Bitcoin Poker Freeroll Tournaments
Ah, freerolls. The great cattle calls of the poker world. Two thousand people all mashing the “all in” button as soon as the first two cards are dealt. Half of the players inactive. People who take the full-time allotted to decide whether to call a post-up bluff. Irritating? Sure. Potential for profit? Yes
Pretty nice especially if you’re unemployed and need to fill in the extra time you have between video games and that little thing you do that requires every browser to have a “delete all history” button. Yes, the benefits abound when it comes to freerolls.
Freeroll tournaments have been a popular part of online poker since its beginning. The term freeroll goes back to before the dawn of the internet. In the 1950’s casino’s would give new guests a roll of nickels to play slot machines. These guests would ask for their “free rolls” . Over the years the term has stuck, and poker sites offering free tournament buy-ins have popularized it.
Freerolls shouldn’t be mistaken as play money tournaments. When you win a freeroll tournament, you win real bitcoin that can be used at real money tables. Bitcoin poker freerolls can add to the experience and your bankroll and experience without risking anything. It’s easy to beat these tournaments, but most of all freerolls are fun!
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Freeroll Tournament Tips
With freerolls, you can’t beat the entry price: $0.00. Freerolls are no joke, though, players like Tom Dwan have turned a win at a freeroll tournament into a million dollar professional poker playing career. Building an online poker bankroll out of nothing can be a challenge, but it’s not inconceivable.
Profession poker player Chris Ferguson went from nothing to a $10,000 bankroll in 9 months. He got his bankroll up to $28,000. Chris said: “One of the funny things about the challenge is that people would see me playing a freeroll and think I was fooling around. Are you kidding me? I was taking those freerolls dead seriously because getting money out of them was an essential part of the challenge. I was sweating on the other side praying, ‘Please fold, please fold!’” 
To take advantage of bitcoin freerolls follow these tips. First, the level of play in the early rounds is often extremely poor. Yes, you WILL be all in pre-flop with QQ against 57 suited. Yes, you WILL get knocked out in one shot as the board makes the “57 Kid” a straight, or a straight flush, just for good measure. But more often than not, you’ll come away with the chips. Your good hands will get paid, and your trash hands will be easy to toss.
Be warned: fancy plays have low value early on. Keep it simple, and more often than not you’ll go deep. I offer my condolences in advance for the times when you battle through the barbarian horde, only to lose your entire stack to consecutive two-outer and walk away with nothing more than pocket lint. After you remove your fist from the drywall, have a beer. Hit the gym. Seduce the missus.
Secondly, you should play with strong starting hands while making larger raises than you normally would. When you have a strong hand, take advantage and bet big. If you try bluffing at a freeroll tournament, you will get called.
Lastly, strong bankroll management is a must. Once you have earned bitcoin from a freeroll, you can begin playing cash games and sit n goes. Chris Ferguson had a set of rules for this. His first rule was only to play freerolls starting out. Second was not using more than 5% of his bankroll for cash game or sit n goes. With sound strategy, bankroll management, and a little luck, you could turn a freeroll tournament into $10,000 or 30 BTC.
Invest in Fun
Freerolls are a good way to put some of the enjoyment back into your play when you are burnt out from intense games. The stakes are low, so the pressure should be off. Play some cards, chat with some foreigners, have a good time. You may have visions of becoming a wealthy pro, but try to mix it up and play for entertainment now and then. It will refresh your game.
They are also a superb time to experiment with more aggressive moves. Late in the tournament, pick a right spot and put the screws to the other guy. Make someone sweat. It’s good practice, and if you get trapped, you can walk away with a lesson, without having to cough up a buy-in.
In conclusion, freerolls are great side games to play on your laptop while mainlining episode after episode of your favorite show. Just don’t blame me when your level of play is in the shitter due to lack of attention.
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