Originally Posted by sgparrish
I'm using Ed Miller's "Getting Started in Hold 'Em" as a starting off point based on recommendations I've seen on this site. I'm playing .02/.04 limit full ring and using his starting hand suggestions with one modification. I am not limping in LP if everyone ahead of me has folded, I am raising (based on a recommendation I read in one of the archived posts).
After about 2500 hands, I'm playing preflop at 12.7/7.8. I've read that I should be aiming for VPIP in the neighborhood of 17 to 20 in full ring limit.
1) Is my sample size too small?... i.e. don't worry, the law of large numbers will kick in at some point...
2) Is Mr. Miller's starting hand chart out of kilter? - I'm guessing no... he seems to be very well respected in the community.
3) I'm probably missing someithing, but I haven't been able to figure out what pre-flop errors I'm making.
I'm told that religiously following a hand chart long term is a bad idea, but I've only been playing for money for two weeks and figured it was a good starting point.
That's way too tight, and it's not a sample size issue. VPIP converges much faster than win rate. The guidelines of '05 are accepted as too tight these days.
It's hard guess where it is you should loosen up without more info. Anyway, don't focus so much on preflop. In limit hold'em money is made with postflop play.