I'm going to leave this thread open for a while so anyone who has any comments, suggestions or additions for the FAQ can post here.
I think the collapsible format is really helpful for beginners since it keeps them from being overwhelmed by a large document. I've tried to avoid nesting question as with the other FAQs I've done in this format so everything is obvious to people so may not know what sub-heading to look under.
The other FAQs I've written like this are:
Micro Full Ring No Limit Texas Hold'em Master Sticky and FAQ.
Small to High Full Ring No Limit Texas Hold'em Master Sticky and FAQ.
So if you think there's anything I should include from them, let me know.
I've used most of the original FAQ, but not the preamble because some of it is no longer current (ie: the search is very different with this software) and I didn't think it was really needed.
The original FAQ is here:
- I've wimped out in the starting hands section because I don't really want to get into it since we'd need a bunch of different starting hand guides to cover all bases and as I posted in the thread that's linked in the micro full ring FAQ:
the real reason there's no chart is that putting one really does a disservice to beginning players. It's a lot more complicated than just a simple chart.
In no limit hold'em, postflop play is way more important than preflop play. And your preflop play should be flexible and change to suit table conditions. If there's a hand chart posted in the FAQ, people are going to play that chart slavishly and not think or adjust as they should.
Ideally, your hand chart should be, "Play tight up front, play looser with position. Stay aggressive." The particulars are far less important and depend more on your skill and table conditions. If you're much better than your opponents postflop, you should pay a much wider range of hands. If you basically suck and you're barely better than the droolers then tightening up is a better idea. Either way, you want to adjust your play to the table. If it's tight, run then over. If it's loose, value bet them to death. If it's aggro, trap them.
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