In a poker free roll you can win money, serious money, just for playing the game you love. So, how does it all work? Who are the winners here and who are the losers?
A free roll will often take time and effort to arrange. There is negotiation required by the free roll organizer, the poker platform and the affiliate side of the poker room. Each one is aiming to give away money, but make money at the same time.
The organizer gets a fee from the affiliate program for each player referred, this fee is pumped into the guaranteed prize pool. Of course, if only a few players join, the organizer is left with the remaining part of the guaranteed prize pool to cover. The organizer can be a winner if lots of players join, they also stand a chance of being a big loser. Poorly arranged free rolls can be an expensive business!
The poker room is a winner, they are getting new players on to their platform, players which they hope will stay loyal and spend more money with them.
The big winner in the world of poker free rolls is the player. You the surfer. You don't lose anything in free rolls that only require a small deposit to make you eligible. You put your money in, register for the free roll, take your shot at the prize pool and if you're lucky enough or good enough, you count your winnings.
So, how do you approach a free roll. What is the strategy for success in these events? You have to remember the event probably cost the registered players nothing to enter. So, you can expect a pretty wild time of things, at least at the beginning of the tournament. Sit back and play your rock tight game at first, get a feel for your table. Don't be afraid to push your chips in with the big hands, you're in this for free remember, so show good aggression but, selective aggression rather than blind betting!
As you approach the money position, players will be scared of playing all but the very premium hands. Take advantage of this by stealing blinds and building up your stack. If you do this successfully you should have a healthy amount of chips once you reach the money and stand a great chance of winning the whole thing from there.