|Online Poker Free Roll Tournaments: The
Pros and What to Look For
If you've ever wanted to get in on some live online poker action, there's a
good chance you've been presented with the prospects of participating in a poker
free roll tournament. Especially if you're looking for something "free",
notwithstanding all the free bonus offers out there, a poker free roll is indeed
a great way to get in some poker action for the first time. Sounds good, right?
You're probably asking, "Where do I join and how do I sign up?".
That's the tricky part. Well, not really, but sort of. Everywhere you look,
you are bound to run into an online poker room advertising a poker free roll. In
fact, some of the most popular poker rooms on the internet host free roll
tournaments every day of the week. The catch is that poker free roll tournaments
are so popular (and rightly so), that they fill up in the blink of an eye. Since
there are no tournament entry fees to pay, players can't seem to get enough of
them. So, if you want to ride the boat, you better show up on time.
The best thing you can do is to be in the know about upcoming poker free
rolls at different poker rooms. If you are really serious about taking part in a
poker free roll, do your research ahead of time and open multiple accounts at
your favorite online poker rooms offering free rolls. Just to clarify, I don't
mean opening multiple accounts at a single poker room (this will get you in
trouble and freeze your funds). I mean opening accounts at multiple poker rooms.
You don't have to actively play in every room. Just keep the account open so
that when you do see a free roll tournament you want to join, you can do so
without delay. If two free rolls open up at the same time, and you already have
accounts open at these rooms, your chances to get in on either one of them is
Although poker free roll tournaments generally offer lower prize pools
(remember, they're free to join!) they are a great tool for beginner poker
player or for anyone new to online poker. The reason being is that poker
free rolls still invoke real world tournament action (since real money is still
on the line, albeit in lower amounts), as opposed to fun-money tournaments which
present the temptation to act in ways you normally wouldn't when gambling with
your own hard-earned money. Poker free roll tournaments offer a great taste for
things to come. Also, the more experienced, skilled players who have risen in
the ranks tend to compete for the larger jackpots, and therefore, usually stay
clear of poker free roll tournaments. In other words, the competition is more
As mentioned, the best way to join a free roll is to be on the lookout.
Joining a popular poker forum or checking a gambling news portal on a daily
basis is a smart move. Also, be on the lookout for new poker rooms joining
popular and reputable poker room networks and software providers. These rooms
will often throw free roll tournaments with more generous jackpots as a means of
generating some buzz with the online poker community. Take advantage of it. And
remember to have fun learn something along the way. Poker free rolls are a
stepping stone to higher stakes tournaments with tougher competition.