If you are a professional poker player or seasoned poker veteran, you are undoubtedly familiar with the importance of poker bonuses and the edge they can give you over other poker players. If you are new to the world of online poker, you are about to find out.
An online poker bonus is pretty much what it sounds like: a bonus given to you for playing poker. The poker sites like to give you these forms of incentives because it attracts more players, thus giving them more rake backs and so on. The bonuses can come in the shape of a sign up-bonus that gives you a few bucks to play with, a deposit-bonus that matches your first deposit up to a certain amount, or a rake back-bonus that is given to players who play, well, a lot.
There are two ways to capitalize on these poker bonuses. The first way is to use the money for practice: if you can get practice and experience worth Euro100 without having paid more than Euro50, you’ve made a pretty good bargain. Experience is what ultimately will win you money, so don’t be surprised if it takes a bit of money gaining that experience in the first place.
The other way to use the online poker bonuses is for leverage. It’s quite simple really: the more money you have to play with, the more pressure you can put on your opponents. A big stack is usually the best and easiest way to lean on an opponent until he (or she) breaks. If the poker bonus gives you a Euro200 stack when you in fact only paid Euro100 to get that stack, you get an obvious leverage. By using it wisely, it will definitely give you that sought after edge over your opponents at the poker table.