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Old 09-05-2013, 12:26 AM   #1
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** The Best of the Beginners Forum **

We may be noobs (by name).. but we have had some quality threads come through the forum. While this list is nowhere near the full list, it is a good start. Some of these threads are older (or contains links to older information), so you'll need to use some critical thinking to decide what is relevant.. but you should be able to get something out of any of the links below. If you've got something else that you think needs to be read from the Beginners Forum, please link it!

BQ Forum Basics
FAQ- Every new poster should read this first.
Dumb Questions Thread- Afraid to ask something? Ask it here! No question is too dumb.. it is a safe zone.
BQ Stats Thread- Have a 10,000 hand sample? Post your stats and get some leaks plugged.
*** The 'Should I Be A Pro Poker Player Thread' ***
The Official Unofficial Beginner's Toolbox Thread- A few year old thread linking some of the best threads for beginners on 2+2. A must read!

WCGRider
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Why you suck at uNL Part One: Playing Aggressively
Why you suck at uNL Part Two: Bankroll Management
Why you suck at uNL Part Three: Game Selection
Why you suck at uNL Part Four: Honesty and Persepctive
Why you suck at uNL Part Five: Understanding Continuation Bets and Double Barrels
Why you suck at uNL Part Six: Hand Reading

Milestone Posts

Lego Pooh-Bah- Lego talks about coming up through the stakes, and the threads that helped him move up.
A.Ertbjerg Pooh-Bah- AE talks about exploiting fish
Raze Pooh-bah- raze writes an aspiring guide for online poker players (a few years old)
TheDefiniteArticle Pooh-bah- TDA writes an extensive post about hand reading
LeroyJenkins Pooh-Bah - Leroy writes a thorough post about 4 betting, bluffing, and stealing
CMAR Pooh-Bah - Our resident orange CMAR writes a thread about the dangers of drifting while playing
Asgrow13 Pooh-Bah - Asgrow17 writes a short post about some random thoughts
mojo6911 Pooh-Bah- mojo gives the information needed to beat the micro stakes games
Dunce Teaches BQ How to Think About Poker - Duncelanas talks about the thought processes involved in learning poker
dgiharris 10K post - On Turning Pro - dgiharris talks about becoming a live pro
3K post: Overbetting - gamma001 on overbetting


Other

If you could restart your "poker career", what would you do differently?- Players discuss what they would do differently if they could start over with their current information set.
How to pwn calling stations- EPT Winner and WSOP Final Tablist Davidv1213 teaches us how to pwn calling stations
"Outplaying" players who don't fold- CMAR at it again, this time teaching us how to beat players that don't fold
Colin Moshman answers your Basic Sit 'n Go questions
Fees guide to going robusto- LAPT winner Fees walks you through going from busto to robusto
Lets Talk About Fat Value - Poster SaM StarK teaches us about getting fat value from opponents
Climbing the ladder to $5/10NL raze tells his story of climbing the ladder to 1knl, and the problems he faced along the way
Zoom / Rush Poker thread
When (NOT) to turn pro- Interesting discussion about knowing when NOT to turn pro
Mathenoobics of Poker- DiamondDog's fantastic 7 part series about the the basic math of poker
going mental ...- DiamondDog offers some some thoughts about approaching the mental side of poker
When to slowplay KK preflop in a tournament- Davidv1213 talks about when to slowplay KK in mtts
Ask me about Razz/Stud/Stud8. Celebrating the return of 2+2 and my 6k posts- MelchyBeau talks Razz, stud, and stud8 strategy by answering questions
2K post; Getting Better at Poker- Queen6Suited talks about how to get better at poker
Dunce Teaches BQ To Play SnGs (1k Post!)- Duncelanas teaches us how to play sngs
Teach Me How To Dugi - Badugi Discussion Thread
In Order *Concept of the Week's* for referral A convenient reference of some of the key COTW threads

