Freeroll poker tournaments offer you chances to win lots of money or free registration to other tournaments without risking a dime of your own. One of the more interesting aspects of freerollers is the ability to practice the tournament format without using real money.
Below is a strategy that you can try during your next Freeroll Event. There are four steps you should follow and you will need to play one of the following to win:
- Look for an available spot in the tournament at the table ahead of you. Freerollers have an average of about 20 hands per hour during their session. You should be looking for a table where the number of players is less than 20.
- Raise the blinds by at least 100000% of the usual blind amount.
- Continue to raise the blinds, unless there are two or three players after your slot that you would like to play against.
- When you get a relatively good hand, make a big raise, so the table can fold.
- Raise the blinds again.
Your aim in this stage should be to get all of the players to fold, and to ensure there is an easy way out of the game for those that decide to stay. You don’t want any of the players to get a better hand than you.
Once you at least manage to get two or three players out, you can change your starting hand, as we suggested above. However, you don’t want to do this in the meanwhile, because some players will keep on raising in order to see the flop where you had some good hands.
Then, when the flop comes, you should re-raise the blinds, and try to get as many players out of the game as possible. This is because they might have a better hand than you. The good thing about freerolls is that you don’t have to pay much to see the flop.
The objective is to win the Vodka138, so once you have made it to the late stages, if you have a hand that should be a winner, you should keep on playing it. Some games finish in a split second, and when your hand is over, it’s over. The objective during the tournament is to win it, not win it straight.
At the end of the day you have to pay blinds, buy-ins and take risks to win. The most important ones are the ones you don’t win, but you keep playing until you do. If you win, of course you do, but you paid blinds, so you can’t play your great hands all the time.
And you have to remember that it’s a tournament and something that happens, so you have to learn to accept losses. On the other hand, you have to get back in the game and play with the same enthusiasm once you do make it to the final table.
Strategies differ during freeroll poker tournaments depending on the advantages or disadvantages of the players before you. If you are willing to wait for a good hand, you will be on the first one and you will wait for a while before you can get a decent hand. Players’ moves are often influenced by blind levels and chip positions. If you wish to succeed in the long term, you should try to play long-term. If you have a weak hand, you shouldn’t play against cranks. Depending on your stack, you can’t always depend on it, but if you have a high hand and someone with the same hand is drawing, you should play back at this person even if you are dubious of your hand first. Being in the first position at the table gives you a lot of opportunities to make a hand, even if you don’t make it rich.
Some things you should pay attention to at the beginning of the tournament: if the blind levels are low, almost all players tend to tight up, so if you have some hands with value, like a small pair or an ace and a kings ace, you might want to play aggressively against a player who has a freeroll 6 or 7 on the table (millions of players have done so, including myself!). After a while, you will see more players’ who are willing to put in a big raise in the middle of the game to steal the blinds. Play a bit more carefully against these players, don’t call an all-in unless you have the nuts. Many times you will see two flops with two high cards and no flush or straight, so if you have something play aggressively, but decide how aggressively depends on the players at the table.
When you play a tournament, you always need to have a good overview of all the actions being taken by every player at the table.