Is signup bonus just signup bogus?
So my newbie ass signed up for Full Tilt a couple of weeks ago. Good deal, since they give me a 100% signup bonus.
After a couple of days of entertaining my new hobby, my account is down from the initial $100 to about $85 (yes, I lost!). At this point I receive message that they have "released" $10 or $20 of my startup bonus. A week or two later, while being below the initial $100, I get a similar release.
For the past couple of weeks I have started winning quite a bit, and my account is now well above where it started. I have not seen a "bonus release" in a long time.
So here is the question(s):
1. Are the signup bonuses only released when a player is losing?
2. Why can't I find information about how the signup bonus worsk on the full tilt website?
3. Do other poker sites
release the bonus in a similar bogus manner?
4. If the answer to 1 is 'yes, is there a trick I can use? Like transferring money to all my girlfriends so as to reduce my account triggering a release of bonus and have them pay me back later (yea, right)?