Gaming rooms that offer free poker are great options for new players who would like to get a feel for how a Texas Hold'em game works without spending a dime. When you're new to the game, it's understandable that you don't want to invest money in a game you know little or nothing about. That's why in this article we present you with 3 options for playing poker completely free of charge. Although this article only presents 3 poker rooms, there are several others. Here are the three free poker options that caught our attention
All of the rooms below are intuitive, stable and similar to any real money online poker table you can play at
Here is the list of free internet poker rooms:
The pros and cons of playing poker for free
Who are play money poker rooms for? What are the advantages and disadvantages of playing poker for free, i.e. with play money?
These rooms are a good place to learn the basics of online poker. Not everyone has the desire to invest money in poker and that is understandable. You can learn about poker terms, hand flow, hand rankings, speed of play, different types of bets, chatting, interacting with players, taking notes, how other players play, etc.
However, there are some drawbacks to these poker rooms. A few, it is true, but these drawbacks are worth mentioning.
Poker as we know it makes sense because we value our chips (which are real money in cash games). When a player bluffs with his money, he will actually risk something to win the pot in the middle of the table. His bluff will be as real as his money. So he will have to do it very thoughtfully. In the absence of real consequences, since the "money" at the free poker tables is only virtual chips, some players will not play the way they would if their chips were real money. In other words, players will call a lot more and bluff a lot more than they would in a regular game of Texas Hold'em.
It is true that some people will still play as if it were real money, but others will not. In summary, real money poker will be a little different from free poker. Therefore, don't jump to conclusions about your level of play; if you're a big winner at one of the game rooms listed above, it's not automatic that you'll be a big winner at the real money tables.
Another drawback of free poker is, paradoxically, one of its strengths, namely the huge pool of players. While it's nice to be able to play poker on Zynga, for example, at any time of the day or night given the huge pool of players, it's less appealing to never (or almost never) meet the same players. One of the pleasures of poker is taking notes on your opponents and adapting your game against them according to the notes you have taken. When playing against new players on a daily basis, it will be more difficult, if not impossible, to build on the notes we have taken about them because we will never run into them twice. Finally, most free poker rooms only offer the no-limit Texas Hold'em variant. This is obviously the most popular variant, but it would also be interesting to be able to play other types of poker variants for free.
Once you've gained confidence in your skills by learning about free poker rooms, you can start playing micro-limits in a cash poker room. The important thing is to always advance gradually, only when you feel comfortable doing so
Another alternative to consider for free poker is the card room PokerStars which offers play money tables. This is a good transition between a cardroom like Zynga and the real money rooms of PokerStars. Play money poker will allow you to get familiar with the software.
If you ever decide to get into the world of online poker through one of the above rooms, we wish you the best of luck at the tables!