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FreeRoll Tournament FAQs

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What is a freeroll?
A freeroll is a poker tournament that players can participate in for free, with no buy-in or fees required to be paid by the player.

What does ‘freeroll listing’ mean?
A freeroll listing is a detailed information list for particular freerolls that are being hosted by PokerWorks. Information includes; at what poker site the freeroll is being held; the prizes offered and any requirements necessary to qualify. Complete freeroll listings can be found in our up to date freeroll listing page. Players who bookmark this page will have a handy way to make sure they will have all of the latest freeroll offerings from PokerWorks.

I am on the Freeroll Listing page, now what do I do?
When reading the freeroll listings, note the following:
•    The poker room where the freeroll is being held.
•    The date of the freeroll.
•    The time of the freeroll and what time zone it is being held in.
•    Any entry requirements.
•    What the qualification period is, if there is one.

What are the different types of freerolls?

Normally there are two types of freerolls; non-exclusive and exclusive. The type of freeroll will be noted in the freeroll listing.

Non-exclusive – Freerolls that are open to all players. Non-exclusive freerolls are rare, but occasionally PokerWorks is able to offer them by forming partnerships with certain poker sites.

Exclusive – Freerolls that are only available to PokerWorks players.
A PokerWorks player is one who has downloaded the online poker room software through download links available on PokerWorks. Exclusive also means the freeroll usually has fewer participants, giving our loyal readers a better chance of winning.


What are some of the requirements to play in a freeroll?

Points requirements – Certain poker sites require that players earn a specified number of player points to qualify to play in their freeroll. Player points are earned when a player plays hands in real money cash games and tournaments. Points are accumulated for every raked hand played, or for every dollar paid in tournament fees. Therefore, the more hands or tournaments a player participates in – the more points they earn.

Rake requirements – Some poker sites may require that a player generate a set amount of rake to qualify for a freeroll. The Rake defined as the percentage of the pot that is taken by the poker site to cover their business costs. Every poker room has a different rake structure, specifics on each poker sites rake can usually be found on their website.

Registration and qualification - Information on how to register and what is required of a player can be found within the freeroll listing.


I finished in the money, what happens now and what did I win?

Prizes you can win in freerolls are:

Satellite entry - If the freeroll pays an entry to another online tournament, a ticket should be issued to you and will be in your poker account, under tournament tickets. You then use this ticket to buy-in to the next tournament.

Cash - For freerolls that awards cash, the amount you won (according to which place in the tournament you finished) will automatically be deposited into your poker room account. Most poker sites send you an email confirming your win and notifying you that your winnings have been deposited.

Prize Package to offline (land based) event – Many freerolls award a prize package to an offline land based tournament such as the World Series of Poker. After you win, you will be contacted by the poker room via email with complete details of how to claim your prize. Be sure to check your email and respond promptly or your prize may be forfeited.

What are the Terms & Conditions of freerolls?
Prior to participating, players should read and understand all Terms and Conditions of each freeroll found on the freeroll listings page and on the poker site that hosts the freeroll.
Some of the most common reasons a player does not qualify to play in a particular freeroll are:

The player is not a PokerWorks player, meaning they did not originally sign-up to the participating poker room via PokerWorks. Most PokerWorks freerolls are exclusive to PokerWorks players only. This means you must have downloaded and signed up to the host poker room through the links on the PokerWorks website.

Occasionally there are ‘non-exclusive’ freerolls offered that are open to all players, regardless of where they signed up. When these freerolls are available they are listed on the freeroll listing page.

Qualification periods: Every freeroll will have a specific time period for qualification and you can only qualify within that particular time frame which will be stated within the freeroll listing. If you cannot register for a freeroll, it may mean that the qualification period has already ended and you failed to meet the requirements within the allotted time frame.

Rake and/or Points requirements – Many freerolls require players to earn a certain number of player points or generate a set amount of rake to qualify for the freeroll. Players who fail to meet these requirements will be unable to register and play in the freeroll.

Registration period – The time frame of when you can register for a freeroll varies from poker room to poker room. Players who have met all the requirements but are still unable to register may be trying to sign-up to early (before registration begins) or too late (after registration has closed). Registration can open a month, a week, a day or an hour before the tournament start time, again depending on the poker room. Be sure you understand when the registration period is, so you won’t be shut out of the freeroll.

No ticket for registration has been issued to your account – If you won a seat in another tournament, you may have won a ticket to be used as your buy-in. You then usually have to use this ticket to manually register for the tournament in which you won an entry. If you know that you have met all the requirements but have not received your ticket, contact the poker sites support team.  Remember that even if you meet all of the requirements early, many poker rooms only issue tickets at the end of the qualifying period.

PokerWorks forms strong ties with the most popular online poker rooms, so if the requirements prohibit you from participating in one freeroll, there are several others to choose from that you will qualify for.

Players who are unable to register for a particular freeroll and feel they have met all requirements as outlined on the freeroll listings page, should contact that poker rooms support staff. Be sure to include the freeroll you have qualified for, the date, time and any other information to help validate your claim.


What does Subject to change at anytime mean?

Most freerolls are offered for a limited time only and qualification requirements may change at any time. Be sure to read all of the information and exact details regarding that specific current freeroll offering on the freeroll listings page.

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