One of the nice things about the boom in online poker is that with various poker sites competing for your hard earned dollars, promotions and bonuses are plentiful. A deposit bonus in online poker is a certain amount of money that is added to your poker account when you use the bonus. When you deposit money into your account, there will be a field for you to input the bonus code.
Bonuses are generally a percentage of the amount you are depositing, although some can be a flat amount such as $25 or $50 when you deposit at least that much. In the past, some sites offered “sticky” bonuses, meaning the amount of the bonus could never be cashed out, only used for wagering purposes. These were, unsurprisingly, not that popular and this type of bonus is no longer seen very frequently. What most sites do offer is restricted bonuses. What this means is that the amount of the bonus is not released into your account until you have played a prescribed number of hands. The amount of hands vary depending on the site but it is usually no more than one would expect to play in a few sessions. An option on the site (usually clicking on “account info” or something of that nature) will tell you how many hands you have left to play before your bonus kicks in.