This is the bankroll building guide for all US players. If you are not in the US you can still take advantage of this guide, but we will be launching a new guide for international players soon which will include these and more great deals. Please also note that some previously available options to US players are no longer open, such as the Prima network and skins such as Golden Tiger.

Note: This article hasn’t been updated in awhile. In April 2014 however we updated our other bankroll building guide, with some great no deposit bonuses for casinos. Click here for that.

Remember, the key to bankroll building is patience. You can do this quickly, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to be patient. Play within the bankroll rules:

Strive to have at least 20 buy ins for your stake in No Limit Poker and 300 Big Bets for Limit Poker. You can get away with 15 (or even 10 if you want to take risks) buy ins or 200 big bets, but why do you want to increase your chances of going bust? Once the bankroll is gone, your initial investment and all of your hard work is GONE. You won’t be able to clear those bonuses to get it back either, so you will have to build using harder bonuses.

Don’t set unreasonable goals. If you are playing to clear $1,000 in bonuses in two weeks, you will put added stress on yourself. You can clear the top bonuses quickly, but don’t rush it! Play at the same rate you normally would or you risk playing too many tables and too many hands and making more mistakes.

Most importantly, don’t move up to re-coup your losses. It is ok to play a stake above your safe zone if you are comfortable and see a juicy table. It is not ok to do so while you are desperate.

US Bankroll Building Guide

Pokerari: 100% to $100
Pokerari’s bonus is great for new players, not just US players. It clears at the rate of 80% rakeback, so even at the microstakes you will be able to clear most of, if not all of the bonus even at No Limit $10. For more information, visit Pokerari.

True Poker: 100% to $200, 30% rakeback
True Poker’s bonus clears more slowly than in the past, but for a bankroll of this size it is a quality bonus while playing 2/4 or even 1/2. We are able to offer 30% rakeback at True Poker too, which makes it all the sweeter. For more information, visit True Poker Rakeback.

Bodog: 110% to $550
Bodog’s new bonus is a good deal for a player building a bankroll. The 10% portion of the bonus which is paid into your account on sign up requires only 3 points per dollar, however it will require a 500 dollar bankroll to take full advantage of it, meaning it is best done after Golden Tiger. The 100% portion of the bonus is entirely optional, and less attractive, but still worth pursuing. To read more about this bonus or to take advantage of it, visit Bodog Poker.

Red Cherry Poker: 300% to $500
Red Cherry Poker’s bonus clears at the same rate as Pokerari. It is much larger, so you may ask “Why not do this first?” Well, it is much harder to clear a larger bonus at micro stakes. So if you clear this bonus later on, you will be able to play No Limit $50 or even $100 or .5/1 or 1/2 Limit and clear this bonus with ease. Visit Red Cherry Poker.

Pokerstars: 100% to $600
Pokerstars has changed their bonus. They now offer a 100% to $600 bonus to compete with poker rooms like Full Tilt Poker. This is best to clear if playing $1/$2 and above. Visit Pokerstars.

Cool Hand Poker Microgaming 100% to $350 10
Golden Tiger Poker Microgaming 50% to $200 9.8
PayNoRake Poker Tiger Gaming 100% Rakeback 9.2
True Poker True Network 100% to $200 8.6
Red Cherry Poker Everleaf 300% to $500 8.5