Poker Freeroll News May 2008
Freeroll News 25th May 2008:
Billionth hand is always a very special occasion for
an online poker room (I wonder if any offline casinos have
ever got close to having played a billion hands!) and at Bet365 they are celebrating the upcoming event.To help them spread the cheer they are holding a
series of events, including their "Bubble Hands
Freeroll". All the players who take part in hands
999,999,901 thru' 1,000,000,000 (that's a total of
100 hands) will be eligible to play in the $10,000
pot freeroll and at least 20% of the participants
will get a share of the prize money.
Not only that, but there is an extra $2,500 bounty available
to the player in the freeroll who takes out the
winner of the billionth hand.
There are a lot more payouts leading up to the
event, as of yesterday they had paid out over $36,000
on billionth hand events, so it is one to really
keep an eye on for a while at least. Maybe you could
change over to Bet365 for your regular poker game
online - at least until the billionth hand has been
If you are a player at Poker Room you probably will
have received a free ticket to the VIP Race Trophy
tournament. Top prize for this is a fantastic trip to
Brno for the semi-final of the Race Trophy - all
Freeroll News 18th May 2008:
poker players just baffle me. Or should I say,
sometimes freeroll poker players baffle me. Some of the
things they do just defy logic, I'll give you an example.
Today I played a freeroll at FullTilt Poker.
There were 2666 players registered to
play out of a maximum of 2700 so it was all but full.
That in itself isn't all that remarkable, there are
freerolls with more players than that registered.
No, the thing that floored me was the prizes on
offer. Or should I say prize. That's right, there was
only ONE prize between 2666 players. And the prize? A
So 2666 poker
players were prepared to sit and play for upwards of
four hours for the chance of winning a poker DVD -
value less than £20. Now don't get me wrong Full Tilt
Poker is a great place to play poker and I don't have a
problem with it at all. What I do have a bit of a problem
with though is people willing to waste their time like this.
the bottom line in poker is money. It is that
simple. We all enjoy playing poker but we all want to see
our bank balance heading north at the end of each game.
Freerolls represent a good opportunity to increase your
balance, but ONLY if you have little or no money to spare.
If you seriously cannot afford to risk ANY money of
your own at all, then poker freerolls are the way to
go. You get to play competitive poker and you get the
chance to win some money. On the face of it, the
best of both worlds.
let's get real for a moment. Who in their right mind
would play a freeroll where the only prize is a single DVD?
You are WORTH MORE! Your time is more valuable than that so
here's what I would suggest you do:
Play better freerolls. There are loads of poker
freerolls around, choose one with a smaller field of
competitors and also a better range of prizes. There
are still some good freerolls out there so shop
around and find a good one.
You can check out a list of freerolls on Love-Texas-Holdem's freeroll timetable page.
Play real money tables. For me this is by far the
better way to go. Even a minimum deposit on one of
the larger poker sites opens up a whole new world of
possibilities. If you don't want to risk a lot of
your money then there are $0.10 and $0.25 tournaments
difference is that 2000 players in a $0.25 tournament
adds up to a prize pot of $500! And believe me the standard
of poker play at that level isn't any better than the
freerolls so you should be in with a good chance of getting
amongst the prizes if you stick to the basics.
One of the best, and the biggest sites online to
play poker at is Poker Stars. The minimum deposit is
only $25, easily affordable to most people. That's
nearly 100 $0.25 tournament buy-ins! (after site
fees). And you can choose the size of tournament you
want to play in, anything from heads-up 2 player
P.S. I didn't hang around long in the
DVD freeroll, I just stayed for about 15 minutes to
get the feel for what it was like. But I kept an eye
on the tournament for a while and after an hour there
were less than 300 players left. Not a great
Freeroll News 11th May 2008:
If you haven't been to Betfair yet you've missed out on a real treat!
Betfair is the UK's biggest betting exchange, where
people bet against each other rather than against a
bookmaker. People are making SERIOUS money off this
site due to the fact that you can bet against an
event happening as well as for it.
getting into too much detail here, say for example
you bet a team on Betfair at even money NOT to win.
