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PostSubject: TREAT THE FREE ROLLS SERIOUSLY. NLHE Advise by FundelMental   Sat Dec 19, 2009 3:19 pm

Dec 19, 2009 5:15ET

NLHE Advise
Here's an article on ways to succeed in online freerolls. I thought it
might be helpful. A couple of tips might be questionable. Hope you
enjoy it:

*Online Poker Freerolls* are a unique breed amongst poker tournaments
and require a certain way of playing in order to succeed. Here are 12 top
tips that will help you succeed in online poker freeroll tournaments.

1. Be patient.
I've put this rule first as I believe patience is the number one most
important quality required to do well in the freerolls. One important
point to bear in mind is that freerolls usually have hundreds of entrants
and can take several hours to complete. If you want to be there at the
final table you will need to be very patient.

2. Be Aggressive.
Freerolls are multi-table tournaments and you will usually be seated at
a table of ten all the way through the tournament. This is a good
thing in a way as it means you don't need to adjust your play to suit a
shorter table, but it does mean that when you do have a good hand you need
to play it aggressively. Top pairs like Aces and Kings should always
be raised strongly pre-flop as they can often come unstuck after the
flop. Whenever you get a good hand, ie a high pair or AKs, AQs, you must
be aggressive.

3. Play less hands.
As well as being aggressive you need to be controlled and play less
hands. Don't be tempted to play hunches, sit tight and wait for the good
hands then play them aggressively. A good rule of thumb is to throw away
any hand that contains a card that's lower than an eight.

4. Use your table position.
If you are first or second in the betting, a King 10 isn't a very good
hand. There are nine players to follow you and if any of them have a
pair or an Ace or a King with Queen or Jack then you are struggling.
However if you are at the end of the betting and you can "limp in" with a
call or check, then your KT becomes an altogether better prospect.
Nobody has raised yet so your King might be good and it is certainly worth
seeing the flop.

5. Vary your play.
Although you need to be patient and wait for a good hand, don't become
too predictable. If you only play the big hands and always raise then
your opponents will simply back down and let you take the blinds. The
trouble with this is you won't be winning enough in blinds to keep your
head above water as you are playing too few hands. You need to vary your
style of play and become hard to read.
6. Avoid bluffing.
Bluffing should be avoided, except on very rare occasions. As there are
always ten people at the table there is a very high chance that
someone will have a good hand each time and will want to go against you, even
if you go all in. All in on a bluff is almost suicidal at the online
poker freerolls, there's nearly always somebody prepared to call you and
you have little chance of surviving.

7. Watch your opponents and learn their playing style.
You can learn a lot of valuable poker information just by watching your
opponents at the table. Do they bet almost every hand, do they sit
back and wait for a good hand (like you!), do they fold easily at the
first sign of a raise, do they just want to see a free card, is there a
"maniac" who raises every hand?

8. Concentrate on the game.
If you want to find out how your opponents play, you need to
concentrate fully on what you're doing. Don't write emails while your playing or
surf other sites, and turn off that TV!
9. Avoid hesitation.
If you hesitate before you make your move then it is seen as a sign of
weakness. In online poker freerolls you can't watch your opponent's
reaction or see them sweat and one of the few "tells" that you have is the
speed at which your opponent makes his move. The worst sin here is to
hesitate for a while then check, you have just told the table you don't
have a hand but you want to see the next card. You will simply be
raised straight out of the hand.but if you have the nuts click for xtra time to make them think your onsure.

10. Don't chase draws.
It can be very tempting when you see that you have a straight draw, (eg
you've got a 6 7 and there's a 5 and 8 in the flop) but the reality is
that this hand rarely produces a winner. If you can see the other
cards free or for a cheap call then by all means take a look, but remember
at this point you have absolutely nothing and your opponents have
almost certainly got at least a pair.

