Free Poker CashPosted on January 27, 2010 in Free Poker Bonuses
There are a whole lot of free poker cash bonuses available on the internet right now.
The last few years have seen this poker bonus model become more and more popular with poker rooms and independent third party operators.
Of course, they have always been popular with players.
Players that are not familiar with free poker cash bonuses sometimes think that there must be something dodgy about them. That they must be some time of scam. After all, why would anyone want to give away money?!
That is a fair point, and you really can’t be too careful when it comes to the internet.
Well, to begin with, these bonuses come with certain terms and conditions that restrict players from simply withdrawing the free money and walking away with it. Players who claim this type of bonus will be required to actually play poker with the money. That is what it is for after all.
So, you get the free poker cash and you play poker. And the poker room takes a small percentage of every pot in rake. The more you play, the more pots the poker room gets to rake, and the more money they make back.
Many, many players will get a small amount of free cash and blow it all in one or two hands. This is bad. Bad for the player, and bad for the poker room. But a small percentage of the players that get these bonuses will go on to play a whole lot of poker, and become loyal players at the room that gave them the money. And go on to rake a whole lot of money for that poker room.
That is the theory anyway.
Sometimes poker rooms use these bonuses to get a lot of new players. They run the bonus promotion for a while to increase their player base, and then stop for a while.
Like the ten dollars free bonus at Poker Time. They ran their free $10 bonus for a while a couple of years ago, then they stopped for about a year. Then they started up again but only on a limited basis. The finally they made the free $10 available to all new players again.
Check it out here.
Things sure do move fast in the online poker worls at times. It can be like a fulltime job just keeping up with the changes that seem to happen all the time in the poker industry.
Poker rooms close down, new ones open up, new laws are passed, new restrictions are put in place, even paymnet processors close down from time to time.
You might be tempted to just keep you head down and play poker, but it can pay to keep up to date with the latest events. Not losing your bankroll because you knew that your poker room was in trouble would make the effort more than worthwhile.