No Deposit Required Bonuses
The no deposit bonuses offered by online rooms change pretty frequently, so please check the poker room and make sure the offer is currently in effect before downloading.
Crazy Vegas poker is a prima poker room, and they've been offering $10 free with no deposit required for some time. I asked support and they told me that even if I claimed a $10 free bonus at a different prima, I could still claim it here. Friendly bunch, aren't they?
They also told me that I would have to email them and let them know I wanted my $10 free, just so you know.
Golden Riviera has joined the list of $10 Free rooms on the prima poker network. But, they are not offering the No Deposit bonus to citizens of the United States.
Why Do Poker Rooms Offer No Deposit Bonuses?
One way online poker rooms try to gather players is by offering free money. It works for the online casinos, and free money is, well, attractive.
The usual way this works is that you download the poker room and sign up as a real player. This is so there's somewhere to put your bonus money.
They'll also usually ask you for a credit card number to have on file. This is to make sure you are of age, and to keep everyone from Mrs. Whipple's 7th grade English class from signing up and trying to get some quick arcade money. While this may not keep all underagers out, at least it proves they had to be deceptive enough to steal credit card information before they got in.
The ulterior motive for getting your credit card info is obvious. If you can just click on "add money" to my account, you are much more likely to do so. That's not a worry for me because I play poker, I'm not an impulsive casino gambler. And besides, most credit card companies deny online poker room transactions anyway. (Read: Making a Deposit)
Once you've established an account, you may have to email support to tell them you're ready for your cash. Sometimes bonuses are deposited automatically, but if it's not, an email ought to take care of things.
Before you can cash out, you are usually required to play a certain number of raked hands (hands where the house takes out a rake). Feel free to contact the poker room and ask them for a number. I've seen several that are 100 raked hand requirements. Not that it makes much of a difference, since minimum cash outs are often $50 or so, and it may take quite a few hands to build a bankroll that high when starting with $10.
That's it for the list of no deposit bonuses. There may or may not be more poker rooms trying this promotion to get people in their doors.
If you know of any no deposit bonus offers from reputable poker rooms, feel free to shoot me a heads up at:
(just replace the AT with the @ sign. i would have made it a clickable link, but I get enough spam as it is, and the spam spiders are always on the prowl for email addresses. ).