Quite simply, promotions are 'activities' organised by the poker rooms that are designed to attract new players or make sure that current registered players are happy and keep coming back for more action.
Competition between poker operators is fierce - you may already have noted that there are dozens of different poker rooms to pick from from. Each operator has to work hard to promote their own games and software.
Some can differentiate themselves with focus on how many players they have on tables at any one time, many offer side games like blackjack and slots, and of course having a wide range of game types and tournaments is important.
But still behind all of this there is always a need for something extra. That's where poker promotions come into their own.
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Getting The Most From Online Poker Games - The 101 Guide To Poker Promotions
Playing poker is tremendous fun - and can be lucrative if you take the time to build up knowledge and study poker strategy.
But let's face it, the more help you can get the better. Poker is no different than other types of betting - it's worthwhile taking advantage of any bonuses and poker promotions that come your way.
So that's why this page is here. We'll be examining the different types of promotions on offer from the online poker rooms, the best ways to take advantage of them, and where to find them.
Our subject is very much a global game, with the operators running sites that cater for players worldwide. So many of the promotions on offer will be available wherever you reside. There are exceptions of course, and it's always worth checking if you are unsure that there are no restrictions applicable to you in the region that you live.
What Types Of Promotions Are There?
Poker promotions can include anything from special bonuses to holiday prizes, tournament entries, draws, poker points races etc.
Promotions will also include points and VIP schemes where points totted up for playing poker hands or games can be cashed in for a range of benefits.
Let's take a look at some of the most popular types of poker promotions....
Poker bonuses do also fall under the umbrella of promotions, clearly they're also designed to entice new depositors and reward existing players. But to my mind bonuses are a little different that promotions - a bonus offer tends to be longer term (you'll see the same bonus offered for many weeks or months even), whereas promotions tend to be shorter term in nature. They're available until the poker promotions team think up a new clever offer or the promo hits its closing date
Tournaments are popular with regular players, and of course you can get online and land based tournaments. Playing in poker tournaments is a brilliant way of getting lots of playing time for your money, often for small entry fees.
So because of this popularity, you'll find lots of promotions around poker tournaments. These can be free entry tickets, or tournaments where the prizes can give extremely valuable entries to major online or land tournaments.
These will normally kick off and end on specific dates, but you can enter at any time within those dates. Players earn points for how many hands played. The person with the most at the end gets the prize.
I'll end up this section with some links to other valuable sources of information on poker promotions. For a start, you can't beat some of the info you can get from the popular social networks - Facebook and Twitter. These links both take you to the respective poker promotions channels.
Just below you'll find some of the best promotions I've noted from leading poker rooms.
Hand picked, valuable offers from leading online poker rooms.
888 are one of the better known poker rooms and have been running for many years. Their current valuable poker promotional offer is centred around free cash. They call it the $88 Free Upon Registration Bonus.
Available in multiple countries, the promo kicks off with a totally free $8 upon registration, followed by....
888 $88 Free Upon Registration Bonus
888 are one of the well known poker rooms who have been around and serving up high quality poker games for many years.
This promotion is focused on giving you $88 free just to play poker games. It starts off with a free $8 in your account on registration, broken down into $2 worth of ring games cash and $6 of tournament tickets.
You'll then get 10 x $8 gifts as you collect 888 Status Points - released in the same $2/$6 split as for the initial offer - for every 250 points earned.
To me, this is a no lose offer. OK it's not vast riches, but for anyone starting out it does at least give free cash to get practicing.
Offer is valid to players from the following regions:
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, Greece, Netherlands, South Africa, Canada, Sweden, Norway, Lebanon, Japan, Kuwait, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Malta, Finland, Brazil, Russia, Slovenia, Singapore, Hungary, India and Poland.
The UK has its own separate promotional offer where new players get £12.