Poker players may participate in “freerolls,” or “free poker tournaments,” without risking any of their own money. For novice players, the risk of losing money may be a major deterrent from trying out poker, but freerolls provide a chance to learn the game at no cost.
It is often held amongst seasoned players that freerolls are ideal for newcomers since they provide an opportunity to learn the ropes without having to put any money on the line. Those who aren’t too concerned with their results but are there to have fun might also check out the freerolls. Prizes are awarded in freerolls, and although they are far lower than those in “real tournaments,” they still serve to motivate participants.
Players with intermediate to advanced poker abilities are an uncommon (in the eyes of novices) sight in freerolls, although they do sometimes appear. Since “traditional” poker may become boring at times, freerolls provide players a chance to mix things up and try new strategies. In contrast to “traditional” Texas Hold ’em, freerolls tend to be much more aggressive, with all-ins being often used.
A hand with no restrictions.
When there are only two players left, the phrase “freeroll” may also apply to a particular circumstance in which one player is assured to at least share the pot with his opponent regardless of the last cards, but where there is some possibility he can win the entire pot if certain final cards are given. This takes place just before the last hand is dealt.