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Old 08-24-2018, 03:33 PM   #1
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Question Beginner Advice for Live NL Cash Games

I know a little bit about a little bit from watching it on tv but I'd like to take the game serious and be the best player I can. I know I should go online to get started but my goal is to specialize in live cash.

Are the books Applications of NLHE, Mathematics of Poker, or Tipton's HUNL books relevant? And what do you think are the best resources to build up to these books or to get started in the game today?

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Old 08-24-2018, 03:42 PM   #2
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Re: Beginner Advice for Live NL Cash Games

Hey Coyote,

I think online is a great way to get your feet wet for cheap dabbling in $5nl. But it will play way differently than live.

That said it's a good way to identify spots you are confused in. As you build up a catalog of trouble spots posting hands and seeing the different thought processes can help guide you to what things you should be thinking about.

I think the books you list are probably overkill for a beginner.

If you're just starting out I would focus on building a strategy around solid pre flop fundamentals first as once that is in place the rest of the game comes along much more easily.

So figure out what a good baseline of starting hands you should play from each position. Then I would suggest just going out and getting some experience. There will be something each session that comes up to give you something to work on. Good luck and have fun.
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Old 08-24-2018, 04:06 PM   #3
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Re: Beginner Advice for Live NL Cash Games

I would also suggest playing online when you can just to get more hands in and gain experience in lots of spots.

For live play in particular, also watch some Vlogs on Youtube. Andrew Neeme/Brad Owen/Johnny Vibes are all live players that analyze the hands they played. It's entertaining and I'm sure you can learn a lot.

Also, Doug Polk and the Poker Guys analyze hands. Just to get used to the thought process of what goes into playing poker is super helpful imo.
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Old 08-24-2018, 05:26 PM   #4
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Re: Beginner Advice for Live NL Cash Games

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Hey Coyote,

I think online is a great way to get your feet wet for cheap dabbling in $5nl. But it will play way differently than live.

That said it's a good way to identify spots you are confused in. As you build up a catalog of trouble spots posting hands and seeing the different thought processes can help guide you to what things you should be thinking about.

I think the books you list are probably overkill for a beginner.

If you're just starting out I would focus on building a strategy around solid pre flop fundamentals first as once that is in place the rest of the game comes along much more easily.

So figure out what a good baseline of starting hands you should play from each position. Then I would suggest just going out and getting some experience. There will be something each session that comes up to give you something to work on. Good luck and have fun.
I went ahead and deposited $25 on Ignition, bought in for $5 and had some ups and downs but busted after 30 min or so. There were some times where I had hands I wasn't sure if I should play or not so I'll look into that.
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Old 08-24-2018, 11:47 PM   #5
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Re: Beginner Advice for Live NL Cash Games

Welcome to the forum, OP. This is a bit too general of a question for us to be able to help you much with. The books you list are not a good start, though, especially the HUNL one. For a beginner at LLSNL, Harrington on Cash is pretty dated, but still very applicable.

Also, read all of the threads in this anthology, as well as the Concepts of the Month which are linked in the Best of LLSNL sticky.
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