Joined: Oct '15
Age: 33 (M)
What a donk! These negative EV moves is what make you a winning player in the long term compared to that fish. Considering the fact that he checked both turn and river, indicates that he was not even floating the flop in an attempt to steal the pot if you checked the turn ...he was plain fishing and he got lucky.
This kind of outcome will reinforce his belief that he made the right play. Just put a note on him and take him to value town next time you have hand. Better luck next time
Joined: Feb '11
Location: United Kingdom
Age: 54 (M)
Have you tried playing like a donk? Maybe you should and see how you get on! I imagine that rather than winning everything, you will hit massive variance and soon go out. It might be interesting to tags player who you think is a donk and see how far he (or she, of course) got on in the tournament to see whether their play is full of value or random luck. (Just a thought)
Joined: May '08
Age: 54 (M)
If those guys call to lightly, just bet higher. With "a few limpers" already in the pot, raise to more than 6 BB preflop. Bet more than half the pot on the flop, and bet on the turn, after that safe card there.
6 BB seems reasonable in general but keep in mind that freerollpoker isn't real poker, people WILL call knowing they're behind and they won't care about the pot odds anyways
When there's 2 limpers makes sense to raise to 5 or 6 BB but yeah if you want to avoid a multi-way pot maybe you should have raised bigger. If there's more and you're holding QQ, then why not pump it up to 10-12 BB and try to isolate someone or just win the pot right there!
I wasn't saying that you've made a mistake at all. They did. And they got rewarded for it, donkey style
6 BB there is pretty standard (but I don't know how many limpers there were) if you're playing against pros (but then again, pros usually don't limp much (or at all) so this type of situation doesn't really happen to them)
Besides, like you said 6 or 10 or 12 BB will probably not change a donk's decision either way!