Online Poker Freeroll Information
If you register with enough online poker rooms, there is the opportunity to play in over 40 freerolls each hour. Some sites may require that you have made a deposit with them, other games may be limited to players of a certain nationality and many could be qualifiers for a larger tournament, but nonetheless, you could feasibly be playing poker all day, every day, for free.
Some of the rewards that you would get for playing are fairly lucrative too. Whereas many smaller networks will have competitions with a (say) $50 prize fund shared amongst the top twenty finishers, the leading sites offer much larger opportunities. Pokerstars and Full Tilt Poker have qualifiers running throughout the day for weekend freeroll finals that have $2.000 and $1.000 prize funds respectively. Both run country specific leagues with a daily cash freeroll, plus additional prizes at the conclusion of each month for the league leaders, and occasionally they also run freeroll competitions for tournaments which they have sponsored.
There is a comprehensive range of standards on display in these games, as you will find beginners honing their skills, freeloaders taking advantage of the potential to win some cash and value-hunters looking for a gateway into a buy-in competition. Consequently, there is a mixture of very loose, very tight and very competent play to be observed. Some players will be multi-tabling freerolls, and others hoping that the next game is the one that will bankroll their future poker careers.
The smaller freerolls are much easier to obtain prize money in, as the sites on which they are hosted generally contain players of a lower calibre and are not so well subscribed to. For new players, these are the best ones to enter, as they are free to compete in and offer valuable experience for when it comes to larger, cash tournaments.
With the odd exception, the games are provided by the poker rooms to attract players to their site. Only the highest valued ones are genuinely worth playing it terms of the time spent in front of your computer screen, and then you are likely to have seen off over 5000 players twice to win $300. Imagine how much you would have won if you had achieved that feat and staked $1 each time! In fact, the largest regular freeroll is the Pokerstars daily qualifier to their $90.000 guaranteed game, which is a $50 NL Texas Hold´em Game regularly attracting 2000 players. The qualifier only offers 7 seats to the final event and yet every day 40.000 aspirants register for this freeroll.
The key to using freerolls successfully is to avoid getting into an early battle with inexperienced players. Treat a freeroll as you would any other paid-for tournament, and keep it tight at the beginning, building up your aggressiveness during the competition. With skill, discipline and a little good fortune, you should regularly be qualifying for those weekly finals and take a little prize money out of each.