11. Remember that your opponents will play different cards from you.
Just because you are doing everything right doesn't mean that they will
too! People will play all sorts of hands, especially in an online
poker freeroll and you can expect some crazy bad beats. Particular
attention should be paid to the possibility of straights, if there are three
cards on the table like 5 6 8 for example, there's a good chance somebody
might be playing with a 7 4!

12. Treat the freerolls seriously.

Although you're not investing any money to take part in the online
poker freerolls, you are investing a chunk of your time so take them
seriously. They are a good training ground for learning poker tournament
skills and to win one is a very good achievement. Not to mention you will
win some money!
---End Quote---
This is how i play i wait for poket pairs,high cards like
AK,AQ,AJ,A10. that and high pockets i raise pre flop ,low poket pairs i limp unless
i catch a guy i suspect is trying to buy one and i have low pokets.
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PostSubject: Re: TREAT THE FREE ROLLS SERIOUSLY. NLHE Advise by FundelMental   Sun Dec 20, 2009 7:50 pm

Great Post man...I totally agree with you on everything here. Freerollin is a great way to build your skillz because you have to play premium hands and you really learn how to play the other players at the same time. This game is not about luck....of course there is luck involved and the bad beats can happen....but if you play the odds and play smart, the majority of the time you will become a winner. I know because I've built my bankroll from absolutely nothing.....spent alot of time freerolling to get there. It has given me an invaluable lesson into the game of poker.

Thanks again Fundel!
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PostSubject: Great Post   Fri Jan 01, 2010 5:47 pm

I always try to do the freerolls that way but lately I've been getting bounced by some sick hand that the person shouldn't have been in
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PostSubject: Re: TREAT THE FREE ROLLS SERIOUSLY. NLHE Advise by FundelMental   Fri Jan 01, 2010 10:17 pm

Sounds GOOD Idea
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PostSubject: Re: TREAT THE FREE ROLLS SERIOUSLY. NLHE Advise by FundelMental   Sun Jan 03, 2010 12:54 pm

I do exactly this... And I ALWAYS get caught up either pushing all-in with the nuts pre-flop or on the flop and getting eff-ed by the guy that called me with 7/4o and hitting trips. Or, I slow play and there is NOTHING on the board and the guy has the same 7/4o and hits it, again, on the river for 2 pr.

I know that all hands get beaten all the time, but how do I guard myself against this awful, awful play that winds up winning and putting me out of the tourney?

I also know that I can't prepare for every hand or every type of player, but it seems that when I get put out it's by one of these players with one of these hands. And it doesn't even depend on what point in the tourney it is! Playing for ITM where the player would be down to less than 3 BB if he loses or playing for final table and the player wouldn't even have enough to cover the ante if he loses. It's like they know what cards are coming!

I'm not saying the games are "rigged" nor do they favor one player over another or that the hand is predetermined and one player is picked to win (what happens if they fold? Is another player picked?). I'm just saying that there is TOO MUCH bad play and it is paid off (I also understand that I see almost 10x more hands on-line so the occurence of these hands is greater).

For instance, I just got put out of the BLT by a guy that had A/5h and called my push with A/K with A/J/10 on the flop, 6 on the turn (when I pushed) and he hits a 5 on the river. I had him better than 4 to 1 to win the hand, so I read him correctly and I believe I made the right play, so why do I wind up losing more than I should?
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PostSubject: Re: TREAT THE FREE ROLLS SERIOUSLY. NLHE Advise by FundelMental   Sun Jan 03, 2010 4:06 pm

Great topic. Thanks for the effot and sharing.

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PostSubject: one more tip   Tue May 18, 2010 4:45 am

ive always thought it best to create an agressive table image,early on allowing me to steal blinds once inawhile
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PostSubject: Re: TREAT THE FREE ROLLS SERIOUSLY. NLHE Advise by FundelMental   Sun Jun 06, 2010 5:07 pm

good post I enjoyed it.
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PostSubject: Re: TREAT THE FREE ROLLS SERIOUSLY. NLHE Advise by FundelMental   Fri Sep 10, 2010 3:21 pm

I agree 100% sick of getting donked off by ppl that dont play real poker
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