Free Poker Software Download
So even as a fun poker player, you can use the regular poker client provided by the poker room of your choice. All you have to do is download the software, install it, create an account (no credit card data required for this), and after logging in, you can go to the "Play Money" section in the poker room's lobby and find a table or tournament to play at.
You will easily learn the poker rules and betting patterns as you play for free, andafter a short while you get a feeling for the tables and functions. In any case, for beginners it is recommendable to play here for a while - even if your purpose is to play for real money later.
When you sign up for a free play money account, you will get a certain number of play money chips, and if you lose them you can get new chips (in some rooms you have to wait for a day before you can reload your free play money chips).
Using the poker software that can be downloaded for free at the poker rooms' websites (see our links) for your play-money game has several advantages. To name only a few:
- You can take a look at the real money games going on at the room (you don't have to deposit money to watch the real-money games, not even the high-stakes tables)
- As opposed to some downloadabel poker softwares where you play against the computer (which after very short time is no fun at all), here you play against real people, and you can even chat with your opponents while you play. Playing against real people is more challenging and more entertaining!
- The free download poker software platforms of the online poker rooms are far more sophisticated than all the software products out there, even the ones you have to pay for
- And, last but not least, if you ever change your mind and want to try a real money game, all you need to do is make a deposit, and your play-money software becomes a real-money playing platform. You do not even have to adjust to a different software because you already know how to handle the poker software.
There is one exception to that rule though, and that is Full Tilt Poker - here, you have to deposit within 30 days after creating your play money account. If you want to start playing real money later than that, you must deinstall the Full Tilt software, delete the cookies on your computer, then download and install the software once again through our link, using our bonus code. Then create a new account by choosing a different player name and using a different email address. That way, you can be sure that you will get the maximum bonus on your deposit.
By the way, if you get the feeling that at the play money tables, your winning hands get beaten at the turn or river very often - yes, that is something that happens very often when you play for play money. Since there is no real money involved, the opponents play extremely loose and call with the thinnest of draws. But that will change a lot when you start playing for real money, even at the smallest stakes - and that is where poker starts making sense, and it's a lot more fun, too!