This is a discussion on empty pockets within the online poker forums, in the Tournament Poker section; Free tournaments are really tough but once you get past the first break it becomes less chance and more of your own game.
Quite skilled players take part in the freerolls of our community, so our freerolls are quite complex. But nevertheless thanks to our freerolls you will be able to get a good experience and improve your skills.
The structure of a freeroll tournament has a key impact on the characteristics of how it will be played. If there are too many registered players in the tournament, or if there are too few prize places, then it is a bingo game until the period when it enters a more serious phase. You can find a lot of freeroll tournaments with a solid prize structure and not too many registered players (this is the case with most CardsChat tournaments) and they are played much more seriously from the start.
Definitely the first few levels are the most wild or toughest to navigate in a freeroll since there is no risk and many players. It's the wild wild west. If you are trying to make it to the latter stages, just play a smart game, take advantage of situations where you're hopefully getting it in good, and maybe you'll get lucky where you'll be in position to get a good cash.
Yes, many times freerolls can be a little difficult with so many players playing in such an uncontrolled way, but the game gets a little more serious as there are fewer players left and you can play a little better, of course that is not always like that but the most of the time it happens
In freerolls, it is a good idea to go all in with aces pre-flop, even in the early stages. In freerolls, your opponents play very loosely. If you only raise with your aces, you can hardly thin out the field. And even with aces you look old against 4 opponents because your equity falls below 50%. Therefore go all in preflop with your power hands in freerolls. There is always someone who calls. Things are different in tournaments with buy-in. People don't want to waste money that's why the players play tighter there. Here I would only raise with aces. With that you can thin out the field.