Did you know it is possible to build an online poker bankroll without ever making a deposit? Sounds cheesy and unlikely but many of today’s young wealthy poker pros got their start freerolling. Tom Dwan (durrrr), most well known multi-million dollar online player won a small freeroll as a teenager, and with bankroll management, discipline, and a lot of practice ended up reaching the highest stake nosebleed games where he’s become one of the all time winningest players. Annette Obrestad (annette_15) who in 2007 won $2 million dollars while becoming the first ever World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) Main Event champion (while just 18 years old) also got her start freerolling. In fact, without ever making a deposit she amassed career winnings of $500,000 on Pokerstars, $200,000 on now defunct UltimateBet, and $136,000 on Full Tilt Poker before she was of legal age to play.
These are not a few isolated incidents either. The internet population of successful high stakes players is filled with players who won freerolls and then used disciplined bankroll management while improving their game and progressing in stakes. It is so often other players say, “if I only had the bankroll to get into a game, I’d win”. Most of these players simply haven’t paid their dues by improving their game while grinding through the various stakes to reach the level they desire to play.
Of course, not all players are looking for stardom either. Some are fine with using poker as a recreational pastime. If you’re looking for your shot as the next poker millionaire (it’s like the lottery still) or you’re looking to just win some money without risking any of your own, freeroll tournaments are a great way to start. Just remember, freeroll games play very differently than real money games. Winning on freerolls doesn’t mean you’ll be a successful real money player by any means.
US Poker Sites with the Great Freerolls
If you’re simply looking for a US poker site with the best value freerolls, you’ll want to check out www.BovadaPoker.lv which has $7,500 ones each month which you can legitimately win – the field isn’t very big at all. If you are lucky and are located in NJ, NV or DE, the WSOP.com is giving away 7 (seven) $100 freerolls with field size of 600 players (that’s a lot) and overlay tournaments (that’s very good +EV).
Legal Rooms and States
If your place of residence or physical being is in these three states, NV, DE or NJ, then you are granted access to the WSOP, Borgata and other such sites. Those sites are giving out very big freerolls at the current moment to those eligible by state lines only.
US Poker Sites with the “Best Value” Freerolls
Bovada has at least a $300 and a $500 freeroll daily. The $500 freerolls can be entered by any player, where the $300 freerolls requires a 30 poker point buy-in. These $300 freerolls are great value, and because Bovada gives 1 poker point per hour to all players on their site (even free money players), it is possible to enter these 30 point buy-in events without ever having made a deposit.
Freerolls for Real Money Players
Once you start playing for real money, there are many additional freerolls for which you can qualify. For example, Bovada offers a $5000 freeroll to first time depositors, and BetOnlinePoker gives first time depositors 14 days access to daily $500 freeroll tournaments. Also, at sites like PokerStars.com (largest non-US site) you can qualify – if you’re outside of the US – via VIP tier levels and FPP for $1 Million monthly and $250K quarterly freeroll tournaments. But, they don’t allow the United States anymore (except for NJ).
Almost every online poker site has some sort of freeroll incentive. No matter which site you choose, we wish you the best of luck and hope to see you soon at the real money poker tables.
Author: Savanah Lavinder
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