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Online poker players are often on the lookout for new deposit bonuses available and some may have overlooked the positive changes made in the Opening Bonus available at Bet365.


The Opening Bonus was modified at the start of 2015 and became more achievable to players. Those who make an initial deposit or transfer can expect  €5 free in addition to 100% up to €100.

The free €5 in cash is designed for players in the UK, Ireland, Spain and Sweden to wager on the poker tables, while those located elsewhere in the world will receive the €5 free distributed as tournament tokens. Whatever your country of origin, it’s a €5 bonus that can be used to earn more money while playing poker.

Recreational Players Welcome

Bet365 prides itself on being a fun and safe online poker site for recreational players and the Opening Bonus is intended more for such casual players. The 100% matching bonus amount is fixed at a minimum deposit of €10 and a maximum of €100.

Sixty days are permitted to achieve the Opening Bonus regardless of the amount deposited. The bonus is cleared incrementally by earning Merit Points, which are obtained by playing real-money poker – either cash games or tournaments – at Bet365.

Fifteen Merit Points are earned for each and every £1 or €1 taken either in rake or tournament fees. Each player’s bonus will be credited to their account, with the first such bonus of €1 released after earning 50 Merit Points. The next incremental bonus payout (€4) arrives after another 300 Merit Points are earned.

From that point forward, every 450 Merit Points accrued is worth a €5 bonus until the matching amount or the 60-day expiration period is reached. Once again, this bonus underwent a new structure in January and Bet365 reports “some really positive results” after making the adjustment.

New Depositor Freeroll

Players taking advantage of the Opening Bonus will also receive a tournament token good for one free entry to a €100 New Depositor Freeroll. That event takes place each Wednesday at 19:30 GMT where additional bonus money can be earned by finishing in-the-money.

Only the minimum deposit or transfer of €10 is required to be credited with the tournament token. The event is comprised of new Bet365 players, many of whom are beginners or newbies to the game of poker.

20 Free Tournament Tokens

One more benefit granted to first-time depositors is the issuance of 20 tournament tokens to enter daily Road To €100,000 Big Sunday freerolls. The winner of each freeroll gets a free seat in the €100,000 Big Sunday, while the next 25 players who finish behind the winner receive a second chance by playing in another satellite that guarantees 10 more seats.

Click here to get in on the action and a chance to play for your share of a risk-free €100,000.

The Road To €100,000 Big Sunday freerolls are held five times every day. The €100,000 Big Sunday commences at 18:00 GMT every Sunday, with that massive €100,000 prize pool guaranteed.

Charles Rettmuller

Charles has been an avid poker player for a number of years, both live and online. He holds a degree in journalism and previously worked as a reporter for a Chicago-based newspaper. Charles joined the PokerUpdate team in early 2012 and writes daily news articles for the site.