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Are Freerolls worth your Time?

Monday, November 12th, 2012

By far, one of the most popular concepts in poker is no doubt the freeroll tournament. You don’t have to pay anything to enter freerolls, and many poker players see these as a risk-free way to make money. But even if there’s not a buy-in for freerolls, you need to realize that you’re paying for these tourneys with time. That said, it’s important to ask yourself if certain freerolls are worth the cost of your time.

Prize Pool

The first thing to look at in this discussion involves the freeroll payout structure. In other words, does the prize money and amount of entrants make the tournament worthwhile? A $200 freeroll with 300 people entered is much better than a $50 free poker tournament where 2,000 players are registered. Expanding on the latter tourney, you have almost no chance to cash – regardless of skill – when the prize pool and number of players are considered.

Your Goals

As we just mentioned, you probably want to avoid freerolls where the prize pool is small, yet the field size is giant. However, you may not care if you simply enjoy playing poker no matter the outcome. But if you’re somebody who wants to earn money fast and move up the stakes, open-entry freerolls aren’t the best place to start out.

Finding the Best Freerolls

Much of what we’ve talked about up to this point involves open-entry freerolls (no entry requirements). But your goal should be to find restricted free tournaments because the field sizes will be much smaller. Your best chance of finding restricted freerolls is by either signing up through a certain affiliate/forum that offers these deals, or by attaining a specific VIP status.

Players of a certain VIP status must play real money tournaments/cash games to get here though, so keep this in mind. But if you are able to get into exclusive free tournaments, the prize pools are usually much bigger and there are less entrants too.

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.