When you need to stop playing the poker freerolls
Poker freerolls are extremely popular on the online poker sites with thousands upon thousands of people playing each and every day. In fact on my website
freeroll information is the one thing above all else that people are looking for.
Now freerolls are a great place to get some basic poker tournament experience, but they can teach you a lot of bad habits. The basic problem with the freerolls is that they are free! Nobody invests any of their own money so they feel that they have nothing to lose. This isn’t strictly true of course as you need to invest a lot of your time playing in poker freerolls if you ever want to be successful, and time as they say is money.
You will find a cross section of the entire poker community playing the freerolls; from absolute novices who have never played a single hand before but have maybe watched a bit of poker on the TV, to poker players of a very good standard who perhaps have a bit more time than money. This results in a situation where most of the poorer players get knocked out very early in the tournament leaving a hard-core of decent players to fight it out for the next couple of hours.
If you play a few online poker freerolls and you find yourself improving enough to make it past the first hour, it is probably time for you to move on and leave the freerolls behind. Playing a freeroll and being successful – ie winning some money – means sitting for anything from three to five hours for a prize from a prize fund of as little as $50. You could play for four hours, finish in the top ten and win less than $10!
The next step up in your poker ladder is to move on to the paid entry tournaments, even if you are only paying a dollar or two to enter. Here’s the difference between them in a nutshell. Poker freerolls typically have a total prize fund of anything from $50 to $500, this is money put up by the poker website itself so that you go there and play, brand recognition in other words. There are up to 2400 people playing in every freeroll tournament so the money per player is very small, typically $0.20 or less.
Now if you decide to opt instead for a paying tournament, even if the entrance fee is only $1, there is already five times as much money in the prize pool per player and that’s without “added” money which the poker site will often throw in to encourage more players to join the tournament. You have just as much chance of a prize in this game as in a freeroll, in fact you probably have a better chance because you don’t have as many players in the game so you stand less chance of coming up against a lucky player who will burn you with a “bad beat”.
So ask yourself the question, what would you rather spend your time doing – spending hours at a freeroll for a pittance of a prize or paying a couple of dollars and aiming for a prize that’s actually worth winning?
Article by Ian McIntosh of
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