Originally Posted by Poker Larrikin
I have a problem. I play many, many freerolls (because I'm a cheapskate on a pension) on many different sites (888, PokerStars, FullTilt, Tiger Gaming and, just recently, Titan Poker as well as previously on Party Poker and PKR) and I always seem to fall short of cashing.
I am either wiped out within the the first few hands by someone calling or raising my monster pockets and then drawing out on me or being trapped late by someone slow playing their better hand.
Now, I enjoy playing poker for the sake of playing poker just like the rest of you but I would like to see some results coming through, at least every now and then.
At first I thought the poker sites were rigged but it has gone on for so long over so many different sites that I realize it must be me.
What am I missing or doing wrong? Or should I just give up the freerolls and invest some of my pension money and play higher stakes games (with my fingers and toes crossed)?
Hello. Welcome to cardschat.
I will try and give you the best advice possible. I will tell you what I think will be best, and I hope others will chime in to help (because I am not the best at advice).
First thing you need to do is post some hands from these freerolls for review.
We need to know everything. Stack sizes, position, table history, dynamics, villain tendencies, reads on villains, action on every street, bet sizes, etc., etc. Do this before investing any money in poker. Hopefully, we can see what kind of leaks, mistakes, tendencies you have or don't have.
Next thing you need to do, is listen. Don't just take every bit of advice everyone gives you, but consider all the advice given, how it applies to you, and take the good stuff to improve your game.
You say you are losing with big pockets, etc. But what we want to know is how. What happened flop/turn/river.
You have to be able to think like a poker player, on your feet.
Tournaments have extremely high variance, especially freerolls. It is going to be tough to get into the money. A good player might only be able to do this 1 in 20.
Read books. Study poker strategy
. Play poker. Read more books. Post hands here. Weigh the advice you get. Use it to improve.
Put in the work to get better. You will get better.
But some people just won't listen. They will never get better because they just don't realize poker is a game that can never be mastered. You must work on your game often to improve.
I'm not saying you are one of these people. Just sometimes people think they are so good, and they are just the most unlucky people on this earth. Poker is a game where you will get beat with the best of it. You can play perfect, and still lose. The idea is, if you continue to make better decisions than your opponents, you will win over a large sample size.
There are sections of the forum for tournament hand review, cash, etc. Have a look around at the site, jump in, and hopefully we can help you get on track.
First you must determine your skill level, and what you need to do to get better so you can start getting some results.