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Playing too many hands

Postby Enuenated » Sun Mar 12, 2006 5:30 pm

Most beginners play way too many starting hands, in fact top players typically play between 20-30% of their starting hands. Concentrate on higher value starting hands and help remove the luck element of the game.
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Postby Indect » Sat Mar 18, 2006 5:20 pm

Have to agree with you Mrpimp thats alot of my problem is i think i try to play to many hands.
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Postby Boyough » Sat Mar 25, 2006 6:29 pm

It is true that beginners play more ahnds, but thats a good thing. The only way new people learn how to play poker is by seeing ahnds and losing hands and learning how to play them better, or not play them at all.
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Postby Begglas » Sat Mar 25, 2006 6:34 pm

Actually, I believe the opposite is true.   As a beginning player you should play only the very best hands.   You can learn the finer points of bluffing and how to play more marginal hands once you have a better feel for the game.

If you stick to big pocket pairs and AK AQ for the first while, you will minimize your losses until you have a better handle on the game.

Then gradually add more hands from middle and late position as your skills improve.

You may not win as much, but you will limit your losses until you have mastered the basics.
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Postby Therinceple » Sat Mar 25, 2006 9:45 pm

For the new players, tight is the way to go.  dci_assassin starting hands are a bit too tight.  You can add some more easy to play hands.  Middle and small pairs. ALso the higher suited connectors.  They just need to understand to fold if they miss the flop.
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Postby Pred1984 » Sat Apr 01, 2006 8:52 pm

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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playin hands

Postby Thervice70 » Sat Apr 01, 2006 11:20 pm

I dont seem to have enough patience either and play alot of hands I think ill try your method and see if it removes the luck factor thx
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dont play too many hands!

Postby Billessic2 » Sun Apr 02, 2006 12:59 pm

its best not to playu too many hands, for two reasons, u ill be caught out
second and more importantly you loose credability on the table, luffing wont work anymore
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Postby Hatty1993 » Sun Apr 02, 2006 7:40 pm

i have actually taught myself some disipline and only playing certain cards.

the only time i play the shit cards is when im in late position or one of the blinds and it wont cost me too much to see the flop lol
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Postby Comee1985 » Wed Apr 12, 2006 9:53 am

I agree that tight is way to go, I play maybe 20%, not even that much hands in nl ring games. In tourneys that number is much much higher, cause blindes would kill me if I play just few hands per hour!
But I am happy for those that play too many hands in ring games, what would I do without them?? Thank you guys!
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Re: Playing too many hands

Postby Honte1990 » Sat Apr 15, 2006 6:33 pm

BigPimp420 wrote:Most beginners play way too many starting hands, in fact top players typically play between 20-30% of their starting hands. Concentrate on higher value starting hands and help remove the luck element of the game.
i agree  with you for me poker is a nice and relax game:  take a seat relax and follow the current :lol:
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Postby Hity1972 » Sun Apr 16, 2006 5:01 pm

Normally I wont play too many hands at the biginning of a MTT mainly High pairs and AK,AQ,AJ.  After i get a feel for the table then i open my game a bit.

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Postby Sonform1975 » Sun Apr 16, 2006 7:27 pm

Im not a beginner but I have this problem. I want to play and I play everyhand for the blind. I can't relax when I play, because I don't want to wait...
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Postby Theinglee1968 » Sun Apr 16, 2006 7:33 pm

try raising pre flop and get them to fold
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Postby Shenduch85 » Sat May 06, 2006 8:07 am

where do you draw the line on when to go all in with a pair

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