What is a good MTT freeroll strategy?

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What is a good MTT freeroll strategy?

Postby exabet » Wed Oct 17, 2007 9:43 pm

Been thinking about this since the Blogger Championships when I busted out on 690th place. I knew I could have lasted longer but really lacked the patience especially when I was so dead tired.

So now I'm in this freeroll for entry to another event. It awards 27 places. I'm currently 13th in chips in a field of 2400 players remaining (10000 originally). Should I just sit out every hand to make the last 27? My chip count is now at 30k, top is around 60k, average is 6k. Everyone started out with 1500.
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Re: What is a good MTT freeroll strategy?

Postby exabet » Wed Oct 17, 2007 10:15 pm

chips still around 43k, 40th in chip count out of 1000
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Re: What is a good MTT freeroll strategy?

Postby exabet » Wed Oct 17, 2007 10:17 pm

funny I once hit AA, 86o, AA then AQo and won all of them but super small pots...sick...
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Re: What is a good MTT freeroll strategy?

Postby exabet » Wed Oct 17, 2007 11:50 pm

Running for 3 hrs 14mins, hoho 35th out of 185, still have 130k left. top guy has 334k, average is 78k, blinds are 1000/2000 with 100 ante. Think i might just fold every hand.
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Re: What is a good MTT freeroll strategy?

Postby exabet » Thu Oct 18, 2007 1:02 am

currently 8th of 54, I'm glad I made it so far out of 10k players...hope i can get in the top 27
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Re: What is a good MTT freeroll strategy?

Postby exabet » Thu Oct 18, 2007 1:35 am

6 out of 31. People are bubbling out. I'm captain of my table! Arrrgggh!
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Re: What is a good MTT freeroll strategy?

Postby exabet » Thu Oct 18, 2007 2:05 am

Sorry just realised I'm updating this in the wrong section, thought its all for MTT but seems to be only strategy...

Anyway I cleared the bubble so I have a free ticket to the next freeroll...

Just saw a guy who had 5k chips on the bubble and was able to bust out...he caught a miracle trips with 2 4 offsuit then went on to double up again with a9o, catching ace on the river...so sick...he delayed everyone by sitting out and even then the last hand he was forced to play it as he basically got anted out. Now he has 100k chips and I went down from a high of 800k to 400k (cos bubble ended and the tourney is 5 hours long and counting), and I believe he'd finish higher than me. LOL
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Re: What is a good MTT freeroll strategy?

Postby exabet » Thu Oct 18, 2007 3:07 am

Lol it has been an insane ride, although it was just a freeroll for tickets to the next freeroll but I'm proud to say I'm very happy I didn't give up and finally I came in FIRST! Numero Uno fishy out of 10000 fishes! 6 hours and I'm glad to say I persevered through it and didn't give up. Although I already had the ticket but I carried on because I really wanted to get numba one! Sorry if I sound hyper cos really lack of sleep, gonna go sleep now and update more later from office!

Heres when I reached the final table.
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Re: What is a good MTT freeroll strategy?

Postby exabet » Thu Oct 18, 2007 3:11 am

Last hand, straight to Q, opponent had straight to 10. I pretty much had crippled his stack on the previous hand with a trap so he had no choice but to shove it when he got the straight.
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Re: What is a good MTT freeroll strategy?

Postby Acehighflush » Mon Nov 22, 2010 12:18 am

Introduction
In this Article

* What are freerolls
* Increase your bankroll without risk

Freerolls are tournaments that are free to enter. That's the good news. The bad news is that you usually can't win much money. They are still worth playing, however.

* Freerolls help you lay the foundation for your bankroll. Many players have already illustrated that it is possible to move up in the game without having to spend a single penny.
* Freerolls are a free opportunity to gain experience. It is very hard to gain the necessary experience of playing at the final table, simply because you very rarely get to see it. How often do you enter a tournament and how often do you see the final table in the end? Freerolls give you a cost free chance to train playing a final table.
* Freerolls are fun. You're not risking a loss and a large variety of people enter these tournaments, some of whom are worth getting to know.

The fact that this type of tournament is free to enter also means it has a number of special features, you might even say peculiarities. This article explains what these peculiarities are and what strategy to use when entering a freeroll.
What are your opponents like?

Although there are players who take every type of poker very seriously, freerolls tend to predominantly attract the following two types of people:

* The type of person that hasn't got a clue about poker.
* The type of person that couldn't care less about the tournament.

