Free Poker Games

Taking your first steps can be difficult, and if you haven’t ever played before you might not want to risk your own money straight away. That's why we offer free games so that you can test things out and get a feel for the game.

Where can I play poker for free?

Here at PokerStars, we offer free tables where you can develop your skills and try out new poker formats. At our free tables, all that is at stake is play money, and you can always get more chips when you run out. Thousands of players try out our play money tournaments and cash games every day. They offer a great way to learn the game and refine your strategy.

How to play free poker

Just follow a few simple steps to start playing free poker games at PokerStars:

  • Download our free, secure software and create your Stars Account
  • Select ‘Play Money’ in the software (you can play for free in both the desktop and mobile software)
  • Take your pick from a large choice of free cash games, tournaments, Sit & Go’s and more

When you create your Stars Account, you’ll be asked to choose your username – this will be your nickname at the tables. You’ll also be asked to select a password and confirm your email address. Once your registration is complete, you’ll receive virtual play money chips to play poker online for free.

What free games can I play?

We offer free tables across both types of online poker game: cash games and tournaments.

Cash games are the ‘classic’ type of game than can be joined, and left, at any time. Players can choose how much of their real or virtual funds - known as their bankroll - to bring to the table, and are free to top-up or buy-in again if they lose their chips (and have more in reserve).

Tournaments start at a specific time, or when a certain amount of players have registered. They usually require a one-off buy-in to play. Players who lose all their chips in a tournament are knocked out, until there is just one winner remaining. The combined prize pool of all the players’ buy-ins is shared between the players who last the longest, with the winner receiving the greatest share.

To try our free cash games and tournaments, open the software and select the ‘Play Money’ option. Then, simply choose the game you want to play. If you run out of play money chips, take a seat at a cash game table and you’ll receive a free top-up.

Real money and play money

There are plenty of options and games available when playing with play money, and if you wish to play for real money, you can deposit funds into your account and take advantage of our first deposit offer. To see your current balance, of both real and play money, just open the ‘Cashier’.

We offer a huge range of different poker games and tournament formats in both free and real money variants.

By playing at our play money tables, you’ll get a feel for everything we have to offer, as most of the special features at our regular tables are available at our free tables, too.

Free money with Freeroll poker tournaments

In addition to free poker games, we offer freeroll tournaments that run every day. Enter some of these free poker tournaments and there might be the chance to come away with real money in your account - and it's all on the house. To find freerolls, head to the ‘Tournaments tab’ (desktop), or ‘Tourney’ tab accessed via the Lobby (mobile), and select ‘Freeroll’ from the ‘Buy-in’ filter.

Additional information

PokerStars has a variety of free to enter poker games and tournaments. When you create a Stars Account, you’ll receive some free chips which you can use at any of our play money tables. Play money poker games offer you the chance to get familiar with our site while developing a feel for the game.

You’ll also be able to enter free-to-play freeroll tournaments. These tournaments run every day and sometimes offer the opportunity to win real money.

It’s free to download the PokerStars software on desktop or mobile. It’s also completely free to create a Stars Account.

PokerStars offers a variety of play money Texas Hold’em cash games and tournaments. You can use the free chips you’ll receive when you create a Stars Account to enter any play money games at PokerStars, including Texas Hold’em poker games.

When you create a Stars Account, you’ll get access to our award-winning software as standard. You won’t just be able to access a wide variety of poker games, but you’ll also be able to try poker formats that are exclusive to PokerStars.

Finding a game that suits your style is easy. Just use the filters to select a game that suits you.