Do Any US Poker Sites Offer Instant Bankrolls?
While the limited amount of US-facing poker sites does somewhat restrict your choices when it comes to finding rooms that offer no deposit bankrolls, that only means you have fewer choices - not none at all. In fact, instant bankrolls are currently available at just about half of the major rooms that accept US customers. Refer to our list above for the most up-to-date information on US poker rooms with instant bankroll offers.
Remember, instant bankroll deals at US poker sites are for new players only. If you have already made an account at a room, then you do not qualify for the bankroll offer at that room. Save yourself (and the room) some time and don't apply for bankroll deals at rooms where you already have an account.
Can I Cash Out My Instant Bankroll or Winnings?
The policy varies from bankroll to bankroll, but generally it works like this: You can cash out both the bankroll and your winnings once you meet some minimum threshold of play. These requirements are in place to prevent abuse; if such conditions didn't exist, you can be sure that a good number of players would simply claim the bankroll and cash it out without ever playing a hand. To prevent that sort of behavior, which would bankrupt a room pretty quickly if allowed, US poker sites attach certain strings attached regarding how much you can cash out and when you can request withdrawals.
If you play a fair amount, these conditions will be very easy for you to meet. For those who play more casually or at very low stakes, the typical conditions attached to an instant bankroll can take a few weeks, or even a few months, to complete. Fortunately, you don't need to really guess on this point - just review the terms of the bankroll and you'll be able to easily estimate how long it will take you to complete the requirements for withdrawal.
Are Free Bankrolls a Scam? Why Would Any Poker Room Give Away Money?
Most people are pretty conditioned to believe that there's no such thing as a free lunch, but the economics behind instant bankrolls simply make sense for the typical online poker site. Remember, it's impossible for an online poker site to acquire players for free - they'll spend hefty sums on advertising online or on television, and perhaps even millions lining up a celebrity endorsement, all in an effort to attract players. The problem with all of that is it becomes quite difficult to know exactly what efforts are responsible for what results.
Free bankrolls are essentially an ad that the company "buys" when they give you the bankroll. Instead of trying to reach you through a banner ad or television commercial, the room simply eliminates that cost and gives you the money (or some of the money) that they would have spent on such efforts.
On top of the appeal of direct contact with a customer, instant bankrolls give rooms a way to answer one of the most vexing questions in the online poker industry: How to motivate customers to make their first deposit. Once a customer has tried a room and feels comfortable with the software and games - thanks to the fairly minor investment of the free bankroll offer - he or she is far more likely to make an initial deposit than an identical customer with no direct experience playing for real money at the room.