Every beginner in Texas Holdem poker needs to play for free first in order to learn the rules, starting hands and basic strategy of the game. The best places to play for free are the online poker rooms. As there are so many poker rooms on the Internet it will not be difficult for you to find a place, where you can play free Texas Holdem.
You can join a play-money table and you can play for hours without wagering a cent or you can take part in Freeroll Texas Holdem tournaments. Freerolls are competitions with $0 buy-in, but participating in these tournaments you have the chance to win real money. Taking part in Freeroll Tournaments is probably the best way for every Texas Holdem player to learn how to play in online tournaments without losing his money.
The Freeroll Tournaments are usually multi-table tournaments with more than 1000 poker players and all these players compete for real money. All participants start with equal amount of chips and the play continues until one of the players wins all the chips. The Freeroll tournament starts when the first hand is dealt. In the early stages of the competition there are many Texas Holdem players, so if you want to see the final table you need to play tight. Before and after the flop play only if you have a very good hand. Early in the Freeroll Tournament the blinds are low and if you lose at this stage, there is nothing to sorry about. Also the bluffs usually do not work, so this is not a good strategy in this early stage of the competition. Remember that you will fold many hands in this phase of the Freeroll Tournament.
If you are in late position and you have pocket pairs or AK, call your hand if you want to reduce the number of Texas Holdem players before the flop. But if you think one of your opponents have a better hand, it is good to fold after the flop. Folding in this case will save your chips. In the middle of the Freeroll Tournament the number of your opponents is reduced, but you still have to play tight and call and rise only if you have a good hand. You want to lose all your chips and leave the competition at this stage, so play very carefully and fold if you hold a bad hand. Until the end of the Freeroll Tournament you have to keep playing very well, but now you do not need to play so tight. If you are dealt a good hand play it aggressively and even push all-in. Try to accumulate as many chips as you can at this phase of the competition, because it will help you if you see the final table. And probably one of the most important things when you participate in a Freeroll Tournament is to hide your emotions and try to show strength.
Nowadays there are plenty of online poker rooms, offering Freeroll Tournaments so if you want to participate, you can do it everyday from your home. Taking part in these online tournaments will help you learn how to play the game of Texas Holdem poker and will certainly improve your play, so you will be ready for the real-money Texas Holdem tournaments.
I’m Jason Rockwell. When I’m not winning playing online poker, I enjoy writing about my love of the game. Thanks for visiting!