My First ITM on Freerolls
Yes, the title of this post is surprising! I FINALLY Could get my first ITM on the freerolls
1st, why freerolls?
Well, I am a relatively new poker player. I actually play for a while but since 2 weeks I decided to really study poker. I was out of money and found some Freerolls over the internet. BINGO, my chance to practice and don't loose any money.
I Strongly suggest every new player to register in PokerStars
school of poker, and start playing their OpenSchool freerolls. That gave me real good insights about outs and odds
, some strategy to play SnGs, and some tickets to higher freerolls.
OK, 2 weeks studying and training.
Loosing one after the other, and considering the hands where I lost all my chips. A Mix of Bad beats with lack of patience to study the player and the hand situation, BANG, there goes NKGB13 out of another freeroll.
Yesterday, I decided to really play poker, like a champ. Got an strategy and stick to it (sorry for the bad English by the way). Studied EVERY single hand, gone wild sometimes, but knowing my risks.
2 Freerolls, 2 ITMs.
1 Turbo - I tried to play like PS 2cents Hyper Turbo, thinking all the time "They will Pay", so, no marginal hands, no lower pairs, Monster hands with basically all in or 4 - 5 bbs raises depending on position. That went reaaaly well. I finished this tournament in 64 out of 7000. Small prize but the joy of getting into ITM.
The other one was a regular tournament. Little different strategy, allowing myself to see the flop with group 3 hands, (QJo, AJ, KJ, KQ etc..). Betting hard when I decided to go on a hand, putting my opponents into pressure of seeing a flop with an A, 7 for example. That strategy really works for regular games. I avoided all the time to play off position. I needed that advantage all the times. A good tip for these kind of tournaments, DON'T BE AFRAID TO FOLD WITH A QQ OR KK OR A GOOD DRAW.. Your opponent can have equal chances of having the draw or the hand made already, for that, study odds and outs and make a good choice. I even folded with AA when a straight was a possibility for my opponent (Some will say I did wrong, some will agree with me, but that was my strategy and I stick to it until the end). I controlled myself to stay with an average stack, gone all in just to call other all ins with a monster hand. Got to the final table with a stack a bit below of the average. Then I controlled myself, being the 2nd lower stack I got to my Turbo tournaments strategy, all in with Monster hand.
Again, got to 7th position out of 40 players.
End of history. 55 cents more rich (that's 550% higher than I had before) and proud of getting there. Now I'll practice even more and adapt my strategy to get into final tables with a good stack. Let's see!
And what about you. Tell your success history. I've read a few before getting my own and that helped a lot..