Freerolls are always fun
I have to admit, I like freerolls. You have some of the craziest hands you will ever see happening there. The players are horrible, but its not just 1 or 2 or 10 horrible players, you have to go against a whole army. Usually you can get into the money with a little bit of patients and a couple lucky hands (by lucky I mean you were ahead when you got your money in, behind after he sucked out on the turn and ahead again after the river or similiar...). I played in Noble's $100 freeroll finishing 40th paid out 30, which sucked but it was a good experience. Things I learned...
1) A bad player will call of his chip stack instead of raising all in.
2) A bad player will put all his chips at risk randomly for no reason
3) A bad player will talk trash to you after they get put out on a hand where they made a bad move which enabled you to make a questionable move to win the pot
there is more, but too much to post.
Here were some interesting hands I was involved in early..
The Dreaded Aces (by dreaded I mean when you get delt them early on in a freeroll and know you will have to put all your money in the pot preflop to defend them)...
I am the NPR.... in the hand, the one with aces...
Really not much to discuss here,
Some raised to 200 preflop with 25 suited
the guy to my right reraised all in with 88
and I called
Flop was paired with two clubs and an 8
Turn was junk
and an Ace on the river to save me...
Afterwards the guy with the 8s went on just got knocked out tilt in the chat window, and preceded to tell me how lucky i was...
A few hands later, with a large chipstack I get into this situation... this is the more interesting hand...
Second to act calls
I call (Js9s)
person to my right calls
person two seats to my right calls
person to the right of him moves all in for $690
person to his right calls
fold,fold,fold to me
pot is 2270 to me, 650 to call
3.5-1 preflop odds to call suited connectors, and I have about 3600 chips so the call cost 1/6 of my chips...
ok, so normally I will fold this hand, but how can I get away from this hand in a freeroll in this situation?
Only guy not all in besides me moves all in for 1025 chips
Before he did this I thought this had to be his move regardless of what he had..
I also now have a pot of 3945 needing a call of 1025
my odds have gotten better, at 3.8...-1
my odds in the hand are... (not knowing the other hands).... about 5-1...
the odds say fold, but if i call I will have a huge chip stack and I am really not risking a whole lot if I loose (about 1/2 of my chips at this point very early on so I have time to make them up)
This is a very very questionable call, but I make it anyway, because again this is a freeroll and the players are horrible so they really could be holding anything..
Turn brings a 7d
and I am one lucky sob
This causes the guy with 99 to go on mega just got knocked out tilt, calling me everything under the sun in the chat room (lucky SOB, horrible poker player, ask any pro they fold there, etc etc etc)
I just smile and play table bully for a while, ignoring the fact that his all in with 99 was probably worse of a move then my call.. It would be interesting to see what the odds of winning where after the flop in that hand....
(pause while I google an online calculator)
J9 - 28.02
33 - 15.21
88 - 16.96
J9 - 25.12 (i was actually right in my call based on the pot odds and my odds of winning)
33 - 0.12
88 - 62.39
99- 7.5 tie
J9 - 67.50
33 - 0
88 - 25
very interesting hand
That helped support my upcomming streak of 39s,48s,K2s,104s that I got following that.. guess I upset the poker gods...
Got down to final 5 tables, had 2800 chips with blinds of 150/300 in BB
I moved all in, one person called with
and the turn produced Ace of hearts to end my tourny...