Now all you need to do is get a price of better than even
money for them to win and you will have guaranteed that you
will get a return no matter what the outcome of the event
There is also the
opportunity to use "hedging" tactics like the stock
market where you bet on an event at a high price and
close out your position by betting against it when
the price drops. This is typically available for live
sports events where the expected outcome is changing by the
minute as the game is unfolding.
also do poker, and one account lets you into both
the poker and betting sections of the site. And the good
news is that there are a lot of freerolls for you to get
Here's the details of some of the freerolls:
$1,000 Weekly Welcome Freeroll is open to all new
customers, takes place Every Saturday. Prize pot made up of
a $550 value WSOPE Qualifier seat for first place and a $500
prize pool shared between the next 29 players.
Daily freeroll for a place in the Weekly $100,000
guaranteed tournament takes place three times a day. The
winner gets a pass to the $100K game worth $550 while the
4th to 9th places get a share of $200.
Tuesdays there's a chance to win a place in the
$30,000 guaranteed Imper1um Special tournament worth $420.
On Fridays there's a chance to win a place in the $20,000 guaranteed Annette tournament worth $212.
day you can win a place in the $16,000 guaranteed
tournament worth $109. The $16K tourney runs on Mondays,
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. If you win a place you will be entered for the next final.
Did You Know?
a simple way that you can calculate the odds of
winning a hand. Now this method is quick and rough but is
fairly accurate and is more than adequate for most players.
All you need to do is work out how many outs you have and your odds of winning are -
Percentage chance of winning = Outs x 2 + 2
take a simple example, if you are chasing a straight
and need a King, you only have 4 Outs - the 4 kings. So your
chances of winning the hand are:
4 x 2 + 2 = 10%
assumes of course that your straight will win the
hand but you should be able to tell from the communal cards
whether you can be beaten or not.
Freeroll News 4th May 2008
Players Only Poker are running a great series of $100,000
freerolls, the latest one of which takes place on 31st
Now to be
honest, when I feature a big freeroll poker
competition like this in the newsletter there is usually a
bit of a catch of some sort. Let's face it, the poker room
running the game has to make money so sometimes they require
you to have deposited something before they let you
play in these freerolls. Or sometimes there is a
restriction to players from certain countries, like
the US, which means they can't take part.
Well the good news is you can go straight
into the qualifiers for this monster of a tournament
and try to win a place to the final itself. There are
two qualifying freerolls a day to the tourney and
the top 10 finishers in each move forward to the
grand final itself. As well as these freerolls, there
are a few other ways you can make it to the final on
Qualifier: There's a qualifier where you need 10 Gold
Chips to buy-in every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.
The top 20 from each of these go on to the final.
Direct Buy-In: You can buy straight into the final
for $50. Not too shabby for a straight shot at a $75K
Qualifier (Cash Buy-In): Buy in to these qualifiers
Every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday from as little as
$2.00. One seat to the final gets awarded for every $50
Bonus Seat Lottery: If you deposit a minimum of $100
using the code you will be entered into a lottery where 25
names get selected at random and get a final seat.
The prize money in the final of the Players Only
Poker $100,000 tournament has an unusual split, being
heavily weighted in favor of the winner who takes
home a massive $75,000. The runner up gets $10K and
the smaller prizes cascade down from there.
What it does mean of course is the most
high-pressure heads up game ever in a freeroll!
Imagine for a minute you're lucky enough to get down
to the last two in the final, you are now effectively
playing a game of heads-up poker for $65,000 - which
is the difference between winning and losing.
Can you handle the pressure? I'm sure you don't know
for certain but I'm just as sure you'd love to find
The next qualifier takes place in just over 10 hours at 7:15 EST 12:15 UK time.
P.S. Don't worry if you can't make this one, there's
another next month on Saturday, June 28th.
Poker Room lost it's American market due to the
change in regulations but for those of you who can
still play there, there are running a great freeroll
to win a trip to see the famous Real Madrid. First
prize is an all-expenses paid weekend trip to Madrid,
climaxing with a visit to the Bernabeu Stadium to
watch the match.
a nice list of consolation cash prizes from second
place all the way down to number 860, just about the most
prizes I've seen in a freeroll.
The tournament takes place on May 13, 19:00 CET
Intertops have a
$1000 freeroll to celebrate their new table design.
Why not pop over and take a look and while you're
there, register for the $1000 freeroll.
Poker Freeroll Update Archives
archived newsletters are still there for every single
month all the way back to September 2005. They contain loads
of great freeroll information. Check the listings below to
find particular poker sites you are interested in - or
simply just browse through them.
