The dream of every poker player is to sit down in the biggest games with the best players in the world –and of course to dominate and win millions!
But before you get to that point you have to work your way up the poker ladder, and while this seems like a daunting task many of today’s highest stakes players did just that, by depositing a small amount and grinding the micros until they had the bankroll and the skills to move up in stakes.
Some players never deposited; instead they played freerolls or took advantage of no deposit offers like the ones listed below; just ask Annette Obrestad.
In this column we’ll take a look at the best no deposit & free bankroll poker rooms for high-stakes games. The rooms we have chosen give you the best of both worlds: A chance to start your online poker career without having to make a deposit (or much of one), and the opportunity to grind your way up to the highest stakes games in the world.
Another online poker site that has some serious high-stakes games is Bet365, which is part of the iPoker Network. The iPoker Network (and Bet365) is the largest network in poker, which allows them to offer more games and higher stakes as a collection of poker sites, than any of the rooms could offer individually. Because of this the iPoker Network and Bet365 play host to some of the biggest action in online poker, with most of the European grinders found in the network’s high-stakes games.
iPoker high-stakes games tend to top out at $25/$50 for PLO and NLHE with limit games of comparable size. The reason for this is that players who tend to dominate the $25/$50 level on iPoker for any length of time generally move on to the even bigger games at PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker.
So, while the stakes at iPoker may not be quite as high as you’ll find at Full Tilt Poker or PokerStars, generally speaking the skill level of the players is also a bit lower, as most of the biggest online winners congregate at Full Tilt and PokerStars, leaving the iPoker high-stakes games populated with a good mix of winners and players who have just moved up to these levels, with the occasional fish or someone coming off a big tournament win mixed in.
So, while anyone can sit at any poker table they want to (so long as you have the minimum buy-in), if you really want to work your way up the poker ladder than patience is extremely important, and making sure you are ready both mentally and financially.
What is also important is having the ability to see your long-term goal; to actually see these high-stakes games running so you know where you have to be as a poker player before you can take a seat with the likes of Viktor “Isildur1” Blom, Tom “durrrr” Dwan, or Daniel “jungleman” Cates.