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by Pred1984
Fri Jun 02, 2006 11:33 pm
Forum: General strategy
Topic: top 10 hands
Replies: 16
Views: 2145

Playing tight early on is definitely a viable strategy, one that has served me pretty well.  However, it's not the only reasonable approach, especially once you've improved your game.  For instance, a number of top tournament pros advocate a "small ball" approach where they play lots of me...
by Pred1984
Fri Jun 02, 2006 11:28 pm
Forum: General strategy
Topic: poker play
Replies: 2
Views: 8834

It would be a better strategy by far to learn now to play a decent game.  One-dimensional strategies like this aren't very useful once you get past play money poker asd freerolls, and even at those levels, better strategies will produce better results.
by Pred1984
Fri Jun 02, 2006 11:25 pm
Forum: General strategy
Topic: Understand player position
Replies: 3
Views: 8654

it seems to me no matter what pos you are in (especially in early stages of a tournament someone will call and usually reraise, then move on to a horrid suckout. Obviously, you should quit now.  Either that or come up with statistically significant empirical data to support what you're asserti...
by Pred1984
Fri May 26, 2006 6:06 pm
Forum: Beginner's Q & A
Topic: best poker site for beginner
Replies: 13
Views: 14398

IMO, don't bother with play money poker.  The difference betwwen that and freerolls isn't great, and freerolls give you some chance to win a bit of money - even when you're just starting out, you can sometimes get very lucky. As for which site to play, it doesn't really matter.  Pick one -...
by Pred1984
Fri May 26, 2006 6:01 pm
Forum: Beginner's Q & A
Topic: freerolls, or play money?
Replies: 5
Views: 6574

I'd definitely agree with gmroz that there's no real point to playing play money poker.  The only thing you can learn is the mechanics, which you can learn by playing freerolls where you have at least some chance to win a few bucks, even as a complete newbie.
by Pred1984
Fri May 26, 2006 5:45 pm
Forum: General strategy
Topic: Easy Money
Replies: 13
Views: 9165

One thing I've seen quite often is that people who say their opponents get lucky a lot aren't always as tight as they think they are.  For instance, they'll stick all their money in pre-flop with holdings like AQ, AJ or a small pocket pair.  If you do this, your opponents will outdraw you ...
by Pred1984
Sat May 20, 2006 10:12 pm
Forum: Beginner's Q & A
Topic: freerolls, or play money?
Replies: 5
Views: 6574

IMO there's a bigger difference - although still not huge - between the play in freerolls and small buyins than between play money and freerolls.  If you hope to become a good player, you have to eventually get enough confidence in your game that you're willing to play buyins.
by Pred1984
Sat May 20, 2006 10:07 pm
Forum: General strategy
Topic: pair in hand low stack
Replies: 4
Views: 10501

It's pretty much unanimous among the pros than when you get down near 10 big blinds, you should pick a hand and push all-in.  This isn't just to try to double up; it's also to take your shot while you have enough chips so the table isn't automatically priced in to call.
by Pred1984
Sat May 20, 2006 10:01 pm
Forum: General strategy
Topic: what i would do
Replies: 10
Views: 2698

This is another of the many "it depends" situations in poker.  Do you think the opponent is aggressive enough to betand likely to bet if you check?  Enough to come over the top if you put out what looks like a continuation / probe bet?  Or are you up against a calling station where yo...
by Pred1984
Sat May 06, 2006 7:07 pm
Forum: General strategy
Topic: Well..
Replies: 19
Views: 15260

There are many different approaches to tournaments, both freerolls and buyins.  If you've found one that works for you and fits your personality and skill level, fine.  I play one way most of the time, but every once in a while, I like to experiment.  And what better place than in fre...
by Pred1984
Sun Apr 02, 2006 8:55 pm
Forum: General Poker Discussion
Topic: The river
Replies: 2
Views: 9968

Great players say repeatedly that the goal is to make good decisions and to get your money or chips in with the odds in your favor.  That's the part you can control.  You can't do anything about suckouts when the cards come in favor of the opponent, but the more often you get in ahead, the...
by Pred1984
Sat Apr 01, 2006 9:47 pm
Forum: Q & A
Topic: mmmm
Replies: 5
Views: 4157

When you hold JJ, the flop will contain at least one higher card the majority of the time.  That's w key reason why putting in a decent-sized raise before the flop is important; to try to get mediocre hands out of the hand e.g. Ax, Kx or Qx suited that a fair number of players will play if you ...
by Pred1984
Sat Apr 01, 2006 9:37 pm
Forum: Beginner's Q & A
Topic: reply !
Replies: 32
Views: 13108

Anyone who's truly playing tight poker will fold suited connectors and hands like KT and KJ most of the time.
by Pred1984
Sat Apr 01, 2006 9:34 pm
Forum: Beginner's Q & A
Topic: hahahahhahahhaa
Replies: 3
Views: 4308

To some extent, it depends how much money you're after.  For instance, if you just want to win something and don't care how long it takes, then you can play freerolls forever until you get lucky enough to cash.  On the other hand, if you want to win a decent amount per hour, your best shot...
by Pred1984
Sat Apr 01, 2006 8:52 pm
Forum: General strategy
Topic: Starting Hands
Replies: 16
Views: 6395

I'm basically with dci.  I think the best approach for a newbie is to learn to play a limited range of hands properly, then expand your repertoire.

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