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Published on January 15th, 2013 | by Chris Austin

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Poker Freerolls Explained

Playing poker online in all forms has become immensely popular, and the Internet has facilitated a generation of gamblers and poker enthusiasts getting involved in competitive poker for the first time. As a consequence of the many and varied innovations brought about online, it is now common for freerolls to be on offer at the large, reputable poker rooms, and players everywhere are getting involved and building up their bankroll as they hone their skills. What, then, are poker freerolls, and how can you get a piece of the action?

“Freeroll” is a poker term for a tournament that’s free to enter, but pays out real money in the form of one or a series of cash prizes for placing. Generally, the jackpots run at $100 – $300, although there are some poker rooms offering even bigger prize pots for loyal customers. Freerolls might also offer merchandise goods and gifts for those placing in the tournament, providing the perfect sandbox environment for new players to learn the basics and develop their strategy before staking real money.

Poker freerolls are offered are most large casinos and poker rooms, and are something of a standard feature in the online gambling industry. That said, there is intense competition between various tournament organizers, which creates benefits for poker players looking to sign up. Sign up bonuses are a feature of poker rooms offering freerolls, and consideration of the applicable bonus amount you’re receiving should be a factor when you decide on the freeroll site you want to join.

Unlike virtual poker, freerolls give the player the chance to experience live, competitive poker, playing against real people who all have an incentive to win. While only a couple will win the prizes on offer, no player is risking any of his personal fortune, but freerolls still retain a competitive tournament dynamic. This is one of the key advantages, aside from the opportunity to earn real money, that freerolls offer new poker players over virtual or demo games.

By competing against real people who place value in their chips and bet according to what they’re prepared to lose, you create the perfect risk free environment in which to refine your playing style and start to brush up on the practical lessons you’ll quickly need to learn. Unlike virtual poker, where betting is often erratic and unreflective of true gameplay, freerolls are the perfect way for new poker players to start learning the ropes (and perhaps win a few pounds along the way.)



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