Originally Posted by Unfinished Business
I've been finding it very difficult to get any action if I go all-in preflop with a whale of a hand but when I don't, I get played back at and end up losing the hand to some trash hand. This is happening in freerolls, as right now that's all I play. I'm guessing that is a big part of the problem. People have nothing to lose so they just play awful hands and run the good hands down.
I find with freerolls, which is what I mostly play at the moment, if I can get past that initial spurt of everyone wanting to build a stack then it settles down.
You can pretty much guarantee on 888
that for the first few hands of a freeroll there will be a few people going all in so there's no point calling unless you are preped to go all in too. Then when this activity dies down there are people at every table with a big stack. They'll use this to bully you so you're still in the same situation.
If you can weather those storms things tend to settle a bit. The further into the freeroll the more settled it gets. I think I play best when I play really tight, over time it seems to work against loose aggressive players. But I have to remind myself to do this - and having some predetermined structure, which shifts with my position and stack size, does help with this.
I also think it's too easy to remember the negative hands. I know I had AA beaten twice yesterday by garbage - but I probably also had my share of luck too although I couldn't tell you the specifics. This is probably just high card infatuation. If you look at a printed list of odds some of the differences mathematically are miniscule yet when someone loses a hand they often behave as though they've literally been burgled.