A freeroll tournament is a tournament with no entry fee, although some freerolls require a payment at some point to gain entry to the tournament.
Freerolls at online poker sites can be genuinely free, may require a payment of points (from a point system developed by the site), or on some occasions require a deposit of funds into the player’s account. The winnings are either real money, points, merchandise or entry tickets (invitations) to other tournaments.
Most if not all online poker sites have freeroll tournaments although in many cases require a payment of points to play. These points typically can only be earned by paying and playing real money hands which in essence is a payment required to play their ‘freerolls’ and therefore a loose use of the term ‘freeroll’. There are Internet sites that allow playing in freerolls without payment of any kind and with the chance to win real money.