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Tournaments to participate in which do not require an entry fee, but winners are paid cash prizes, called freerolls. The number of
Tournaments to participate in which do not require an entry fee, but winners are paid cash prizes, called freerolls. The number of participants in freerolls often reaches several thousand. To win tournaments with so many players ' experiences in single-table S&G, it is often not enough. The information below will help you to build your strategy multi-table tournaments (MTT) in General and in poker in particular.
Conventionally, there are three problems with participation in the MTT.
Task 1: get into the prize zone
Until you get to prizes, play only the best cards, ensure that you always had a positional advantage. Usually at this stage of the tournament, the blinds are still small, and you have the opportunity for a long time to wait for a good hand.
Many opponents play freerolls casually. Given that if you lose, they lose nothing — because the tournament is free, they go all-in preflop even with a questionable karmaskaly. If you wait for strong hands, you will be able easily to overcome them.
A good position will allow you to fold, if the hand several opponents before you go all-in, and your hand is not that strong. To resist from 3-4 opponents, who came all-in preflop is risky even with a pair of pocket aces.
If a good map is not, do not be nervous. Be patient and calmly wait for "their game", despite the fact that the stacks of the opponents grow, and your not. It is long. Very soon you will "catch" the right hand, and stacks of loose players will move to you.
The closer to the bubble zone, the tighter the game becomes. Maniacs and overly loose opponents are already relegated. Those who remained, trying not to risk due to the unfortunate bad bits are out of the tournament in one step from money.
Take advantage of this and play more aggressive. Use to put pressure on your opponents stack and play strongly against opponents who have a stack smaller than yours, but avoid harsh confrontation with opponents who stack more.
Task 2: the final table
After logging in, prize all participants of the tournament winners, and the question is, what will the size of the prize. The game becomes more aggressive and uninhibited, but at the tables as well there are players who continue to use watchful waiting. These players do not count in the first place, and just want a little bit more to increase your winnings due to the departure of other players. Their task is to survive as long as possible. Use this weakness. Attack such opponents, bluff against them, steal the blinds. But be careful with aggressive opponents, especially those who have a larger stack than yours. Classic tight-aggressive style is of particular value at this stage of the tournament.
Objective 3: to win to the max at the final table
At the final table your tactics depends on the size of your stack. If the stack is large, the maximum use it and try to take first place. Steal the blinds, which are now significantly big, play aggressive.
If your stack is small, then play it carefully, because each emitted up to you the player — that's a significant increase your prize. With a small stack often you will be able to select only two actions — an all-in or fold. Therefore, all your decisions should be weighed and thought out. Don't stay too long, otherwise the blinds will eat your last chips. But too rush is not worth. Let the carnivores at your table will eat each other. It'll only raise you to a higher place in the tournament.
Short stacked short-handed does not mean that you have no chance to take first place. The situation can change in a moment. The smaller the table remains players, the more active must be your game. If you are able to adapt their tactics depending on the situation, you will get all the chances to win.
Set yourself up to win, and she will be yours!
In conclusion, we note some very important points of the game in the freerolls.
1.Blandov theft can significantly increase your stack in the later stages of the tournament. If you are on the button or the small blind, and all opponents before you have folded, that you, even having the dubious strength of the hand, can declare a big raise (or all-in) in the hope that the remaining opponents will fold. Blind stealing is a bluff. In the early stages when the blinds make up a small part of the stack, not worth the risk. In the later stages when the blinds can be 1/10 or even 1/5 of your stack, so a bluff is justified. Stealing the blinds is possible with any pocket ACE, any pocket pair or two faces. In this case, even if the opponent will answer you call, you'll still have a good chance to win the pot.
2.Care must be taken in the game with opponents who have much more of your stack and the players who have microscopic stack.
If the enemy stack is big, even a loss you will not be a significant loss. This opponent is willing to go all-in and put you under the threat of elimination from the tournament.
If the opponent's short stack, he has nothing to lose. He's willing to go all-in hoping for good luck.
If the players with the giant or the dwarf stack before the flop has not yet said its word, then join the game only with a good hand.
3.In the later stages of the tournament is always enough aggressive opponents. So for you to "pull" a different draw could prove to be unnecessarily expensive. Being in early position, you risk getting all-in from rivals for you. It is unlikely you will be to answer all in with 2-2. Therefore, in order not to risk, fold all hands that require improvement, such as: small pair or a suited ACE with a small kicker. Give preference to big pairs or AK, AQ. Play primarily from the big blind. If the flop does not improve get a drawing hand, play check-fold.
2nd October 2016, 2:53 AM
Jeshua Kane 
Online Poker at: pokerstars
always love a good freeroll
how many freerolls have you played in your life?
2nd October 2016, 9:46 AM
+1 for Kane.
Nobody cares about playing correctly in Freerolls.
Any 2 cards will do seem to be the norm.
Playing the 1K daily freeroll on Sky Poker i tried the following experiment
1) Call any bet, including all-ins with any 2 cards
2) If any part of the flop hit my cards push all in.
3) Always raise 4xBB if nobody had raised
i finished 13th out of a field of 984 for £10
I know it was horrible play but just trying to put a perspective on OP. Freerolls are donkfests and should be treated accordingly.
