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PokerStars Offering Fun New Games on Their Daily FreeRoll Schedule

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Poker players in the USA have limited choices of where they can play online thanks to the UIGEA. But thankfully the sites that still do accept US players try hard to offer great promotions so Americans don’t feel too left out. One of the biggest poker sites still welcoming the US market is industry leader PokerStars.

PokerStars has been providing poker players a comfortable nest since 2001 and defied the UIGEA when they posted this statement on their website in 2006: "PokerStars has concluded that these provisions do not alter the US legal situation with respect to online poker. The Act does not in any way prohibit you from playing online poker. Therefore our business continues as before - open to players worldwide including the US. You may play on our site as you did prior to the Act." That was close to three years ago and since then PokerStars has continued to offer players around the world the biggest variety of poker games on the internet, including players who live in the USA.
 
Always trying to stay at the forefront of online poker, PokerStars is continually offering new game varieties that their loyal players are asking for. Players now have almost unlimited choices at PokerStars, never having settled for standard popular games of Texas Hold’em and Omaha .

Aside from Hold’em, Omaha and Omaha H/L, PokerStars has added; 5 Card Draw, 2-7 Triple Draw, 2-7 Single Draw, Badugi, 7 Card Stud High, 7 Card Stud H/L, Razz, HORSE, HOSE, Omaha H/L Mixed and 8 Game.

But what do you do when you want to learn to play some of these new game varieties without “paying” to learn them? The answer is simple – FreeRolls.

On any given day PokerStars hosts no less than 15 FreeRolls which are totally free to enter for anyone who has a PokerStars account. These FreeRolls are easy to find in the main PokerStars lobby under the ‘Tourney’ then ‘FreeRoll’ tabs. They are also easy to spot on the list, with the text being a darker color than other tournaments listed. To register, just click on the one you want to play in - then register, it really is just that easy. The only part you may have difficulty with is not signing up early because each FreeRoll is limited to 9,000 players. But if you have your heart set on one and it is full, keep watching because if a player decides to un-register, you could grab that seat if you click fast enough. But even if you miss out on that one, another one will be starting usually within the hour.

And to give you the chance to learn that new game you have your eye on for free, PokerStars now offers FreeRolls in the game varieties of; Badugi, Razz, 7 Card Stud, 7 Card Stud H/L, 5 Card Draw, 2-7 Triple Draw, HORSE and 8- Game. Oh, and of course Hold’em and Omaha too. Most of the FreeRolls are FL (Fixed Limit) but Hold’em is offered in NL (No-Limit) and Omaha is offered in PL (Pot-Limit) also.

So just what do you win in the FreeRolls? For one thing, you will ‘win’ experience and skills learning the new games for free. For another, if you are in the top 72 finishers you win a ticket to another FreeRoll that you can win cash in. The ticket is good for a ‘Weekly Round 2’ FreeRoll with a prize pool of $2,000 that is held every Saturday at 10:00 ET and Sunday at 14:00 ET. The games for the Weekly Round 2 events rotate between NL Hold’em and P/L Omaha, so be sure to click on the FreeRoll and go to the corresponding lobby screen to see what game you will be playing.  If you can only play on Sundays and the game is Omaha which you hate, just hang on to your ticket until a Hold’em game is offered the next week. The good thing about these Weekly Round 2 tickets is they don’t expire, so you can use them whenever it is convenient for you.

The current daily FreeRoll schedule on PokerStars is:
•    Galileo’s NL Omaha H/L at 0:02
•    Halley’s PL Omaha Hi at 0:42
•    Hawking’s FL Hold’em at 1:22
•    Kepler’s FL Razz at 2:02
•    Hubble’s NL Hold’em 2:42
•    Le Verrier’s  8-Game at 3:22
•    Newton’s NL 5-Card Draw at 4:02
•    Ptolemy’s NL 2-7 Single Draw at 4:42
•    Sagan’s HORSE at 5:22
•    Hubble’s NL Hold’em 6:02
•    Brahe’s Badugi at 6:42
•    Cassini’s Stud at 7:22
•    Copernicus’ FL Omaha H/L at 8:02
•    Eddington’s Stud Hi/Lo at 8:42
•    Hubble’s NL Hold’em at 9:22

Remember all times are ET and these fill up pretty fast, so don’t wait until the last minute as registration is open at least 45 minutes prior to the start time. FreeRolls are a great way to build your bankroll for free, but the real fun is just being able to play without it costing anything. And if you have some FPPs (Frequent Player Points) why not use those to buy in to some tournaments and win some cash? The FPP FreeRolls start at just a 10 FPP buy-in and a $500 prize pool. First place wins $75 and there are over 400 places paid which is a great deal for only 10 FPPs. Or check out the daily 20 FPP buy-in FreeRolls with a $1,000 prize pool, you can find them on the same page as the other FreeRolls, in bold black text.

Don’t let the economy get you down, you can still play, have fun and have an opportunity to win money – for free on PokerStars.

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