There are various reasons not to want to play for cash. Some may feel they aren't ready for it yet in terms of playing skills, while others may be faced with legal issues. But just because you do not want to make a deposit, doesn't mean you won't be able to win anything. Playing poker for free, while still being able to compete for real prices? It may sound to good to be true, but it really isn't. Online poker rooms offer a number of ways of playing poker for free, and some of them enable you to win real cash, without necessarily even making a deposit. On this page we have listed the possibilities for you.
Free Poker Tournaments
Most internet poker rooms host tournaments that are free to enter, but feature real prices. These freeroll
tournaments are a perfect way for those new to online poker to try their hand at the game and get a taste of the excitement that poker offers. They are also a great way to hone your tournament playing skills and to get a bankroll started.
We have compiled a detailed freeroll schedule. Our top 10 picks alone,
feature a combined price pool of more than $25.000
a week. That money is there for the taking each and every week. Not bad for tourneys that are completely free, and don't even require you to make a deposit.
• Free Poker Tournaments
Playing at the Play Money Tables
Not all countries allow their citizens to take part in online gambling. Luckily, no poker room obliges you to play for real money. All of them provide a selection of play money tables for those that are unwilling or unable to play for hard cash. Play at these tables is strictly for fun. The big drawback of playing at play money tables is that people tend to approach the game less seriously. One of the largest poker communities can be found at Party Poker. If you are looking for a smaller but more friendly place to start, check out Carbon Poker, which has the the added benefit of a forum on which you can discuss your experiences with other players.
• Party Poker
• Carbon Poker
Free Entry to International Tournaments
Want to win the World Series of Poker or some other famous professional poker events, without ever paying a cent for your entry into the tournament? It could happen. Online poker rooms often organise free satellite tournaments that could see you win qualification for big real world poker events like the World Series of Poker, the World Poker Tour or the European Poker Tour. Below we have listed which pokerrooms are currently running free satellite tournaments for which event. Keep in mind though, that you'll have to win more than one tournament before that free ticket to Vegas actually hits the doormat.
• Party Poker
One Hour of Free Blackjack
If you ever find yourself in need of a break from Poker, head over to Blackjack Ballroom, an online casino specializing in Blackjack. There new players are given $500 of free casino credits and allowed to play one hour of free Blackjack. All you have to do is download the casino software and register an account. The clock starts ticking as soon as you sit down at the table. Any amount of money over the original $500 you are able to win in that hour, is yours to keep. All this at no risk to your own funds, as any amount you loose during the hour is forgotten about and. It won't be deducted on deposits you may make later on or anything like that.
• One Hour of Free Blackjack