re: Poker & Beyond The Top Ten Starting Hands
Originally Posted by joshyb20
"Low suited connectors (2,3 3,4 4,5)
Why they aren't great: I think some players love these because they may catch a straight flush with them. Well, how often do you see ANY straight flush? Exactly. Sure, you could catch a straight with them but you run into the same problem as mentioned in A,2. Sure, you could catch the flush but someone could very easily catch a higher flush.
How to Play Them: Don't."
Oh how Mr. Brunson would disagree.....
DB is a master @ not paying players off when he makes a 2nd best hand. We don't all have those skills yet. The best spot to avoid dicey situations is before the flop. I agree with t1riel's original take on these hands. Play em for the cost of the blinds when possible, but do not call raises with them. Keep them easy to lay down on the flop.
I have actually never heard of the top 10 strategy. I have heard of the top 15. All PP's, AK, and AQ. Phil Hellmuth Jr. details a strategy like this is his book.
This is a great place to start because you get a great risk/reward ratio with these hands. As you get more comfortable, you will add Axs, sometimes Kxs, and medium suited connectors to your game.
While learning the nuances of the game, limiting your range is essential. The idea is to maximize your strong points and minimize your weak points until you can identify and address them.
In live games, many players lose consistantly because they fail to limit thier play. They apply position play and pot odds
to thier decision making, which is good, but not enough until they have developed thier reading skills more.
Limiting your play helps you avoid situations that you are not yet prepared to handle. It also keeps you at the table much longer, allowing you to hone your skills much more (per buy in).
The nature of cash games dictates that a player can pick his battles. Failing to do so will keep you from both winning and improving your play. Get to the point where you can sit @ the casino all day with little risk, and your game will take off from there.