While subscription-based online poker rooms offer the opportunity to win real-money prizes to players willing to pay a monthly fee and a few freerolls (usually at very inconvenient times of the day, at least for people with 9-5 schedules) for their non-paying customers, the best bet for online poker players looking for real prizes for free is the National League of Poker (NLOP).
The NLOP, based in nearby Framingham, Mass., guarantees at least $75,000 in tournament prizes each month, and offers online players the opportunity to win great prizes, including a trip to Las Vegas for the first annual NLOP Players Championship.
The NLOP, which just celebrated its third anniversary, does offer monthly VIP subscriptions for $19.95 for full access to all the tournaments on the site, but it also offers thet best deal for players who want to play for free. The basic membership is free of charge, and offers several opportunities to play in freeroll tournaments with prizes up to $50, as well as qualifiers for weekly tournaments with $1,000 and $500 prize pools.
NLOP also offers major prize packages, including the first annual NLOP Players Championship with poker ambassador Mike Sexton, taking place on August 1, 2009. One hundred qualifiers will win a trip to Las Vegas with a chance to play for a $20,000 first place prize, and all qualifiers will get a chance to get tournament advice from Sexton.
Other major prizes include $10,000 tournament entries in various poker tournaments and a $1,500 Hard Rock “Rockstar” prize package.
A VIP Membership ($20/month) gives players access to even more tournaments with daily prize pools totaling $700, as well as additional qualifiers for weekly and grand prize events. VIPs have a better chance at qualifying for bigger tournaments, as they can play in both the basic and VIP qualifiers. Additionally, VIP qualifying tournaments have more spots for winners than the qualifiers open to only players with basic memberships. The NLOP is currently offering all new players a 14-day free trial VIP membership.
Whether you choose to play as a VIP or if you just want to start out as a basic member, you simply cannot lose by playing at NLOP.