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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Freeroll Burnout, busto or bored?

I think many are going broke or getting bored with online poker. What do you think? We are signing up tons of new players (freerollers) but very few deposit. Do you think many are freeroll players that never win any cash (or very little), get tired of never being in the money and never deposit? That might be a huge number of players. I would end up hating poker if that happened to me. I started at ring limit .05/.010, won. Went to .25/.50 won, and so on. I never even played freerolls when I started out. Between deposit bonus money and profits I had a lot of fun when I first started. I won 3 out 4 nights. What if I started out playing 800 man freerolls? Would I have had one successful tourney a month and 20 non-cashes?

After some success at ring I started playing sit n gos and real tourneys. I was never fighting 500 or 900 man fields. I would sign up for a $5 buyin with 200 players. I had a little success. I could always go back to ring if tourneys were killin me.

I have no doubt that our many skilled Sharks would have pummeled me if I started playing in Shark Freerolls as a beginner. I then would have become tired of never seeing any success and probably quit. Why deposit? I suck. I'll just lose again, right?

Fighting your way thru about 100 skilled Freeroll Tourney players (and a field of 900) as a new Poker player? Good luck. What if I finally make a final table and are up against NRG, Clayshooter and ChipTrix? I'm done.

Even if you have acquired some skills you can get bad beats and crap cards for 2 months and get nuttin but a bad "tude" for 2 months also.

I think many Freeroll players are not getting that great feeling of a winning session or a final table. Then they get bored (no one wants to lose every night) and find a new hobby or only play once in a while. This player won't deposit. Will this player be happy with winning play chips? God, I hope not.

So now they play only play chips or a few freerolls. We all know play chips ruin any chance you had of becoming a good, profitable player. Bad habits set in, you are done. You can try to sell your 3 million play chips on ebay but I think they only bring about $1 per million now.

Is Poker losing a large amount of players to this "Freeroll" mentality? If players tried ring games, studied strategy, improved and only moved up in levels when they were clubbing that level they wouldnt quit right? Anyone can beat .01/.02 right? Do ya smell what the Shark is cookin'?

I'd love to hear others take on this problem I see for the Poker business. If you agree with me, what can I do to keep these players from missing out on a great hobby and good side income? If you think i'm off base please post. I really would like feedback on this.

Feedback Appreciated Here!


At 7:07 PM, Blogger Bill Fetty said...

How about some small field buyin leagues where you can graduate to higher levels of competition based on your success and earnings? say, set up some 40 or 50 man tourneys and have the buyins start at $5 for the bottom level, $10 for the next, and so on till you get to a level where there are real players and real money... stagger the flights so there are early divisions aand late divisions to cover those of us who work late and those out west.. maybe get one of the poker rooms to sponsor play and give additional entries into their tourneys and events?


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