okay, I'll try to keep it short.
A couple weeks ago I played the round 1 freerolls hardcore, usually playing 1-4 at a time. Would get 1st-2nd once in a while, and immediately use ticket for Round 2. Around my 3rd or 4th try on round 2 I won the tournament and advanced to the wsop
freeroll final (I was pretty proud of this because only like 80-100 people of all the many thousands trying manage it). Played the final, everything went well, half field died out and i had > average chips. Then got AA and lost to AK (diamonds), I won't explain exactly how the hand went because I'm afraid I may be to blame for losing. Well, raised 3X BB and someone called in later pos. and flop came 8 9 10 (two diamonds), I pot-bet (not liking the board one bit- 3 to a straight and flush draw, but i didnt put him on a hand like QJ- this was Greeneknight, someone who seemed to be playing very solid and later won 10k in this mtt) and he called my bet. turn came another diamond. I checked. he bet pot, I called (I should have immediately folded AA here when potential flush hit? ugh tough spot it was, fkin tough lol), river paired board, he pot bet, i threw in the rest of my stack which was about 3k, when avg was 7k. he showed AK diamonds and won. my fault, but gross situation.
Since then i haven't been playing them as devotedly as before, was very disappointing to put in that work to get there then lose. It's daunting to re-try but i may yet.
If you're going to play em gl its an intense battlefield. I suggest you try to play 2-4 at a time and that you shrug off the bad beats and just register for another, just focus on playing better than everyone else. eventually if you play very well I'd say 1 in 10-20 games you should be getting a ticket otherwise maybe you're game isn't good enough ,
even if you dont manage to its good practise at least.
and when you lose round 2, dont beat yourself up about it, ive lost it and it hurts but just remember that even by winning round 2 you're still so far away from top 8 in a 900 player mtt full of at least 100-200 exceptional players.
GL GL GL.