Traditionally, newer sites tend to have the best promotions in an attempt to make an immediate impact on the market in order to become viable. Once a critical mass is reached these sites tend to wind back their promotions a little to increase profitability. With the introduction of a host of relatively new poker sites, the poker bonus industry is flourishing at the moment. Some of these poker sites have had a spectacular introduction into the poker scene and are well worth playing.
Titan Poker is a relative new comer who is currently offering a 50% first time deposit bonus up to $200. At one stage the site was offering a 100% bonus up to $600, however, the current bonus still offers tremendous value. What's more this site has some healthy numbers are some pretty good games. Titan Poker is also aligned with the World Poker Tour (WPT) so you can win entry into some WPT events by playing at Titan Poker.
Everest Poker has gone about offering their promotions in a slightly different way. The site has gone for a mixture of deposit bonuses and freerolls. Each new real money players earns a $100 bonus for any first time deposit amount (which is really good value). In addition, the site offers what I consider to be the best daily freerolls on the net. In fact, these freerolls are such good value that many players are earning considerable amounts of real money without ever playing a real money hand. You can also win entry into large scale bricks and mortar tournaments. Everest Poker is aligned with the World Poker Tour (WPT) and European Poker Tour (EPT).
Full Tilt Poker have gone all out on a the first time deposit bonus. The site is currently offering a massive 100% bonus up to $600. Most new players to poker usually lose a little bit, then get a bit wiser, and hit the tables again. With a $600 deposit bonus you have the luxury of learning a lot about the game, in the micro limits, under real money conditions with the knowledge that you have a $600 backup. The micro limits at this site are also very good games.
Of the well established sites, Party Poker still offers the best bonuses in my opinion. You get a 20% initial deposit bonus up to $100 (deposit $500 get $100 free). In addition the site offers monthly re-load bonuses usually under similar terms and conditions to the original first time deposit bonus. Over a 12 month period you could potentially earn $1300 in bonuses.
My advice is this, if you are newish to online poker, or have not tried one of the sites above, make use of the bonuses and promotions that are on offer. Also, why just try one? Each site has different attributes that you might find appealing. By taking advantage of what is on offer you can make a bit of money and experience what is on offer in the online poker industry.