Freeroll Strategy & Tactics

Freeroll Game Selection

Firstly look at the freeroll lobby in the poker client to work out the actual cash value of your seat. To do this, simply divide the prizepool by the number of registered players in the tournament. So for example, if you are playing a $100 poker freeroll tournament with 100 players, your seat is worth $1. Adding another 200 players to the game would make your seat worth $0.33 – so the less players there are in a game, the more value it offers per player.

When choosing which freerolls to play:

  • Try to find freerolls which attract a small number of players
  • look at game structure to see how quickly the blinds escalate.
  • Try to avoid turbo freerolls (games with less than 10 minute levels)
  • If you’re not willing to deposit on contribute to the prize-pool, avoid freerolls which allow players to rebuy chips – as these types of freerolls will put you at a distinct disadvantage.
  • Sometimes the best poker freerolls are restricted and passwords protected, hoever if you know the password, you can get in. Use our freeroll passwords page to get passwords for upcoming freerolls

Gain Access to Private & Passworded Poker Freerolls

Poker forums and many poker affiliate websites run their own online poker leagues + freerolls – exclusively for their site visitors and members. These private freerolls tend to have a lot of value (very few runners and a significant prizepool). Find out the requirements to play – usually it’s just a case of following them on twitter or registering on their site to receive a freeoll password to join the game.

Other sources of high-value private freerolls are poker magazines such as PokerPlayer magazine and Bluff magazine. Poker sites partner up with these media outlets to offer some great value added tournaments and freerolls with huge value – quite often including live poker event seats and packages as prizes, and satellite tickets and/or cash for those who fall short of first place.

There’s plenty of high value freerolls out there if you hunt around!

Play tight aggressive (TAG)

Don’t be the biggest donkey at the table! There’s no need to spaz off your stack before the end of level two in a game where the players are generally terrible.

There are 169 different starting hands in Texas Hold’em, but most of the profit comes from only a few of them. Choose your starting hands wisely (playing ‘tight), and try to play smallball (keep the pot small) when you’re not sure you have the best hand, and of course try to get value from your big hands.

Guide to playing TAG Poker

Identify The Different Player Types on Your Table & Take Player Notes

If you can identify different player types and their tendencies, you can use this information against them when appropriate situations arise.

e.g. You witness a hand where Player X raises on button and player Y on the big blind calls. Player X continuation bets the flop on KA5, and then instantly calls players Y’s reraise all in for an additional 40 big blinds with the very weak hand A3o (ace-rag) to win the pot.

You can definitely take a note on player X saying that they overvalue weak aces and won’t fold them regardless of bet size facing them. Later when you have 2 pair or a strong ace on an ace high board and you suspect that your opponent has a raggy ace – you can get maximum value by making huge overbets for value – knowing that your opponent will most likely call and pay you off.

Information is power – Keep your eyes open, take notes of anything which players do which you think is dubious, and use it to profit against them!

Learn ‘Pushbotting’ for short-stack Situations

Understand how to calculate your ‘M’ ratio and how to use pushbot charts in short-stack / low M situations. One of the best pushbot chart is by SNG Coach “Jennifear”, and you can access it here: here

Once you are familiar with shove and call ranges for various short-stack sizes, you will be well on your way to confident and mathematically unexploitable poker in short-stack situations.

Analyse your bust-out hands

Run the #’s in an equity calculator or ICM calculator (as appropriate) to check that your play was profitable and correct in the long-run. IF not, try to avoid similar spots in future. If you’re in doubt, post the hand in the ‘beginners questions’ section on any poker forum for feedback on your play.

Learn basic poker math / equity for common situations

Download and play with tools such as Pokerstove (free) or Combonator (Free) to understand your equity in common situations (e.g for example racing a pocket pair of 8’s vs Ace King over-cards). Modelling and learning your hand equity in a variety of different situations will help to improve and speed up your decision-making process.