Kick-start your poker career and win a share of hundreds of dollars!

Welcome to PokerStars - the world’s largest poker site. To help you get a head-start on building your online poker bankroll, we’re giving all new players free tickets to weekly free-to-play Start-Up Freeroll tournaments, where you can win real cash prizes and start rising through the poker ranks!

Start-Up Freerolls are a great way of learning the basics of poker and challenging players from around Europe* for free. Each tournament comes with a $250 guaranteed prize pool, and we’ve designed the payout structure to ensure as many players as possible receive a cash prize.

To claim your multiple-entry ticket to Start-Up Freeroll tournaments, all you need to do is enter the star code ‘START’ in the PokerStars lobby. Need help? See below for tips on how to use Star Codes, plus advice on how you can develop your poker skills for free with PokerStars!

How do I Play Start-Up Freerolls?

All new PokerStars players are entitled to a free multiple-entry Start-Up Freerolls ticket, valid for 31 days. These allow you to register for up to nine tournaments, but you’ll need to use your unique star code within 31 days of creating your PokerStars account to qualify.

If you haven’t already done so, download the PokerStars software and create your account, then go to ‘Account’ > ‘Enter Star Code’ in the PokerStars lobby and a pop-up box will appear. Next, enter the star code ‘START’ in the field provided to get your free Start-Up Freeroll ticket. Click here for more on Star Codes.

The ticket will be credited to your account within five minutes. Head to the ‘Tourney’ > ‘Regional’ tabs in the main lobby to register for Start-Up Freerolls and begin your poker journey.

Tournament Time & Date Prize Pool
Start-Up Freerolls Every Wednesday and Sunday @ 13:00 ET[S1]  $250 added!

How do I Use my Cash Prize?

Unlike normal tournaments, a massive 25% of each field will be awarded prizes in Start-Up Freerolls.  Your real money account will be credited instantly should you win a prize. Use it to play any PokerStars real money games, including our unbeatable selection of tournaments, ring games, Sit & Go’s and more. Not sure where to start? Why not try the $0.01/$0.02 ring game tables or tournaments starting from just a few cents. The choice is yours!

Improve your Game for Free!

PokerStars is packed full of useful pages which will help you grow as a poker player. From understanding the basic rules and hand rankings, to more advanced strategies and free tips from Team PokerStars Pros, we’ve got everything you need to improve your skills.

Check out the How to Play section for answers to any questions you might have about PokerStars and priceless strategy advice. Try out your new moves in Start-Up Freerolls and prove you’ve got what it takes to become poker’s next big star!

*Please Note: Start-Up Freerolls are only available to players in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, FYROM, Greece, Hungary, Luxemburg, Montenegro, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia. Star codes must be used within 31 days of creating your PokerStars account to claim your free tournament tickets. Tickets are non-transferable and cannot be exchanged for money.

If you have any questions about PokerStars and Start-Up Freerolls, contact

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