Wells

AlienSpaceBat
Mikes007
Davidv1213
raze
Lego05

Digests

The First Digest (5/2010)- Features a nice Intro to 2+2 by LeroyJenkins
Volume 2 (6/2010)- Williegb breaks down a $5/$10 hand and zadignose gives a great starter guide to Razz
Volume 3 (9/2010)- Crazyfool explains rake, davidv1213 breaks down a 400nl hand, crazyfool gives an intro to limit hold'em
New BQ Digest (11/2011)- Defending the Button in NLHE, How to post hands
December 2011- HUD talk, Dealing with downswings, an intro to Badugi
January 2012- 30 days to a better player challenge, Variance talk, Importance of a healthy lifestyle
February 2012- Isolating Limpers, Should I go pro?
March 2012- Build a Bankroll book review, Frequent Mistakes at Micro-NL Cash games, Running a staking stable, Bankroll Management
April 2012- Pot Control, Selling Shares for tournaments, Don't use a piss jug
May and June 2012-MTT hh review with Hippy80 and Davidv1213, Identifying and Exploiting Tendencies in Your Opponents, Buying Shares for tournaments
July 2012- subtle leaks which may affect our thinking or our general approach to poker, Learning razz in 30 days
August 2012- How to be a good poster, Defending the blinds in NLHE, Importance of practice
September 2012- LHE discussion, Widening our range
October 2012- Playing AK, LHE strategy/BRM
November 2012- Problem Gambling, LHE hh review, Things which annoy Mike
December 2012- Evaluating flop textures, Evaluating poorly played LHE hh's, Why playing other games is important, Using the Search Function
January 2013- Bonus Whoring, Poker Truths, Why playing other games is important (part 2)
February 2013- The Value of Blockers in NLHE, Tools to be successful, When to go pro
March 2013- Approaching Tournaments and why you do it all wrong, Turn decisions in LHE, Breich wins a Poker Maximus Event

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Old 09-05-2013, 02:10 AM   #2
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Re: ** The Best of the Beginners Forum **

Teach Me How To Dugi - Badugi Discussion Thread
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Old 09-05-2013, 07:56 AM   #3
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Re: ** The Best of the Beginners Forum **

In on epic thread, wp Ice

A few suggestions which may be worth including here in the same place due to how often the questions are asked in BQ (altho not strictly BQ threads, sorry!):

Concept of the Week threads:
https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/78...ntents-397190/

How to play AK:
https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/78...kicker-640680/

Good article on leakfinding using HM2:
http://www.pokerlistings.com/strateg...holdem-manager

Can't afford an expensive training site subscription? These are videos are good quality and free!:
http://www.thepokerbank.com/videos/

http://www.gripsed.com/

http://www.version2poker.com/videos.html
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Old 09-05-2013, 08:54 AM   #4
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Re: ** The Best of the Beginners Forum **

thread of the year (its been a pretty crap year in BQ to be honest but that doesn't mean this isn't awesome)

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Old 09-05-2013, 08:59 AM   #5
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Re: ** The Best of the Beginners Forum **

Ice, perhaps the way to do this is for your expertly be a ninja and update your op (give credit where due for links). short, stubby and full of volume, thats what she said.
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Old 09-05-2013, 09:04 AM   #6
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Re: ** The Best of the Beginners Forum **

i have a challenge for you btw. find a post I made years ago in microsteaks nl about huds and include that. its probably so like 2008 or something (I seriously have no idea when I posted it so consider it a treasure hunt)

hint: I had a rather epic how to table select using your hud post in microstakeslimit that did feature in digests. Was one of my finest moments and a thread I was pleased with and the nl version followed months after, I think.....
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Old 09-05-2013, 09:05 AM   #7
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Re: ** The Best of the Beginners Forum **

Agreed
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Old 09-05-2013, 12:47 PM   #8
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Re: ** The Best of the Beginners Forum **

