Freerolls generally don't do it for me. The fields are so large, you can only get by if you luck out the first few levels. But hey, it's free, and there's a free ticket available to the Sunday millions. A tournament with a $215 buyin, so worth a shot. Even if there's only 1 ticket available for 25,000 players.

So knowing that playing tight gets you nowhere in these things, when I found AK in hand #2 I shoved. Even if you get called, you have decent equity. Especially whenh the one caller holds KJ. So an early double up is mine. The very next hand, I have AK again. The guy UTG shoves, gets called, and I reshove and get called. Well, you have tio gamble in these things. And this is what I meant: the UTG guy shows J8 suited, the caller shows Ak offsuit, and the 4th player in the pot called 3 allins with T4 suited... So both AK split the pot and I tripled up in two hands. Now at least I have a decent playing stack.

30 hands later, we hit the first break of the tournament. The 25,000 field is down to 14,500, only 58% left. I'm in spot 2101, and my stack is 4640, which is 78% above the average of 2598. So far so good. Too bad the big stack already has more than 30k....

So the first hurdle - surviving the madness at the early stages - has been taken. On to the second hurdle: consolidating my shipstack. I decided to play fewer hands, but the aggression with those hands goes way up. Still far above average, I am looking for another double up. Still I soon find myself down to 4000th place with 11,000 left Guess I was still playing too many hands. Another 40 hands later, my new style seems to be working out as I break the 10k chipmark. At this point I'm playing pretty much any ace and any suited connector preflop, but when I don't hit the flop, I'm getting out of dodgee. Well, until I shove with pocket 9, and get called by A8 off and pocket 6. He fklops a set, and I'm down all the way to the bottom of the field. KJ vs KQ seals the deal at 3,265.

Still, I lasted longer than 21,735 others. And I needed to go to bed anyway...