The players either don't know what they're doing or just want to have a laugh. And once you've played a table full of these types of players, you'll know what this means: A good game of poker is another thing entirely.

* Your bets and raises are not respected.
* It's hard to guess what cards your opponents are holding.
* Complex moves are generally "too complex" and useless.

A freeroll sometimes comes across as a kind of private poker event. Someone always blows a fuse somewhere along the line and throws all their chips into the pot without being able to say why.
Playing poker with a big hammer

If you aim to win a freeroll, then your opponents dictate the strategy you need to use: you have to play with a big hammer - rough and simple.

* Only play good starting hands.
* Make big raises and bet large. Bigger than in a normal game.
* If you've got a good hand, then go on the attack.
* If you have nothing, leave it. Don't bluff.

That's it basically. Wait for the good cards and then you're on your way. A detailed look reveals there are three distinct stages:

* The early stage: The chip stacks are pretty high compared to the blinds. You have more than 25 big blinds worth of chips.
* The late stage: The blinds have gone up considerably. Your chip stack amounts to less than 25 big blinds.
* The final table: This is the decisive stage. You've reached the last table.

How do you play the early stage?

In the early stage of a freeroll you will not be able to thin the field of players by making a normal raise. And even with two aces you don't like the situation when four opponents see the flop with you. Therefore if you have a strong starting hand you should go all-in before the flop.
Before the Flop

Go all-in from any position if you're holding AA, KK, QQ or AK, even if someone has raised before you.

If you're sitting in middle or late position you should also go all-in with JJ or AQ, as long as no one has raised before you.

If you're holding smaller pairs from two sixes upwards in middle or late position you should raise from four (or more) big blinds, as long as there hasn't been a raise up till then.

In late position you can afford to see the flop even if you have speculative cards, as long as there hasn't been a raise. That means you are limping (only calling the big blind) with: two fives, fours, threes, twos, a suited ace and the so-called middle to high suited connectors. These are two sequential cards of the same suit, such as a seven and six or a queen and jack.
After the Flop

The central question after the flop is: Do you have anything? If not, then the round is over for you.
If you have two pairs or better, then you go all-in.

If you're holding a flush draw or open-ended straight draw (OESD), you should only go all-in if a number of opponents have already continued to put chips in the pot.

If you're holding a top pair, i.e. a pair made up of one of your starting cards and the highest community card, then you only go all-in if you have a maximum of two opponents. Proceed very carefully if you're playing against more than two opponents.
How do you play the late stage?

The late stage begins when you only have about 20-25 big blinds left in chips. The strategy you have to follow in this case is: raise or fold. So you either raise or fold preflop. And as soon as an opponent after or before you raises you should go all-in or fold, depending on the cards you have, of course. Just pressing the call button with the intention of looking at a flop or limping is strictly prohibited from now on.

Take a close look at the players with low chip stacks. You'll need decent cards to play against them, because they're just waiting for the opportunity to throw all their chips in.

Be sure not to challenge aggressive players who have more chips than you do. You'll need to have a strong hand to play them.
Before the Flop

Raise in any position if you're holding AA, KK, QQ, JJ, TT or AK to about four big blinds. If anyone raises that, go all-in.

Also raise in middle or late position if you're holding a pair of nines. This also goes for KQ, AJ and AQ. If someone raises after you, you should go all-in if you're holding any of these hands, except the KQ and AJ - if you hold those two hands you should fold to the raise.
After the Flop

At this stage the round is decided on the flop at the latest. This is simply because the pot is so big, that you won't be able to back out once you've decided to continue playing.

If you've raised preflop and only have one opponent, then bet about half or two-thirds of the pot with any hand. If you are raised, then go all-in with any top pair or better, or a flush draw. This also goes for when you haven't hit anything, but your two starting cards are higher than any community card (overcards).
How do you play the final table?

Basically, the strategy used for the late stage is also used for the final table, except for a few small differences. You should pay even more attention to the positions and use those fortunate moments, when all players before you fold and you're the first who is able to raise.

Have respect for opponents who raise in early position. More often than not they really are holding something good.

If someone in early position raises, go all-in with AA, KK, QQ, JJ and AK.

If someone in middle position has raised, then also go all-in with a pair of tens, nines or AQ.

If nobody has raised so far and you are in early or middle position, then go all-in with any pair from nine upwards as well as with AK, AQ and AJ.

If you're in late position, you should also go all-in with two sevens, two eights and KQ, if no one has raised before you.


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