Originally Posted by WurlyQ
If you're not good enough to beat freerolls, you'll just lose your initial deposit anyways.
Not at all, I started trying to build from nothing but i just could not be arsed sitting thru 5 hrs of play to win a minuscule amount of money, hats off to chris ferguson and anyone else that can do it b/c they must have the patience of a saint but i dont think its the right road for a lot of people.
In my case, i was young free and single when i really started to get into poker and had a nice amount of disposable income to play with at the tables, the best route for me was to deposit and learn my lessons the hard way, the way doyle, chip reese etc all learnt, by losing your hard earned cold cash. I'm not talking huge amounts of money here, like $50-100 max each time i deposited but it was enough to make me be annoyed about losing through mistakes i made and subsequently learn from said mistakes.
It's all dependant on your own personal circumstances, how much disposable income you have, how much time you have on your hands and what kind of poker you want to play in the future, if you know you want to play MTT's and become a guru of that field then yeah i dont see the harm in learning to trudge through all the freerolls and build up from nothing but say for example you want to play cash, just deposit like $50 and play 2nl FR, it's pretty impossible to go broke playing 2nl with 25 BI's imo.