Understand and Compare “No Deposit” Bonuses in NJ Online Poker

Every New Jersey online poker room offers you free money to try out the site. Use this guide to pick where to play.


A “no deposit” bonus is just how it sounds—an online poker room will give you free money to play on the site without the need to make a real money deposit.

This money is credited to your real money account, and it’s ready for you to use to play cash games, tournaments and sit and gos. Sometimes there are some stipulations about what games you can play, and there may be a small wagering requirement before you can withdraw the free money.

Offers at a Glance

Site Free Cash Playthrough
Borgata $20 $10 instant, the other $10 has 2x playthrough
WSOP NJ $10 Almost none (earn 1 VIP point)
888 NJ $10 ($4 cash $6 tourney) 1x on tournaments (tickets)
partypoker NJ $15 (+$10 casino) 8x playthrough

Borgata: The most generous offer in New Jersey

Borgata’s bonus is the definitely the best out there – $10 free, and $10 bonus with a small playthrough.

Once you sign up to Borgata, you’ll get $10 credited to your account to play on any poker games. This bonus will be available to withdraw once you earn just 1 reward point—the equivalent of paying just 50c in rake. You’ll do this from playing just a few cash game hands or entering a tournament or two.

The other $10 is in the form of a poker bonus—you need to earn 40 iRPs (that is, pay $20 in rake) for the bonus to be “released” into your main account. Once released, it is your money to play with or cash out.

Smart players will use that first $10 and try to rake $20, thus releasing the full amount without having to make a real money deposit. But if you do bust the $10, make a small deposit to finish the bonus requirement.

Sign up to Borgata and claim your free $20

WSOP NJ: $10 Free with No Strings Attached

Get a free $10 to try out the site

The WSOP bonus couldn’t be more straight forward. Just sign up and verify your account, and wait for up to 72 hours to get credited with a free $10.

The money is yours to play with—they just ask you to earn one rewards point (APP)—that is, pay just 50c in rake—before you cash out your bankroll.

Another extra with WSOP is you get 7 tickets to “Welcome Week” freerolls. They are only valid for seven days, so make sure you use one up every night. The tournament starts at 7pm with $100 in prizes, the top 20% cash. These are in addition to regular daily freerolls, so during your first week you can practice your 2-tabling skills for free.

Get all the details about the freerolls

Get all the details about the free $10

888 NJ: Free cash money plus bonus tournament tickets

$4 “No strings attached” cash and $6 in tournament tickets.

The 888 no deposit bonus is a bit different from the others—you get $10 free, but in the form of $4 cash and $6 in tournament tickets.

To get the free cash, download and register, then wait for a welcome email which will include a link to claim your free $10. Once you click the link the money should be immediately credited to your bank roll.

The money comes in the form of $4 in free instant cash, which you can use to play in any free money cash game or tournament, plus 6 $1 tickets which you can use to enter Sit N’ Gos (SNGs) and Multi-Table Tournaments (MTTs).

partypoker NJ: Big Bonus, but with a high playthrough.

The advertised amount of $25 free cash makes the partypoker bonus very tempting, and don’t get us wrong—it is a good deal. But there’s a couple of catches to watch out for.

First up, only $10 can be used in cash games, $5 in tournaments, and the remaining $15 is for casino games. That’s fine, as $15 is above average for free money in New Jersey, but it’s just something to watch out for.

The other catch is the wagering requirement: You need to wager 8 times the bonus amount to be able to withdraw the money. That’s pretty steep—it means it only works out at 12.5% rakeback, much lower than the deposit match bonus.

Still, it is free money—you’ll be completing that wagering requirement using party’s own money. And when you combine it with the deposit match bonus up to $1000—the biggest in New Jersey—its a nice little extra perk.

Sign up and try partypoker for free

December 11, 2014