re: Poker & Three easy tips for poker freeroll sucess!
With going all-in on the first hand in a paid-for tournament and getting 2-3 callers = busting out and losing money say 75% of the time.
Going all-in in a freeroll first hand = busting out 75% of the time, and only losing 30 seconds of your time.
THAT is the point of it - you want to get called, you accept that you'll more often than not bust out, but those few minutes you spend busting out of a few freerolls then results in starting off in a strong position in the one you do place in, so that hour or 2 you play in the freeroll you don't immediately bust out on you can play from a stronger position. If everyone called and you bust out 9 times in 10, then you'd still only waste a few minutes, and would get a great pay-off when you do stay in, to make the most of the much larger time investment.
You push in when everyone IS LOOSE, because YOU WANT TO GET CALLERS.
What seem to fail to understand is that your loss when you lose is seconds to a couple of minutes of your time, even when you bust out several times. You don't keep going in every hand, because thats an idiot way to play. What you try to do is get a chip lead that you can then bully with, at the cost of a few minutes of your time for the tournys you bust out from. Registering for several freerolls takes no time at all, nor does pushing in on the first hand.
Put it this way:
Play in 5 tournaments, bust out of 4 on the first hand, and then immediately have 5000 chips on the 2nd hand in the last tournament. Mean Time investment to 5000 chips in any tournament, less than 5 minutes.
Play in 1 tournament, wait for decent hands before trying to double up twice. Time investment to 5000 chips in this tournament, perhaps 20 minutes? Plus, you could still easily get a bad beat and bust out like this (because you're playing with a chip disadvantage and more likely to get pushed all in).
Keeping pushing all-in firstly doesn't reap the same rewards, because most other players won't have the same stack size. Secondly, you just want an immediate chip lead, so you can play good, aggressive poker.
If you can't understand the above then you've missed why a freeroll is completely different to a paid-for tournament.
, please don't insult my intelligence - you sound like you think I'm just spouting without any knowledge of poker strategy
. I've placed in quite a few freerolls now, and have made serious efforts to study poker strategy from a number of books and online and in real life experience. However, this unusual case isn't about solid poker strategy, it's about basic maths, of how long you have to invest time-wise to get to a certain chip position.
One use for the strategy is you 'waste' 5 minutes to the sit very tight and not perhaps play a hand until the loosest players have bust themselves out and still have as many chips as the other players. It doesn't have to be a premium hand, because if you wait 10 hands for a decent one and then push then you won't get 10x the odds
of winning that hand, I can guarantee you that, so waiting doesn't give good value for the relative time investments required for each approach. Chuck also made the important point that putting people on hands can be very difficult early on in a freeroll. You therefore need to either take a lucky shot early like this, or play very tight poker. I just propose taking one lucky shot, so when you do immediately afterwards play more solidly, you'll have the chips to sit tight for longer.
If it's a one-off freeroll, and you can't just join another equivalent one, then you have to play it more like a normal tournament, but I'm talking about say the $1000 Prima freerolls which run several times a day.
I don't always take this approach myself - if I want to do my best in a given freeroll, then of course I won't play this approach, but if I want to get the best chance of placing in a freeroll for a given amount of playing time with an unlimited number of freeroll entries, then that's a completely different way of looking at it suggesting a completely different strategy.