IMO it would be great if we could get the BQ Digest started again. I've missed it. I'd definitely be willing to help out and I'm sure others would too.
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Old 09-05-2013, 02:17 PM   #9
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IMO it would be great if we could get the BQ Digest started again. I've missed it. I'd definitely be willing to help out and I'm sure others would too.
+1

Maybe pm Bona.
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Old 09-05-2013, 02:47 PM   #10
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Re: ** The Best of the Beginners Forum **

Great thread.
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Old 09-05-2013, 10:34 PM   #11
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Maybe pm Bona.
I think someone new should step up. Previous digest editors have already contributed so much ans probably are burned out ..... Time to share the load IMO
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Old 09-06-2013, 08:58 AM   #12
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Re: ** The Best of the Beginners Forum **

I'm upset that my 11 pages of helping people with their mental game never made it into the list.

:'(

https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/32...-game-1361974/
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Old 09-06-2013, 09:32 AM   #13
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Re: ** The Best of the Beginners Forum **

Solid thread imo, as long as it's updated! If the list gets longer it may even deserve a sticky imo. Pretty sick that my 1k post is there, too. Get ready for my "Dunce Teaches BQ to Play HUSNGS" pooh-bah soon
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Old 09-21-2013, 03:37 AM   #14
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Just bumping this thread for the weekenders
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Old 09-22-2013, 10:03 AM   #15
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Re: ** The Best of the Beginners Forum **

https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/32...-well-1281787/


https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/32...lego05-733799/
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Old 09-22-2013, 10:24 AM   #16
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Bah.. I specifically had your Well bookmarked to include in the thread and I still forgot it
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Old 09-22-2013, 11:52 AM   #17
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Re: ** The Best of the Beginners Forum **

Kudos that you guys are headed this direction.

I am providing a link to a library post that now has 47k+ hits that is an awesome format for providing access to excellent, historical posts.

https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/35...ibrary-799833/

IMHO the above is the best post ever for that purpose. A real challenge to organise and post and an even bigger challenge to keep current as time goes by.

I am not saying anyone will have the time or the motivation to do this in BQ, but Ice's post seems headed that direction and some of the responses point out the implied value.

Ozi is right, LDO, someone should also take up the digest.
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Old 09-22-2013, 01:47 PM   #18
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Old 09-22-2013, 03:50 PM   #19
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Please sticky :thumbup:
hmmm, I take your point.

The problem is, lazy BQ mods have let this forum have too many stickies imo ...

I will sticky this for now.

This is temporary, until someone complains, or I find out who is in charge around here
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Old 09-22-2013, 06:14 PM   #20
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The problem is, lazy BQ mods. have let this forum have too many stickies imo ...
FYP.. YVW
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Old 09-25-2013, 03:31 AM   #21
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Bah.. I specifically had your Well bookmarked to include in the thread and I still forgot it

Ahh ... at this point I probably don't agree with everything in my Pooh Bah post (which at the time I really intended to make a lot better than it it ended up being before I ended up giving up on it) and maybe not some stuff in my Well. Those threads were years ago.




EDIT:

In fact I just read some of my Pooh Bah post and I can say now with certainty that I disagree with some of it. Most of the basic ideas seem fine, but there are some specifics in there that I disagree with now and a very few that I find to be kinda bad.
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Old 10-06-2013, 07:14 AM   #22
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Just read WCGRider's post. It's so hilarious to read him talk about not calling since he flats like 85-90% in the bb vs a minraise nowadays.
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Old 10-17-2013, 03:37 PM   #23
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Re: ** The Best of the Beginners Forum **

I think this is an important topic/fundamental that is missing from BQ as of late

https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/32...-play-1127555/

It's a discussion of playing (or NOT playing) small pp's UTG/EP
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Old 11-04-2013, 03:40 AM   #24
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i just created my account, 1st post i scroll down to see is Teach me how to Dugi. lol genious.
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Old 12-06-2013, 02:04 AM   #25
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Zomg Zomg , im in that list ! I feel famous now . Sweet thread imo . Bookmarked it for review later .
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