» Mobile Poker Bonus

Compare the poker bonuses currently available from the online poker sites with mobile apps. Most free mobile poker bonuses are the same as those available through your PC poker software – only one operator is offering a special poker bonus for mobile phone owners.

Here are the poker apps with best combinations of quality games, phone compatibility and big welcome bonuses:

No. Poker App Type Bonus Clearance
1 888 Mobile Poker Real money 100% free up to $400
2 mFortune Poker Web App £5 No Deposit + 100% on 1st deposit 1 x deposit + bonus
3 Bet365 Mobile Poker Real money 200% free up to $1000
4 RedKings Mobile Download Choice of $250 - $1000. Use code HEARTS250 to get $250 value for money bonus. 3.3 x
5 PokerStars App Download 100% with STARS600 code 3 x bonus (approx.)
6 Switch Poker Web App + Download (Android only) NEW: 100% with 20TO600 code + 50 euros per friend referral 4 x bonus
7 Terminal Poker Web App 200% on first deposits with CCGNEW poker bonus code Approx. 2.5 x rake contribution

Notes:

  • mFortune is the only one of the smartphone apps that currently offers a mobile poker no deposit bonus.
  • You need to enter poker bonus codes to qualify for some sites’ offers.
  • A low play through requirement is better than a high one since it means you will have to contribute less money to rake in order to receive your free mobile poker money. See below.

Compare more mobile poker apps and find links to full poker app reviews on our homepage.

Mobile Poker No Deposit

As with casino games in general there are three ways that you can play mobile poker without depositing:

  1. By playing the tables in fun mode
  2. Freeroll poker games on mobile
  3. Free bonus poker money

Now the first one is not much different to playing free mobile poker games like Zynga – you can’t win any real cash, just kudos from other players. The second and third options may mean that you can win real money playing poker no deposit required but this will depend on each operator’s terms and conditions.

Also, it is very rare to find a poker site that will let you enter freeroll tournaments without first spending some of your own money. Add to that the fact that only mobile poker tournaments are only offered by one operator so far (Pokerstars) and you can forget about mobile poker no deposit freerolls for the time being.

Play Through Requirements

Most poker bonuses, for mobile, tablet or PC, are not awarded all in one chunk, you need to earn your free poker money by contributing to rake. This is known as clearing a poker bonus. To find out how this works means digging around in poker sites’ terms and conditions or FAQ sections to find the relevant information (or just see our reviews and simple mobile poker bonus comparison table above).

The way we have calculated the poker bonus play through requirements shown is relative to the contribution you make to rake as you play.

Example:

(How to clear a poker bonus…)

You download poker app X and deposit £80 with a promise of a 100% mobile poker free bonus – an extra £80 to spend. The app’s bonus terms state that the bonus will be ‘released’ in £20 stages, each time you earn 500 poker loyalty points (PLPs). So now you need to look for details of how to earn PLPs.

You can often find this information in the FAQ section of mobile poker websites. PLPs are usually earned as a proportion of your contribution to rake (the cut that online poker operators take from players’ bets). In our example, let’s say that you earn 10 points for every £1 rake contribution. As a result, you will need to contribute £50 in order to get each £20 bonus.

This equates to a 2.5 times (2.5x) play through requirement since £50 = 2.5 x £20.

The lower this number is the better. Typically, you will earn different amounts of PLPs depending on the stakes you play or the entry price of the tournaments you enter, since contributions to rake also vary depending on the games you play. However, a common rake percentage is 5%.

Therefore, in order to contribute £50 to rake and get our imaginary £20 mobile poker bonus you will need to spend £2,000 on mobile poker ring games.

In summary, to find out how to clear a poker bonus (and whether it is good value for money) you need the following information:

  • New player bonus percentage (usually either 100% or 200%)
  • The number of loyalty points you need to earn in order to get each bonus installment
  • The amount you need to contribute to rake in order to earn points
  • The percentage contribution to rake you make in cash stakes / sit & go entrance fees

Bonus Codes

Finally, it is important to be aware of the the registration bonus codes you may need to enter when you download a mobile poker app, if you want to get your free bonus. It would be a shame to get all excited about receiving some free mobile poker money only to find that you’ve missed your chance because you forgot to enter the bonus code at the beginning.

However, this is pretty difficult to do – most poker operators make it nice and easy for you to enter the bonus codes, although they do change from time to time…

Last modified: April 14, 2014