Maybe I've been taking the wrong approach all along.
I was dinking around last night, having missed the special early start time of the Mookie. I was about ready to shut down the computer and get some sleep, when I stumbled across a freeroll. An unusually good freeroll -- the prizes were entries into the site's weekly big tournament. The field wasn't that big -- just over 500 runners -- so I signed up.
Being tired, I decided to donk it up. It is a freeroll, after all.
I knew I was in trouble when I doubled up with K8o. After minraising UTG.
And when I took down a pot by minraising a K22 flop. With 33.
Fortunately, I had April explain to me that it's when you're more trying to lose that you're pretty much guaranteed to win. I was not previously aware of that rule. Maybe I'm just used to sucking at tournament poker. All I had to do was not really try. So I didn't, but I still won pots with 54o, 63o, 73o, and true junk like KK.
Cutting this boring story short, four hours later I found myself with a tournament entry. This will be the biggest buyin tournament I've ever played -- small potatoes for you WSOP and Sunday Million players, but still. My EV is 0, since I'll probably suck as usual. I'd much rather have the cash for Vegas, but that's not an option.
All in all, it was pretty neat to win a decent prize in a freeroll. It's been a while.
Now, if only I could freeroll my way into some extra sleep. It's going to be a very long day.