Most poker sites out there will offer players a chance to play poker for free competing for some “Free money” , costing them nothing but their time. Therefore, a lot of players will look to go all in in the first few rounds and gain a large chip advantage at start, making them leaders for later. Best strategy in these tournaments is not playing very cautiously. Play hard, but only play aggressively when you have a strong hand, especially when there is a large pot involved, because even at early stages, there are always some players who are willing to gamble even with weak hands, there is nothing worse than losing to them.
Playing cautiously is a good way to make money in general, but if you win one euro, and it costs you four hours of hard and careful game-play, then it’s not really worth it. When you are playing a free-roll that attracts hundreds of different players, look to wait for your chance and strike strategically. If there are several players on the table who are always pushing all ins, then sit back and let them battle it out, wait for the situation to calm and the start going in more. The key to free tournaments is to increase your stack as much as possible at start, without risking it on weaker cards. After that you should continue playing hard but aggressive, in order to accumulate more chips. In the last phases of the tournament you should try to play as hard as you can, your goal is to win money.
Coming back in free roll tournaments. When you realize that even after playing hard and aggressive you stack is still too small, you need to change your tactics. The mark of a great player is the ability to adapt, everyone can have a bad day and be unlucky, but they only real players can come back and still make an impact on the tournament. At this moment what you need to do is start playing passively and only play with best possible hands. Try waiting for something like TT to AA and then going all in before the flop. At the later stages of the tournament more and more players, even though those who have been playing aggressively from the start will try to play bit more closed, that is a good time to try to figure out which of these players aren’t there to win the tournament, but to win some money and apply the “raise or fold” tactics on them.
If you come to the final table and realize your stack is too little, there are only two things you can do, all in or fold, it really is that simple. If you have a decent pile, you can try playing more rounds and only betting on strong hands, maximizing your gain. If you have a strong stack then it is a good idea to challenge those players, whose stacks are smaller, with almost any good hand. When the players begin to leave the table make sure you raise and re-raise, never drag, unless in the middle position. Reaching the final table in free tournament may be hard, but it can result in getting some cash and not costing you anything other than your time.