This is a discussion on Small Buyin within the online poker forums, in the Learning Poker section; When u enter in a Tournament with a "micro" buyin, about $0.02 or $0.10, what is the better way to play in the beggining ?
I play on the more aggressive side just because I don't have much to lose and typically a lot of players enter these types of tournaments so I want to build up a reasonable sized stack early on into the game.
the micro tournaments play pretty similar to freerolls and this is a post i made about freerolls some time ago:
my best advice would be to limp alot more in the early stages as "raising for isolation" is pointless because it wont isolate anyone. If you get a big hand on your first few hands (1010+, AJ+) just shove all in because you will get callers 80% of the time. Up until average stack is about 3x starting be super aggressive with your top hands and super passive with hands like 78s and just wait till you hit the straight or flush. once theres 30-40% of the field left then you can start playing regular poker.
I'll agree with most of the other responses to tighten up in the early stages, but I'll add that if you find yourself at a passive table, it's usually ok to float a few flops. If you catch lucky, there's often someone around to pay you off. It can backfire, but floating 1 (tiny) bb doesn't really hurt that much.
Well... That's what I think anyway.