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Difference between a poker freeroll and a poker tournament

More Canadians than ever before are interested in online poker. While plenty of fans are familiar with poker rules from experience playing in live casinos or at poker nights with friends, there are a lot of things that may appear unfamiliar at first and may take a little getting used to.

For example, the terminology involved in online poker may be a little different than the terminology you’ve been using with your friends during Friday night poker games. The differences between a freeroll and a regular poker tournament that are offered on the same online poker room website may not be immediately clear to some Canadians who are new to the online poker community.

A poker tournament is a pretty familiar thing for most poker fans. Each participant must pay a certain amount of money in order to reserve a seat at the tournament, be it a physical seat or a virtual one. The number of participants involved in the tournament therefore determines the size of the prize pool. The more people who register, the more money you have the chance of winning.

A freeroll, on the other hand, is a different kind of tournament. Rather than each participant contributing a certain amount of money in order to gain a seat, the online poker room, the casino, or a sponsor usually donates or puts up a certain, finite amount of money that will be at stake. Therefore the number of participants doesn’t directly affect the amount of money you have the potential to win, as it is predetermined by the sponsor of the event.

Some freerolls aren’t completely free, however. Players may need to put up a certain amount of money at some point, and they will still need to meet minimum betting requirements from their own bankrolls. Be sure to read all rules thoroughly being registering for a tournament so you won’t be met with any surprises!

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