Basically poker signup bonuses are treated as extra money provided by online poker rooms to the new players when they sign up for poker room. These are the incentives for the players to deposit the amount for staying play in their site. Mostly the poker signup bonuses are the matching bonuses which are equal to same amount of money being deposited. Here you can know about, 100% up – $500, or else 30% up – $ 1000. Most of the poker rooms have certain cap limit to the bonus amount you receive.
There will not be any certain amount to play for the hands / tournaments so as to claim the poker sign-up bonus. Usually the poker rooms will have some form of point / reward system which is determined through game of play.
There is some set limit for each player while claiming the bonus. Normally the points are accumulated from raked hands / tournament entries. While raked hands are the hands you dealt with, during the cash games. Points are also provided through tournament buy-in fees such as 2 points for $5 tournament, 10 points over $50 buy-in.
The time to receive poker sign-up bonus depends on how long the player plays the game. It would normally vary like 2 -3 weeks to couple of months. You shall want to use the money being deposited, so as to reach the stipulated points needed for poker signup bonuses. Finally, try and stick for sit-n-gos, lower limit Holdem games for reaching your bonus.