Poker Online Freeroll Tournaments Written by Tom Howze
Poker online freeroll tournaments are a huge way to leverage a player's way into major tournaments and to win big money at no cost to player. Casinos and poker rooms offer them to reward active players and to recruit new ones. Generally by playing a number of hands using real money, invitations are extended to play in tournaments at no risk. Players are also sometimes given points based on their play that can be redeemed for cash entries to tournament of their choice.
It is always a good idea for players to review poker room or casino's policy for gaining free entries to these tournaments. Sometimes by playing 50 to 100 hands, you can meet requirements or standards for being given a freeroll. Or by being one of top ranked real money players for month, you can receive an invitation. On occasion one can be given an entry simply for being a member who plays with real money. The rewards for entering such tournaments can be huge such as receiving a seat to World Series of Poker, World Poker Tour or other major tournaments where entry fees range from $10,000 to $25,000. Others reward top finishers with real money cash and/or satellite entry to other cash prize tournaments.
Choices expand greatly when using earned points with a particular online poker room. Players accumulate these points mostly by playing in raked cash games, multi-table tournaments and tournaments that include a paid fee. These points, depending
Online Poker Gambling Sees Tremendous GrowthWritten by Tom Howze
Online poker gambling at casinos and poker rooms is one of fastest growing forms of wagering on Internet. Fueled by televised tournaments seen on Travel Channel's World Poker Tour, ESPN with 2004 World Series of Poker (WSOP), and Bravo's Celebrity Poker, popularity of game is seen everywhere. A huge number of qualifiers for 2004 WSOP gained their entries from playing in online satellite tournaments for a fraction of large entry fees paid by others. Look for more players to enter 2005 world series of poker satellite tournaments for this reason.
Tournaments at land based casinos are becoming so popular that people are being turned away, with waits at some lasting two hours to get a table on weekends. Smaller land based casinos are promoting poker tournaments in order to capitalize on growing trend of game. Even though cut for house is pretty slim, they report increasing revenues by number of patrons who play other games, buy drinks and food. It is also allowing them to attract new players which are mostly twentysomethings and women which expands their customer base.
It seems that most of upcoming poker stars are a lot younger than in past. This is because years of experience formally gained at brick and mortar poker rooms is compressed into months when playing online. College students watching Texas Hold'Em poker on TV have taken to playing at crowded tables on campus or online where they can take advantage of 24/7 availability of other players when they can. One college student stated that "Being able to lie (bluff) and get away with it is exciting when you know hand you have is inferior to one your opponents have." Plus being able to play for free is also a nice way to learn game which is a feature that most poker rooms on Net offer.