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’s 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 just looking to 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 Great Freerolls
If you’re simply looking for a US poker site with the best freeroll value, you’ll want to check out www.Betonline.com. They have $10-$150 freerolls every day. The maximum entry is 3,000 people, and depending on the tournament, they payout the top 10 to top 50 finishers.
If you’re lucky and are located in New Jersey, Nevada or Delaware, the WSOP.com is giving away 7 (seven) $100 freerolls with a field size of 600 players and overlay tournaments (that’s very good +EV). Another option for New Jersey poker players is Borgata which are currently offering $10 up to $1,000 (on Sundays) freerolls daily. Depending on the tournament, they are paying the top 17 to top 50 places.
Important Note: Bovada no longer has freerolls.
Legal Rooms and States
If your place of residence or physical being is in these three states, Nevada, Delaware or New Jersey, 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 (mentioned in the previous paragraph) to those eligible by state lines only.
US Poker Sites with the “Best Value” Freerolls
BetOnline Poker accepts all 50 USA states and is the best licensed offshore site in regards to value for freerolls. As for state regulated online poker websites in Delaware, Nevada and New Jersey (must be located in one of those states), the WSOP site offers the best value for freeroll tournaments. They are currently giving away seven $100 freerolls. For international players, PokerStars (largest non-US site) definitely offers the best freerolls over its competitors. PokerStars received approval to operate in New Jersey last fall, must be physically located in New Jersey to play, and their website went live on March 21st.
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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