March 14th, 2013 by Ben F.
The top online poker sites in 2013 generally offer the best bonuses. The size of a poker room bonus is not the most important thing to consider. Like the girls say – not to me though – it is not the size that counts, it is what you do with it. Like I said though, no woman has ever had cause to say that to me though. When you see a 500% bonus up to $5,000 you may think that it is an amazing bonus when in truth it is a marketing tactic used by failing poker sites. Carbon Poker proves the point. They have a new 200% bonus up to $5,000 but it is more of a desperate gamble than anything else. They have been on a downward spiral for many months and they are using gimmicks to attract new players. How many online poker players will deposit $2,500, before they have even played at a room? Even if you claim the full $5,000 bonus you will be lucky to actually receive 25% of it before it expires, even if you multi-table at the mid-high stakes for 5+ hours per day. The average recreational player will be lucky to claim 10% of the bonus.
Pokerstars has been the largest Internet poker room for many years and during the majority of their reign they offered a $50 bonus, maximum. That shows that poker bonuses need not be large in order to be popular. Pokerstars has since started offering a larger bonus. The top poker site bonuses in 2013 all share the following qualities:
There are two poker room bonuses that meet these requirements. One is of course Pokerstars and the other one is listed in our “Top U.S. poker sites in 2013” article. I will outline these deposit bonuses below.
Poker Stars does not have the easiest bonus claiming process. You need to use one of our links, enter in our marketing code and enter in our bonus code to claim their bonuses. I say “bonuses” instead of “bonus” because there are three of them. You can claim three 100% match bonuses with a total cap of $600. They can add together to equal up to $600, so three $200 deposits will result in the full bonus. You may want to only claim two of the 100% bonuses though. We have another Pokerstars bonus code in May 2013 that provides users with $20 free. This is given to you right away so if you deposit $20 you can play in a $40 tournament or sit with $40 at a poker table. We are also giving away passes to the 4X/day $100,000 new depositor tournaments. You can play in these for a full month.
You are probably very confused right now. How can you claim a free $20, MTT tickets and two 100% match bonuses? Pokerstars.com allows you to claim something on your first, second and third deposit. They are the only online poker room that does this. Sadly, Pokerstars does not accept Americans.
Pokerstars bonus options:
You can use a bonus code on each of your first three deposits. The 100% bonuses stack together to most people use the FREE20 bonus code first and the STARS600 bonus code on their next two deposits. An example would be:
Bovada Poker is our top US poker room in 2013 and they also have the best bonus. The amazing bonus is not the reason why they are our best US poker site. They are the best because they have the highest traffic, best reputation, top service and fastest US poker room payouts. The great bonus helps and the fact that they are the top US sports book, casino and horse betting site in 2013 also helps. You can claim up to $1,750 in free money at Bovada and $1,000 of that is poker room. New players who have used our link to visit Bovada.lv in 2013 will claim the following bonus:
The Bovada bonus is issued in set intervals that start off small and increase. Here are the directions for claiming this bonus:
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