Originally Posted by Fahrenheit451
KP recommends to do nothing in early stage. Why not use this time learning smallball ? I'm not risking anything cause I bet small, only that second stage can come a little bit earlier in I'm unlucky. When my stack goes below ~ 15BB I switch to push/fold mode
You're making my point about info overload. By trying to learn and use a lot at once, you're missing some important parts. Like the fact that smallball is better suited to deep stack poker. Being early in a tournament doesn't mean the stacks are deep.
For instance, the WSOP
ME has 30k starting stacks (300bb) and 2-hour levels (roughly equivalent to 1 hour online). In the ME, if you still have exactly 30k at the end of day 1 (5 levels, so 10 hours), you have 75bb.
In your freerolls, if you begin with say 1500 and 10/20 blinds, you only have 75bb right off the bat. Obviously, starting with 300bb fits the smallball style much better than starting with 75bb. And the balance tips even more because your freeroll structure increases a lot faster. If you have exactly the starting stack at the end of 5 hours (roughly equivalent to 10 hours live), you likely have only a small fraction of 1bb, not 75bb.
In addition, even with deep, slow structures, smallball is more than seeing cheap flops and playing flop or drop. You have to outplay people once in a while. This is easier to do when they are reasonably capable of folding. How well does this describe your freeroll opponents?
A related part of smallball's foundation is having an advantage in post-flop skill. You use that and position to make up for playing modest cards. Again, how well does this apply to you in your games?
And your recomendation is ?
Play SC or throw them away ?
Or maybe go to high buyin tournaments where I'm at big skill disadvantage and try KP strategy ?
My recommendation is not to think in a binary manner; i.e. always or never play SC. It's situational. So how good or bad it is to play them varies.
It's obviously not a great idea to buy directly into MTTs where you're out-classed. But you can satellite in or sometimes get a free ticket to play. When you're outclassed, your best shot is to play fewer pots but bigger ones. So NP applying KP principles in these situations.
But, these situations aren't normal. Have you demonstrated that you can play solid enough poker to produce decent results in your usual games at your current level, freerolls? If not, then you should work on that first before thinking about KP, smallball, etc. Think of it as laying the foundation upon which you'll build your game - after the foundation is laid and has set.