Free Roll Poker Tournaments--Scratch Out Tickets--The Poker Free Lunch
Poker is, after all, anything you can get away with--and when you play free rolls, you can't get something for nothing. Most hands go to showdown, and there is first place and no place---coming in second, who cares.
In No Limit Holdem, things don't even out with time, they even out with the number of hands you play. Sometimes nothing can be a good hand....but I am rethinking free rolls.
Advice for limit applies to No Limit Free rolls: Free Roll Hold em is a game of high cards, and kickers. Likewise, in Limit Hold em, the number of players increases, so big cards must be played most of the time.
Hand selection is very important since almost all the time you are going to a showdown---the one with the best hand usually wins; and bluffing is a rather hard thing to pull off, since it only costs one small bet for Deputy Barney Fife to "keep you honest". Likewise in a free roll, calling to the river is a way of folding--the bad beats are part of free rolls, and "keeping you honest" is free. Nevertheless, You, the guy who realizes this, can bet or raise with ATC, any two cards, but your call MUST have a positive mathematical expectation. Calling for value must outweigh the risks you are taking.
INS and OUTS
For the beginner, everything is even money, when you don't know any better. Replacing that with true odds is the goal. There is one goal and many pathways. There is the psycho path way, playing like a Kramer maniac.---the push and pray NLH way, hoping to hit the flop big. There is the rocky road, playing a tight-is-right, the Jerry game of counting your outs---the number of unseen cards that will give you the best hand---the NUTS!
There is wise and there is otherwise. Generally speaking if the FLOP gives you 10 or more outs--go all the way to the river, regardless of the number of opponents in the pot.
If your draws have less than 9 outs 2 handed, that will yield you a negative result more often than not.
A Multi-handed raised pot with six or more outs =profit.
ADVICE THAT DOESN'T WORK IN FREE ROLLS:If a guy has 20k behind him, and you are first to act and bet 6K. He is really betting 20K if he calls your 6K.(the implied turn and river bets) You bet 6K. he bets 20K That is the threat of NLH, the all-in threat. PUT THE COMMITMENT ON HIM.
In The Beginning...The best way to win more is to fold more! Hand selection is really something to consider; so is position. Playing too many starting hands is the How Not to Do It way..When it is raised in front of you-Your mantra should be "I'm looking for a way to fold this AJ offsuit.