No Purchase Bonus
A no purchase bonus credits a player at an online poker room with free playing credits. These credits can be put toward the full range of poker games available at the site at no financial risk to the player. The bonus is awarded without the player making any initial investment in the site in the form of an online poker deposit.
No purchase bonuses were devised to whet a player's appetite. The aim of the online poker site is to encourage the player to try out its range of poker products and enjoy the experience enough to sign up for membership at the site. Many of these bonuses award a specific number of chips per number of credits, for example, 100 chips in a poker game can be purchased with 200 casino credits.
These bonuses are now commonly offered at Microgaming, RTG and Playtech casinos, along with several others powered by the industry's most respected poker software providers. All a player needs to do to redeem a bonus is register with the site, providing details of his identity that prove he is legally of age to participate in online poker gambling. The poker room then credits the player's account with the no purchase bonus. Most casinos award between $10 to $100 in casino credits, however some may offer higher amounts periodically.
If a player wins cash while he or she is playing poker online using a no purchase bonus, they are more likely to deposit their own cash into the account and sign up as a paying member of the site. They are then eligible for the online poker room's regular range of bonuses and promotions and can still receive a further bonus upon making the first time deposit.