk out the door with their free money and not play.
Are No Deposit bonuses worth it?
This depends on what you want to do. Some promotions for no deposit bonuses are so restrictive that it makes it very hard to cash out and get a deposit bonus, which tend to be much more worthwhile. If you want the challenge of trying to build a free bankroll then these bonuses can definitely pay off. Remember to always read the offer fine print to make sure you know the details of what you are signing up for.