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This poker bonuses for 2014 page is for players looking to find the most profitable rooms to play at by working out just how good their bonus offers really are -- big bonuses aren't always the best.

The bonusback column shows how much of your rake you receive back to your account whilst clearing the bonus.

Best poker room bonuses 2014.

Rank Room Network Mac Bonus Match Bonusback Get Bonus
1
Betsafe Poker Logo
Betsafe Poker OnGame Yes $1,000 100% 45% Get Bonus
2
PokerStars Logo
PokerStars - Yes $600 100% 28% Get Bonus
3
Party Poker Logo
Party Poker - Yes $500 100% 25% Get Bonus
4
888 Poker Logo
888 Poker - Yes $400 100% 20% Get Bonus
5
Americas Cardroom Logo
Americas Cardroom WPN No $1,000 100% 20% Get Bonus
6
Bet365 Poker Logo
Bet365 Poker iPoker No €1,000 200% 15% Get Bonus
7
Poker Heaven Logo
Poker Heaven IPN Yes €1,000 200% 13% Get Bonus
8
Aced Poker Logo
Aced Poker Merge Yes $5,000 200% 7% Get Bonus

What is "bonusback"?

Poker bonuses are never totally free. You always end up paying more through rake to redeem the bonuses than you actually get back. It's not a bad thing, that's just how they work. However, some bonuses are more friendly than others when it comes to their redeem requirements.

The bonusback % is the amount of the rake you have paid that you get back through bonus money.

Therefore, the higher the "bonusback" percentage, the better the bonus is for your bankroll.

How to use the poker bonuses table.

So what is bonusback again?

Bonusback is what I call the percentage of rake you save through bonus money. I guess you could call it "rebate", but it's not cutting-edge and unique like "bonusback".

For example, at PokerStars you will end up paying around $2,182 in rake to receive the full $600 bonus amount. Therefore you are effectively saving 27.5% in rake (bonusback) through bonus money. Does that make sense?

How is bonusback calculated?

To work out bonusback, I use:

  • The points you earn per $1 paid in tournament fees.
  • The amount of points needed to get the full bonus.

I get this information from the VIP and bonuses sections of the poker rooms' websites. I use tournament fees as a measure of rake paid as it helps to make the calculations as straightforward as possible, but it should translate pretty accurately even if you only play cash games (or a mix of both).

This allows me to work out a fairly accurate estimate of how much rake you pay to get the full bonus amount. I can then work out the percentage of "bonusback".

What is bonus whoring?

Bonus whoring is where you sign up at a poker room, play until you redeem the bonus and then move on to the next room.

The advantage of bonus whoring is that you earn/save more money through the bonuses you collect than if you play online poker without redeeming any bonuses whilst you play.

Is it worth bonus whoring?

Bonus whoring will help you to increase the amount of money that you add to your bankroll.

The downside to bonus whoring is that it takes effort to shift your bankroll around and get used to the software/players at different rooms. I personally find it a little more effort than it is worth, but many players can happily move from room to another to collect bonuses.

Whether or not you bonus whore is completely up to you. If you're happy to put the effort in to hunt down the best bonuses and move your bankroll around, go for it.

Do poker rooms mind bonus whores?

I'm sure they'd prefer it if you stuck around and played for longer after the bonus period. But I've never heard of any players having their bonus money confiscated, or being prevented from withdrawing their full balance after redeeming a deposit bonus.

At the end of the day, the poker rooms have these bonus release requirements to ensure that they still make a slight profit from all the rake you pay, even after giving you all that bonus money

I wouldn't worry that a poker room isn't going to be friends with you after taking advantage of their bonus -- they're going to want leave the door open for you to come back.

Want to find out more about these poker bonuses?

If you want more information on any of these best 2014 poker bonuses, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Alternatively, check out my guide to the easiest online poker bonuses. This page contains more helpful bonus clearing information like; how long you have to clear each bonus, and the increments that the bonuses are paid out in.

If there is anything I haven't been clear about when it comes to these new player poker bonuses, I am more than happy to try my best to explain things further for you.

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