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Op-Ed: Internet Poker – free tournaments and free money

By Alexander Baron     Sep 16, 2011 in Entertainment
Full Tilt Poker may still be in limbo, but many other poker sites are doing fine, some are even giving away money, albeit with strings attached.
Although there is a hearing scheduled with the Alderney Gambling Control Commission for Monday, those in the know believe that Full Tilt – which up until April was one of the biggest poker sites on the Internet – may soon be no more. You can read the sad news here, and some background to Black Friday here. Now the good news.
The British-based RakeTheRake, the world's largest rakeback affiliate, is offering all its members $25 free; the only string attached is that you must first sign up with Carbon Poker through their link - here and deposit at least $10. If you have any queries, e-mail their friendly support.
By signing up with this site you will also be eligible for 14 days of depositors’ freerolls.
PokerStars has a host of special offers both for new members and not so new. There is a $600 First Deposit Bonus, UK exclusives, and even special tournaments for women.
Now that over half a billion people belong to Facebook, it is hardly surprising that many poker sites run special tournaments - including freerolls - associated with that site. Party Poker, Titan Poker and William Hill are among those who run freerolls; the William Hill freeroll has a prize pool of £500, usually has around 600 runners, and pays around 80 places, which is as near to absolutely free money as you will find anywhere. This No Limit Hold ’Em tournament begins at 4pm London time on Sundays. The bad news is that along with most poker sites, William Hill does not admit American players - and hasn't for some time.
No, this is not discrimination, British companies are as keen as any to take your money - special relationship or not - so if you are an American and want to do something about this sorry state of affairs, you can sign up with the Poker Players Alliance, and send a message to Uncle Sam.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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