Playing Online Poker for Free
There are thousands of websites around the world which allow people to play online poker for free – from the established real money online poker sites which offer a relatively small number of players free poker games for play money, to the latest mobile sites which offer social network poker for tens of thousands.
Without a doubt, the most popular of these websites offering free poker games is Zynga Poker – who have 38 million registered players and see an average of 60,000 players online at any one time. However, Zynga Poker is considered by many who play poker games regularly to be unrepresentative of a real money poker environment, and the company has abandoned plans to seek a poker license in the US on the strength of its disappointing relationship with bwin.party in the UK.
Consequently most people who want to play online poker for free in preparation for playing poker for real money choose PokerStars (more than 50 million registered players) – indeed, PokerStars attracts many poker players in the US who have to settle for playing online poker for free until their federal and provincial governments regulate poker for real money in the US. We have written more about real money poker in the US below, but for the minute, let´s talk about PokerStars.
Let´s Talk about PokerStars
PokerStars is the world´s largest real money online poker room, but attracts an average of 20,000 players each day to its free poker website because:-
- PokerStars hosts a wider variety of games than the sole offering of free Texas Hold´em available on Zynga Poker,
- PokerStars also runs regular freerolls (free to enter poker tournaments) in which players can win real cash prizes, and
- Because playing online poker for free on PokerStars is the most realistic simulation of playing poker for real money for players who are new to the game and who want to gain a little more experience before committing their own funds.
If you fall into the last category, and are playing online poker for free in preparation for playing poker for real money, you are advised to read our PokerStars Review 2013 to see exactly what the site can offer you when you are ready to stop playing free poker games and start using your own money. You should also be interested in our page about the PokerStars marketing code to find out how to take advantage of the 100% match bonus PokerStars will offer you on your first three deposits up to $600.00.
More about Real Money Poker in the US
Unfortunately PokerStars is not able (at the minute) to provide real money poker in the US. The company has applied for an online gaming license in New Jersey, but have been declined one in Nevada (because PokerStars continued to provide a service in the States between 2006 and 2011 and the brick and mortar casinos don´t like the competition) and been ignored in Delaware – who obviously don´t need the tax revenue that a successful site such as PokerStars would deliver.
For a complete overview of poker rooms that accept US players we suggest you to check out our other site, www.bestUSpokerSites.com where we have full reviews on each US facing poker room. There are options available for players who want to play poker for real money in the States, and we have listed details of these on our dedicated page to US Poker Sites. We have also included a little information about the history of playing real money poker in the US and the options that are available to poker players in specific States.