Everyone who plays at online casinos have heard about bonus codes, but very few people take full advantage of them.  Once you learn the secret to using casino bonus codes correctly, your winnings will be virtually unlimited!

Video Poker and Bonus Codes

In general, the “catch” with bonus codes is what is called the “required playthrough”.  The required playthrough is the number of times you must bet the full amount of the bonus before you can withdraw any of it out of your casino account.  Therefor, the trick to get through the playthrough requirement quickly is to bet the most money possible as quickly as possible.

Video poker boasts some of the best odds of any casino game you can play.  This makes video poker a fantastic choice as a game to use to get through the playthrough requirements with minimum risk.

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Video Poker Bonus Code Tips

Use the following tips to get the most out of online casino bonus codes while playing video poker:

  • Find video poker specific bonus codes. A lot of times, casinos will have a promotion especially for video poker.  For example, Silver Oak casino has a special video poker bonus code that has a low playthrough requirement of 30x when used with video poker.
  • Play the machines with the best odds. Since the goal is to play the bonus code money on machines with the lowest risk, use this list of video poker odds to find the machines with the best odds.  Stick to these machines and you will keep as much of the bonus code cash as possible.
  • Play multiple hands. When trying to work my way through the playthrough requirement of a bonus code, I always play 100 hands at a time.  Using this strategy, when you receive a good starting hand, your winnings will be mulitplied by 100.  Also, even when you receive a bad starting hand, some of the 100 draws are bound to be winners.  Using this strategy, you are able to multiply your winnings with good hands while hedging your losses when you receive bad hands.
  • Keep track of your playthrough status. When you start working your way playing through a bonus code’s requirements, start a log of how much you bet each time.  This way, you will know exactly when you have fulfilled the playthrough requirement and can cash out.


Start using these bonus code strategies when playing video poker and multiply your winnings!  What other strategies do you use with bonus codes?  Let me know in the comment section below!

Jeff White

Jeff has been an active gambler from the age of 18 when he won a small local poker tournament in San Jose, CA. He moved on to playing other casino games shortly thereafter, with a great interest in the statistics and mathematics involved. He has studied the historical gambling systems of nearly every popular casino game played today, and has written strategy books for several of them including blackjack, slot machines, craps, and roulette. Jeff has been a daily contributor to the Silver Oak Casino blog since the beginning of 2009.