3rd October 2016, 7:34 PM
The ultimate goal of any poker player is to make a lot of money out of a small investment. For starting players who aren't prepared to deposit real money into their account, the best way to start funding your dream of being a high roller is to win some starting cash from an online freeroll. These free tournaments often pay out in cash, which can then be used in real money tables and tourneys.
Of course, you need to win before you'll see a dime in your bank account. Read on for some Texas Hold'Em Poker freeroll strategy designed specifically for online play.
Early Leads Are Vital
Contrary to conventional poker strategy, it is actually a great idea to go nuts and make wild calls early in a freeroll tournament. With no money on the line, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. More importantly, neither does anyone else. Your pocket queens are most likely the best hand on the board when the player before you shoves their entire stack all-in during the first five minutes. Accumulating three, four, or five times your starting number of chips (aka: the buy-in) will make progressing to the end stages very, very quickly.
Don't overestimate your opponents
If you're playing a freeroll game, it is safe to assume that your opponents aren't particularly high-level poker players. Like you, they are probably just beginners looking for a foot in the door. If a player acts like they have pocket aces, they probably do. If they're shoving money into the pot for what looks like no reason, they are probably bluffing. If you play simple, textbook poker after you've accumulated a fair amount of chips, you can usually outplay your opponents.
3rd October 2016, 8:39 PM
Who played the freerolls with a lot of players that know that the tournament is a lot of young players. They try to collect various combinations and do not pay attention to bankroll losses. Sometimes they throw in Allin all low cards indiscriminately. To leave tournament with a premium card odds by more than ordinary tournaments.
3rd October 2016, 8:58 PM
Online Poker at: ACR
re: Poker & How to play freerolls
Make your stack quick. Then tighten up, but push harder with good hands. You'll have fold equity at that time especially against small stacks. I avoid confrontations with other big stacks, never know if you lose to a better opening hand or a ridiculous bad beat.
3rd October 2016, 9:16 PM
I agree with most of the original post. That's pretty much the way I face freerolls.
4th October 2016, 4:55 AM
Play safe! just make it the prize pool zone, then just try to survive if you dont have a big stack. Be pattiente cause something freerolls last forever before the bubble.
4th October 2016, 9:54 PM
Poker at: pokerstars
Steady early phase, play only very good hands, in mid phase you can loosen up a bit, and try to steal some blinds. Be aware of who is sitting at your table, and take a note of what cards they are playing. If you do that, that should give you some idea of how to play.
5th October 2016, 2:02 PM
Online Poker at: pokerstars
It all depends on the structure of the freeroll , if it's a turbo or faster you cannot wait for the good hands to come , you have to play looser ,less tighter . Generallyin a freeroll at the beginning , you might try to play more hands in your attempt to build a big stack . All the other mentioned about the middle stage of the tournament and afterwards are ok with me .
5th October 2016, 2:15 PM
Poker at: ACR
Not all Freerolls are Freerolls (betonline) and not all Freerolls are created equal. Some freerolls are better to play than others. As an example, you are playing in a $25.00 dollar freeroll where the top prize is around $5.25 and yet there's a rebuy/addon component that costs you $1.00. If only the top 3 or 4 players in the tournament are even going to win that rebuy/addon back this may be a tournament to avoid. Another example is the Freeroll with the initial starting stack of 1500 chips but a rebuy/addon of 3000 chips or more for just the small cost of $1.00 dollar. Again, these freerolls may not be worth the time and effort. And speaking of that, then you have the freerolls that freeroll you into another satellite tournament, but you are again looking at a rebuy/addon in the preliminary tournament that doesn't even get you into the main event.
5th October 2016, 2:18 PM
Online Poker at: carbon
re: Poker & How to play freerolls
yip yip yip says Playful, any two cards will do in playing freerolls lol
5th October 2016, 2:50 PM
Poker at: ACR
After winning my first freeroll, I knew it could be done. I have consistently, slowly been making money ever since.
5th October 2016, 3:26 PM
Online Poker at: bet on line
winning the free roll is great providing you can get the pass word last week I waited an hour trying to get the pass word that I was told was coming.
didn't get it
5th October 2016, 7:00 PM
Poker at: PartyPoker
Actually I play Freerolls about the same way I play paid tournaments as I always like to finish ITM anyway.
Therefore I normally play tight in the beginning and a little loose close to the bubble and at the FT and when the table has less players (5 to 7 players in a 9P table).
The only difference is that I know the players are used to be more loose in Freerolls than in paid tournaments where they spent their money and will not shove with any hand like a see in some Freerolls and also when I get eliminated in a Freeroll I feel not so sad as if it was a paid tournament!
7th October 2016, 8:33 PM
Online Poker at: PS/888
Play safe is a good idea. In Freerolls a bad beat is extremely common. Some players pay all-in with really bad hands (maybe they are bored) and it rises the chance of lost by unlucky.
14th October 2016, 6:52 AM
Poker at: NLOP
yeahh I play the same way in free rolls as I do in tournaments..very tight when I hit the bubble I play loose..I get the feel of all the players and how they play..