10 years now of online poker. never cost a cent. I have cashed about 3 thousand dollars worth of poker-site withdraw checks over the 10 year span. sad to say i have not made a withdraw in about 3 years, i guess my game is slipping . In the early day's there were many freerolls
to play and the players were less experienced. hundreds of forum sponsered & site sponsered freerolls made it easy to build a bankroll to play the cash games and if you were good & lucky enough, hit a lick at some site and then try to get some money. most of the times i made withdraw, i had to jump through a lotta hoop's. No poker-site wants to send a check to a non depositor. But after sending enough documentation, and some arm twisting , i was able to get about 6 to 8 checks over the years, some just a couple hundred, i think the largest was 600$ . I did make a 25$ minimum deposit at a poker-site, but that was when i already had a couple hundred i wanted to withdraw and no matter how much i twisted their arm i couldn't get them to give, so i made the deposit and then cashed out a couple weeks later.
I probably never will make a deposit at any on-line poker-site. The truth is I play for enjoyment, if i am not playing online poker, i am playing online Spade's, Euchre, Pinochle or Gin.