Posts Tagged ‘freeroll’

Freeroll Qualifier Belinda Roberts Living Her Dream At WSOP

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

I love stories about regular people who get to live their dreams, so when I heard about WSOP freeroll qualifier Belinda Roberts I couldn’t resist writing about her. Roberts, a 49-year old Australian woman that used to work as a casino dealer, has taken her place in the 2010 WSOP Main Event.

Roberts qualified for the World Series of Poker by playing in an exclusive VIP Champion Camp freeroll, held b PokerListings and 888. She earned a free spot in the WSOP Main Event, as well as a flight and accommodations from PokerListings and yesterday she took her seat at the Main Event to play alongside poker’s greatest players.

Roberts said, “I’ve been dreaming of sitting under these lights for so many years. I was actually planning on 2011 Aussie Millions and hopefully satellite into the Main Event.” Luckily she didn’t have to wait for Aussie Millions and was able to qualify from the online freeroll. Roberts says she has always been fascinated by poker. She has watched the WSOP and other televised poker events for years and now she gets to finally be a part of it.

When Roberts took her seat at the main event she was sporting an Australian bush hat with a fancy mosquito veil and was hard to miss. When asked about her hat she said, “It’s an Aussie thing to keep out all the flies. I suppose it’s something that identifies who I am and gives me the added bonus that you can’t see my face. It’s sort of a joke amongst my friends and family.”

Poker Freeroll Tournament Strategy

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

Poker freerolls are an exciting way to win great prizes and cash without risking a dime of your own money. An online freeroll tournament is an online poker tournament in which the entry fee has been waived, so players compete against one another risk-free for great prizes!

Because of the fact that freerolls are totally free poker tournaments most players will take a lot more risks. It is not uncommon for players to go all-in very early on in the tournament, betting on luck and hoping to ensure their spot in the next round. After all, going all-in and losing isn’t a big deal in a freeroll, as you haven’t actually invested any of your money to enter the tournament. Being very aggressive at the beginning of a freeroll is usually a good strategy. After all, if your aggressive playing is effective it can help you increase your chips and make your way to the top. If you are eliminated you don’t lose anything and there will always be another freeroll!

Some players choose to take the opposite approach when it comes to their freeroll poker strategy. These players play super tight-playing only good hands and slowly building their bankroll. This is the “slow and steady wins the race” strategy and can be effective. However, lucky aggressive players can easily bound ahead of the super tight freeroll players.

If you are planning to play in your first freeroll, don’t sweat the strategy. Try out one of these techniques and see how it works for you. Remember that you have nothing to lose, so you can build the freeroll strategy that’s right for you as you play in different freeroll tournaments.

Freerolls: The Free Poker Tournaments

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

One of the best ways that you can immerse yourself in the world of poker tournaments, especially when you are new to tournament style games, is by entering online poker freerolls. Freerolls are tournaments that you can enter for free, without paying an entry fee, but you can still win great prizes.

Freeroll tournaments are usually offered by online poker rooms as promotions in order to attract new players. In addition to welcome bonuses on first deposits, many online poker rooms give all new real money players the option to compete in a welcome freeroll tournament for cash and prizes. Poker rooms also offer special freerolls for VIPs, loyal players and other customers.

Why are freerolls so great? When you play in a freeroll you have the opportunity to get used to playing tournament style poker games without risking your own money. In non-freeroll tournaments you have to pay an entry fee and it can be scary paying money to play in a tournament if you have never competed in this way before. A freeroll is a great way to get used to tournament poker and who knows – you may even win!

If you decide you enjoy tournament style games after playing in a few freeroll tournaments you can start to enter real money poker tournaments. Start out with low limit tourneys and up your limits as you begin to win more and more. You can find freerolls at most online poker rooms.

An Overview of Poker Tournament Types

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

If you are considering getting into poker tournament play then you’ll find a number of different tournament types to choose from. It can be difficult to decide which tournament to sign up for unless you are aware of your options. Therefore, I put together this overview of poker tournament varieties so you can familiarize yourself with what’s out there.

Sit & Go tournaments are among the most popular poker tournaments. A Sit & Go tournament is not scheduled. Rather, the tournament begins as soon as the seats are filled. Sit & Go’s are found at virtually every online poker site and range in buy-in prices as well as the number of players. You can play in a heads-up Sit & Go game, or play in a tournament with hundreds of other players.

I’ve talked about satellite tournaments before. A satellite tournament is one in which the prize is not cash, but rather entrance into a larger and more prestigious tournament. Playing in satellites is a great way to gain entrance into tournaments you couldn’t afford to enter otherwise.

If you are new to tournament style play then a freeroll tournament is a great option. A freeroll is often offered as a promotion by poker rooms and is a tournament with a cash prize but no entry fee. Freerolls are a great way to practice tournament play without sacrificing your bankroll.

Other types of poker tournaments include rebuy tournaments, where you can buy back in during tournament play if you wipe out; and guaranteed tournaments that have guaranteed prizes, rather than a prize based on the number of players.