You can still access all the previous back issue information using the links below:
April 2008: Poker Stars, No Pay Poker, Poker Room, Poker Host, Lucky Ace, Tower Poker, 32Red, Poker Nordica
March 2008: 32Red Poker, WSOP 2008:- Hollywood Poker Poker Room Poker4Ever, Unibet, Carbon Poker, Poker Time, Winning at Poker Stars
February 2008: Poker4ever, Poker Host, Omaha Hi freeroll at Poker Stars, Simple Freeroll System Part 1, VC Poker, Carbon Poker
Pitbull Poker, Mansion Poker, Hollywood Poker, Poker4ever,
Love-Texas-Holdem private members-only freeroll, Cake Poker,
Poker Host, Poker Stars
Carbon Poker, Betfred, Battlefield Poker, Poker Room, Wingows
Poker, Poker Host, VC Poker, Intertops, Love-Texas-Holdem
private freeroll, No Pay Poker, Absolute Poker
Poker4ever, Poker Heaven, Ladbrokes new player freeroll, Roxy
Poker, Sportsbook.com, member's success story, Pitbull Poker
Carbon Poker, The Poker Players Alliance, 5000 Euro freeroll,
Poker Host, Poker Stars, Poker Nordica, Sportsbook.com Poker
Newsletter Survey, Ladbrokes Poker, Fair Poker, Poker Heaven,
Tower Gaming, Poker Host, Bugsy's Club Poker, VC Poker
August 2007: Full Tilt Poker, Tropical Poker, Carbon Poker, CanBet Poker, Bet365, Free Chip Trick guide
Poker Share, List of the best poker sites featured, Bodog
Poker, Vegas Poker 247, Absolute Poker, VC Poker, Carbon Poker,
Full Tilt Poker
June 2007: Bugsy's Club, Absolute Poker, Bet US, VC Poker, Wingows, Poker Loco
May 2007: Intertops Poker, Players Only Poker, CD Poker, The3DPoker, Carbon Poker
April 2007: Tony G Poker, Poker Stars, Poker.com, Poker Time, Canbet, Sun Poker
March 2007: Love-Texas-Holdem.com Private Freeroll, Superior Poker, Pitbull Poker, GNUF Poker, 32Red Poker
February 2007: Action Poker, The Poker Club, UltimateBet, No Pay Poker
UltimateBet, US Poker Players Hit Again!, Huge Bonuses from
real-money games, Vegas Poker 247, Roxy Poker, Mansion Poker
December 2006: $5000 New Year's Freeroll, VIP Poker, Tower Poker, Sites where USA players can play poker, Poker Heaven
Love-Texas-Holdem Private Freeroll, Poker.com, US Online Poker
Legislation, US Online Poker Legislation Part 2, Live Poker
October 2006: Hollywood Poker, Bet Direct Poker, Full Tilt Poker, The Gaming Club , Poker Vida Loca
September 2006: Tropical Poker, Cake Poker, Poker Hour, Wingows Poker, Bugsy's Club, PokerSchool Online
August 2006: Victor Chandler Poker, Ultimate Bet, Royal Vegas Poker, PokerChamps
July 2006: 32Red Poker, CD Poker, Bet Fred Poker, Games Grid Poker, Bad Poker Sites
June 2006: Absolute Poker, Poker Ocean, College Poker, Royal Vegas Poker, Titan Poker
May 2006: 24hPoker, Hollywood Poker, Poker Heaven, 32Red Poker
April 2006: Absolute Poker, Mermaid Poker, Poker 333 and Canbet
March 2006: Ladbrokes, Noble Poker, Spin Palace Poker, Poker.com
February 2006: Planet Poker, Holdem Poker, Poker Heaven, Poker Champs
January 2006: Alamo Poker, Royal Vegas Poker, Purple Lounge, Noble Poker, 32Red Poker, Inter Poker, JetsetPoker
December 2005: Hollywood Poker, 32Red Poker, Canbet, Kiwi Poker, Multi Poker, Poker Room Lucky Dollar
November 2005: Caribbean Sun Poker / Sun Poker, BetFred, 7 Sultans Poker, Bet365
October 2005: Virgin Games, Inter Poker, 247Poker, 32Red Poker
September 2005: Fair Poker, Hollywood Poker, Poker.com, Everest Poker
freeroll timetable has now been moved to a separate page to
make it quicker to load. I've also split it up into time zones.
You can get to it by clicking the link below.
Click here to go to the freeroll timetable