How to play freerolls
How to play freerolls
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.