Free online poker games can be played at almost all internet poker rooms. You can usually play free Hold'em, 7-Card-Stud or Omaha. Most poker rooms also offer free-roll tournaments from time to time. You can win cash prises or a free entry into a real money event if you do well in these free-rolls.
If you log into some of the larger sites, such as Party Poker or Pacific Poker, you will see about 50 per cent of players playing poker for real money and about 50 per cent playing free poker. You might wonder why card rooms offer free poker in the first place. Well I won't lie to you, most poker sites offer free poker in the hope that eventually you will start playing for real money, but there is no obligation to do so.
As I see it, free poker is more than just a marketing technique used by online poker rooms. Free poker is a great way for beginners to understand the rules of poker and to practice playing a particular style in a real time environment. Also, it is a lot of fun for experienced players who just like the game of poker and do not feel the necessity to play for real money. I suggest that if you are serious about eventually playing real money poker, that you read a good book on your favorite type of poker before you start. That way you can practice the right things while playing in a free money environment, which will make your eventual transition to real money much easier.
Even experienced players who are well adverse at a particular poker game can pick up the rules of a new poker game by playing a few hands for free. Recently, I decided to take a break from Hold'em and decided to play a bit of 7-Card-Stud for the first time. I read a book on the game and then ventured to the free money tables to try to implement some of the strategy I had learnt. After playing free money games for a while, I ventured to some lower limit stud games with some real confidence from my experience in free money poker.
Above all, free poker is a great way to develop the discipline to succeed in real money games. The reader would not be surprised to know that there is far more action in free money games, and it is tempting to join in on this action. However, if you can develop discipline in free poker, then it is not too difficult to make the switch to real money games.
But what if you have no interest in playing real money poker and are happy playing poker for free? Well you would be joining many just like you who love the game of poker and are happy to play poker for free.
Below is a list of some popular poker sites that offer free poker. It is free to join these sites and you will get a login and password that will enable you to start playing poker almost immediately.
Party Poker is the biggest online poker room for both real money players and for fun money poker players. Party Poker can have as many 100,000 play money poker tables. That's right 100,000 tables. I couldn't believe it either when I looked up the statistic when writing this section.
Party Poker offers freeroll tournaments with prizes up to $10,000. Check Party Poker's web site to see when the next freeroll tournament is being held. These tournaments are free to enter, as the name suggests. Party Poker uses these tournaments as promotional tools to encourage players to play for real money. But there is no obligation.
Party Poker Free Poker Games Offered Hold'em,7 card-stud, 7 card-stud Hi Lo, Omaha, Omaha Hi Lo and Single table tournament
Pacific Poker offer free poker. The interesting thing about Pacific Poker is that if you decide to play poker for free, you are not interfaced with the real money server. You never actually see any of the real money tables. I am not really sure of the reason for this, but it might be less tempting for players to join these real money games. The site has many players playing poker for free and offers good action. The site averages 2000 play money players per day.
Pacific Poker offer free Holdem, 7-Card-Stud, 7-Card-Stud Hi/Lo, Omaha, Omaha Hi/Lo
Paradise Poker is one of the oldest, largest and most well known poker rooms. The site has offered free money since its inception in the late 1990s. Paradise Poker averages approximately 4000-5000 play money players per day.
Paradise Poker offer free Holdem, 7-Card-Stud, 7-Card-Stud Hi/Lo, Omaha, Omaha Hi/Lo. In addition, the site has some great free rolls. You will need to have a look at the website for a schedule.