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Play poker free online to sharpen up your game

You have to know when to hold 'em and know when to . . .  If you're not quite sure how that line ends, then maybe you aren't ready to mix it with the high rollers on the big tables. The great thing about the rise and rise of online poker though is there is no shortage of sites where you can play poker for free.

The freeroll games are one of the main selling points of the Bwin poker site (bwin.com). These are the perfect compromise between free games and cash games. Although they cost nothing to enter, apart from free registration at the site, there are cash prizes for tournament winners. This gives a realistic competitive edge to the hands, and is great practice. Keep a look-out for their free bwin Poker Bonus codes.

The online games specialist site at games.com has several free poker games. Play Omaha, 7 card stud, Texas Hold'em or draw poker. The site links to Facebook so you can play against other players or friends online.

The Free Poker Room (thefreepokerroom.com) offers players the chance to join a multiplayer poker table online. There's a choice of games, one a download from Titan Poker, the other a game you can play directly in your browser.

Concentrate on the universally popular Texas Hold'em games at freepoker.com. You can join a beginners' table straight after registering at the site. Chat with fellow players and get a sense of poker etiquette and gameplay. You can play poker for free and build up a social network at the same time.

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