As everyone can guess, freeroll tournaments are quite popular in poker websites. It is pretty easy to understand their popularity - they are FREE. Participants can try their luck and skills without any fee and have a chance to win some money.
However, I will not give you the best strategies on how to play and win in freerolls. Instead, I will try to convince you not to participate in freeroll tournaments which will save your precious time and energy!
1st REASON: FREEROLLS HAVE A VERY POOR PAYOUT
At first sight, some websites offer freerolls with high budgets. But in reality, you need to look at the payouts relative to the number of players. In the end, you have to compete with 2000 or more players for a chance to win a few dollars. And what do you expect? The poker website is giving the money for free and their goal is for people to get hooked up and later play in cash games or tournaments.
2nd REASON: IT'S NOT WORTH YOUR PRECIOUS TIME
I agree, there is a chance to win some money in a freeroll, but it's definitely not worth your time. It usually takes about 3 or more hours to finish a freeroll tournament and your chances to win are pretty low. You can often win much more money by playing in very low buy-in tournaments rather than freerolls. For a serious poker player - time is everything.
3rd REASON: IT'S LUCK, NOT SKILLS
Most of the wins in a freeroll are based on luck and not skills. Since there is no money on the line, players do not care too much about their final position. Most of the time they go all-in with decent cards in hopes of getting lucky. Some of them get lucky, some of them do not, but that's the easiest way to collect enough points in a short time.
4th REASON: IT'S NOT REAL POKER
A lot of beginning players believe that "freerolls" are the best place to try poker and practice their playing skills. Actually, this might be the worst place to play and practice. Since there is no money at stake, most of the players are terrible who do not care about the game. You will only learn tactics and techniques that will not work in real poker tournaments where real money is on the line. Therefore, you can only hurt your skills by playing often in freerolls.
So, go and play in tournaments with real money, even if it's just a few dollars or even less. Only this way you can learn some real poker skills, tactics, and have a better understanding about poker.