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Want to play the high stakes play money games? Chip bundles can now be purchased exclusively from PokerStars from just $1.99! See here for details. Please note that buying Play Money from any other source is a violation of our Terms of Service.

All of the games PokerStars offers can be tried for free! Simply follow the steps outlined below to get in on the action.

STEP 1 - Select the Game or Tournament You Would Like to Play

Getting Started at PokerStars - Select the Game or Tournament

To learn about the different poker games on offer, visit the Poker Games webpage.

STEP 2 - Locate FREE Play Tables

Once you have clicked a Game or Tournament tab, click on the ‘Play Money’ Tab. In some cases the play money tables will have their own tab, in others you can find Play Money games by scrolling down through the Real Money tables as shown in example 2.

Example 1:

Getting Started at PokerStars - FREE Play Tables

Example 2:
Note: Free play money games always start with the word "Fun".

Getting Started at PokerStars - FREE Play Tables

STEP 3 - Pick a Limit and Start Playing

Scroll down until you find the limit of your choice. All new Play Money accounts start with 1,000 play chips. Starting at a 1/2, 5/10 or 10/20 game will ensure that you have plenty of chips to play. Double click on the game you want to join and it will take you to the table.

Getting Started at PokerStars - Pick a Limit

Please Note: Table Group Mode

The first time you go to the Play Money tab, you will see that the tables are organized in groups:

Getting Started at PokerStars - start playing

In this mode, you just have to select the type of table you want to play at. Click ‘Play Now’ and you will automatically be seated at the table of your choice.

If you prefer the traditional List Mode, you can go to ‘Options’ -> ‘Lobby Display Options’ and uncheck the ‘Play Money’ alternative under ‘Group Similar Tables’.

STEP 4 - Sitting Down at a Table

Once you have found the game you would like to join you can start playing by clicking on any of the seats marked "Seat Open".

Getting Started at PokerStars - Sitting Down at a Table

STEP 5 - Reloading Your Play Money chips

If you ever ‘go bust’ and you would like to get more FREE Play Money chips you can get 1,000 more Play Money chips 3 times every hour.

Getting Started at PokerStars - Reloading  Your Play Money chips

STEP 6 - Buying Chips

Instead of refilling, take a shortcut to the high-stakes games and buy Play Money chips by going to the main menu and clicking ‘Requests’ > ‘Purchase Play Money Chips’.

Play Money Rake & Tournament Fees

Our goal at PokerStars is to create the most realistic online poker room experience as possible, and this commitment extends to our Play Money offerings. In our Ring Games, a small portion (less than 5%) of the pot is taken from every hand that goes past the first betting round. In our tournaments, the fee consists of a small percentage of the buy-in and is paid upon registration.

If you have any questions or would like help finding any of our real money games please contact support@pokerstars.com.


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