Originally Posted by sixfour
Hmm, let's see, maybe 5-10% of the money goes in pre, and the rest goes in post. what is going to be more useful to a new player, having them memorise a bunch of charts and then hanging them out to dry, or actually teaching them the basics of how to play post?
Someone wrote nearly 20 years ago "Nobody's going to get it wrong with QQ+, AK. Nobody's going to get it wrong with 72, T4, 35 or 80% of the crap in the deck either. If a newbie's getting it wrong with the hands in between, they're not getting it very wrong by much so who cares". Still seems applicable to me. For a new player, keep stuff simple - preflop strat should be "Like your cards? Raise. Don't like your cards? Fold. Unsure? Check position/action then decide". That's probably less words than you have charts, and probably more useful to a new player than overwhelming them a ring binder full of pretty coloured pictures because solvers
When I first started playing poker the first poker book that I read was a book by Phil Hellmuth, the self professed greatest player in the world, with a record number of World Series of Poker Gold Bracelets.
His advice was to play the top 10 hands pre flop. Obviously terrible, terrible advice that would get you killed in today's online games.
When you start you don't really know about defending frequencies in the big blind, or 3 betting ranges on the button.
If you memorise pre flop charts, I think it gives you an edge straight away amongst most other players in the game.
A lot of your winrate in poker comes from opening hands pre flop and just taking down the blinds.
I remember around 2010 if you raised in the small blind vs big blind villan would fold like 70 percent of the time. It was ridiculous. It was free money.
It really takes a lifetime to learn post flop. It's infinitely complicated depending on flops, turns, rivers and the kind of player you are playing against.
You can learn a GTO pre flop strategy in a couple of days that you can build your entire strategy around, right from the beginning.
If you build a house it needs a solid beginning foundation.
Last edited by Maximus122; 03-16-2023 at 10:25 PM.