BankDirect, the Internet division of Texas Capital Bank, is offering a $50 bonus to people who open checking accounts and activate direct deposit of their paychecks.

The promotion will run through September.

The three-month-old bank unit also introduced a checking account that pays 4.75% interest on daily balances of at least $10,000. Accounts with lesser balances get 3.25%. Accounts can be opened with as little as $100 and include free on-line banking services, bill payment, and automated teller machine access.

The promotion is an extension of the bank's "easy money" advertising campaign, said Rose Hultgren, president.

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