Chip up Early
Please do not read any further on the Chip up Early
strategy if you:
- Are a poker purist who could never make a stupid donk move
- Would hate to be one of those freeroll donks that goes all in with 2 7
- Want to kill people that go all-in first hand of an MTT freeroll
- Are playing freerolls to gain knowledge and insight to use on the money tables
If you are still reading this, then you are probably a freeroll donk. Detested by the poker purists, you have decided to win freeroll money the best way you know how - donking!
First, let me defend the chip up early strategy by saying that you cannot play poker with the goal of making friends. You must have a goal in mind, and do whatever it is that helps you best attain that goal. This means playing like a stupid donk in big field freerolls.
The Chip up Strategy
Most freeroll guides will tell you to play tight in the beginning. This is very bad advice, because there are many, many, many easy chips available in the beginning. And, we are not really interested in playing in a freeroll unless we are one of the chip leaders. So, how do we insure that we are always a chip leader?
By downloading 5-10 poker rooms, you can assure that you have a several freerolls to play every hour. Plan out a timetable of all the freerolls, and get to donking! That's right, go all-in several times within the first 10 minutes. You will get called, don't worry. Most of these you will lose (lose only a few minutes of time that is, no money), but a few you will double/triple up. With those few, stay aggressive until you have curtailed your tournaments to the 2-5 that you can handle. Now tighten up and enjoy your status as one of the chip leaders. We are only going to play large field freerolls when we have a better shot at winning. This is to save on our only investment - time.
You will be hated. You will be called a donk. But, you will find that your money won/time spent ratio has increased dramatically.