Originally Posted by dealio96
I don't think Freerolls will damage your game bc most of the time you're in a freeroll you know you have nothing to lose, so you play a wider range of hands as opposed to knowing your in a real money game and playing only premium hands.
I wouldn't open up the range too much. I play the same hands, I'm just prepared to go all-in more in the early stages then zip it up and wait for the initial shootout to end.
Usually in freerolls I consider there are two bubbles :
1. The idlers bubble. The players that have registered but have been sitting out for the entire event. They have roughly the same amount of chips and after some time they are easy to spot. Depending on the site you play and the tourney you're in, the idlers bubble might matter or not but be on the lookout.
2. The actual bubble.
If you have some at your table, you can exploit the idlers and auto-fold them to steal their blinds a lot when you have the opportunity. And when the idlers start blinding out of the tables, keep an eye on the remaining players, it'll start dropping real fast and the "real game" begins.
Originally Posted by horizon12
Play freerolls harmful and then have to spend money to get rid of all the bad habits that can be picked up there .
If you play a freeroll like a freeroll there's no reason for it to damage your chops.
If you don't try to outdonk players in a freeroll, I don't see how you would do it later on a "real" game.
For me, they are actually a really good way to take part in a "real" event and practice counting your outs and minding up your odds
in a situation that isn't play money. In this sense, I sometimes register to purposely limp in with speculative hands that I wouldn't normally play just to get an opportunity to be "stuck" with a drawing hand and call a bet or not strictly based on odds.
I save that hand history and review my play afterwards to see if I made the right calls. When the gamblers are out of the picture after the initial shootout, the remaining people play their "regular" game. Whatever that means.