100% up to $600 + $1,000 in Monthly Tournaments
PokerStars.com is widely considered to be the best online poker room available anywhere, and its reputation is well deserved. PokerStars.com boasts of having very user-friendly software, which includes a hell of a lot of features such as a graphical hand history replayer and state-of-the-art account security options, wide variety of available poker variations in both cash games and tournaments, a very quick and simple PokerStars download, and an industry-first multi-deposit system. They also have superb customer service to satisfy your every inquiry accurately and promptly.
And as a direct consequence of having pretty much the best in all categories that count, PokerStars also has the biggest player base in the entirety of online poker. The mark of 200,000 players at the same time playing on the site is achieved every single day. To put this in perspective, Full Tilt Poker, the 2nd largest poker site in the world struggles to reach 100,000 players on its very best day of the week. All this translates to more action at all times on PokerStars, which is great news for every player.
Now all of this sounds good, right? But wait, it gets better! As a new player at PokerStars.com, as in you have never deposited real money into your account before, you are in for a treat, because PokerStars.com offers a 100% match bonus up to $600 for every new depositor! That's correct; just deposit up to $600 using the PokerStars bonus code "STARS600" and PokerStars will credit your bonus account with $600 for you to release. Don't forget to also enter the PokerStars marketing code flopturnriver. PokerStars.com is also offering its players the great opportunity to deposit the entire sum in multiple tries, in order to maximize the bonus if they do not happen to have the full $600 on hand. Players are able to do this in up to 3 deposits, while having 60 days to deposit the whole sum.
Poker bonus clearing is a really simple process. What you have to do is participate in real money games, and you will generate VIP Player Points (VPP) while you are at it. This is a 17x bonus, which means you have to earn 17 times the amount you deposited in VPPs in order to finish the poker bonus clearing. So, if for instance the amount in question is $300, you have to earn 17 x $300 = 5100 VPP to clear the bonus. If instead the amount deposited is the full $600, you will need 17 x $600 = 10,200 VPPs to clear the whole shebang. The bonus will be released into your account in $10 increments, meaning that for every 170 VPPs a chunk of the bonus will be released into your account. It bears mentioning that points earned in both tournaments and cash games count towards the sign up bonus, so no matter which you play you will be earning VPPs while doing it. You have 180 days to earn the required amount of VPPs before the bonus expires.
PokerStars bonus clearing speed is entirely dependent on the games played, and the stakes at which these games are played. Let's take for example that you decide to play 25NL cash games (which is not a good idea if you deposited only $600, but it's just an example), it will take you approximately 159,376 hands at Full Ring or about 110,870 hands at 6-Max to clear the whole bonus. Notice that these are the approximate maximums for playing only the one or the other, and if you mix and match Full Ring and 6-Max games, you will need lower amounts. Raise the stakes to, for instance, $50 No Limit and the amounts drop yet again, this time to an approximate of 77,273 hands for Full Ring and 56,667 hands for 6-Max.
You can also combine cash play with tournament play for faster PokerStars bonus clearing, or, if you so desire, only play tourneys. A total of 5.50 VPPs will be earned for every single dollar you pay in tourney fees. Assuming you play $15+$1 tourneys, a total of 10,200/5.5 = about 1,855 tourneys will have to be played to clear your bonus. Up the buy-in to $25+$2, and it would take half as many to clear it. As already explained, these are simply the extremes in any one category of games you could play; other combinations of game types and stakes will give you different results.
Of course, no player will only grind one type of game like that, so take these numbers with a grain of salt. But one thing should be clear to you, and that is that the higher you play the less volume you will need to clear the bonus, and the opposite is also true. One possible scenario in which a player may clear the whole bonus, is to play 50% $10+$1 SNGs, 25% 25NL FR and 25% 50NL 6-max. In that scenario, the approximate amounts are as follows: about 900 SNGs, about 36,000 hands 25NL FR and about 14,500 hands 50NL 6-max.
PokerStars.com is benchmark for all others to follow when it comes to online poker sites and poker bonus clearing. With this unbeatable and easily clear-able bonus, there just is no excuse why you are not playing there right now. Go ahead and register your new account, deposit some cash (make use of the multi deposit system to be able to maximize your PokerStars bonus), and start playing RIGHT NOW!