If you play online poker you really should check out Bet365, which is part of the iPoker Network. Bet365 Poker is one of the flagship sites of the iPoker network for a number of reasons, and this week the iGaming giant is once again demonstrating why they are at the top of the online gaming market.

In this installment of Inside Bet365 Poker I’ll take an in-depth look at the 200% up to $1,000 deposit bonus available to all new players at the site, report on the latest $200k guarantee Sunday Special tournament that took place this past weekend, and finish up with our weekly look at the Bet365 Social Media Buzz and dose of trivia in our recurring Did You Know segment.

What’s Happening at Bet365 Poker?

Claim your 200% up to $1,000 deposit bonus at Bet365

Bet365 Poker is still offering new players the chance to cash-in with one of the best first-time deposit bonuses in online poker, a 200% match of your first deposit at Bet365 up to $1,000. So for every $1 you deposit on the site Bet365 Poker will match that with $2 of bonus money.

To clear your bonus money at Bet365 you’ll need to accrue Merit Points. For every 1,000 Merit Points you accumulate Bet365 Poker will release $10 of your bonus money, which goes directly into your poker account and can be used any way you see fit.

1,000 Merit Points may seem like a lot, but at Bet365 you receive 15 Merit Points for every $1 in rake you generate (most sites use a 1/1 ratio) so it will only take mid-stakes player about 50-75 hands to clear $10 of bonus money. A multi-tabling grinder could easily clear the entire $1,000 bonus in a couple weeks.

DerekBoogaard wins the $200k Sunday Special

This past weekend’s Sunday Special saw the field size eclipse the 900 player mark (903 to be exact) but that number is still well short of the 1,000 players needed to reach the $200k guarantee Bet365 and the iPoker Network place on their flagship weekly tournament.

This time around it was iPoker regular “DerekBoogaard” who claimed the top spot, collecting the $34,520 first-place prize-money, which was by far the biggest score of his online poker career.

Here is a look at the final table payouts from this week’s Sunday Special:

  1. DerekBoogaard — $34,520.00

  2. EdSheeranFanOBV — $25,000.00

  3. Fishingadd — $19,000.00

  4. p0000cket0000 — $13,920.00

  5. Fra220623 — $9,900.00

  6. ImGodPlsMuck — $7,900.00

  7. kristinlee33 — $5,900.00

  8. pokerjoe4845 — $3,900.00

  9. StupidPRO — $2,200.00

  10. sea12345 — $1,780.00

The Bet365 Poker Social Media Buzz

Bet365 Tweet of the Week

Bet365’s Twitter account is once again running fun contests as you can see by the above tweet. In all, Bet365 posted three different pictures featuring the #Bet365Flashback hash-tag; however, there is no word yet on what the winners will receive.

If you’re not following the Bet365 Twitter there is no reason not to. Not only will you get the latest news and promotions from Bet365 (the Bet365 Twitter account is very, very active) but you’ll also occasionally stumble upon contests like the one listed above.

Did You Know…

… Bet365’s Casino just got even more exciting with a slew of new slot options?

I know, most poker players “claim” they don’t play casino games –especially slots—but we all know you do! So we figured that you might like to know that with the recent addition of a full slate of Williams Interactive slot machines the Bet365 Casino now has some of the top-branded games in the industry.

As Bet365?s managing director Steve Ibberson said, “We’re thrilled to offer our players the exciting, unique games experiences from the Williams Interactive catalogue of authentic Vegas-style slot content. Their one-of-a-kind game engines and instantly recognisable game brands are the perfect enhancement to the premium wagering options currently available to our players. Access to online versions of some of the most popular land-based casino games in the world is the type of premium gaming experience players have come to expect from bet365. We look forward to their response to these exciting new additions from Willi