In a cash NL game, you want to see as many flops as you possibly can. Many of you may believe that this strays from conventional wisdom, but I tend to win more, and be less predictable when you play a lot of pots, raise often preflop and simply be aggressive. Of course, you won't play 72 offsuit, or 94 in a raised pot... the hand will need SOME value. Something I've learned in many years of play (stud, and hold'em) is that ANY two cards are playable, as long as you're well aware of where you're at. For example, lets say a big stack, 1-2 NL cash game, makes a reasonable raise preflop. For a shot at his stack, you will invest whatever his raise may be, because your outcome could potentially be to double up. What if the raiser held KK, and you were holding 10 9 suited? What if the flop came JQK? Do you think the guy will lay down a set of kings? You're approximately 70% to win with two cards to come, and because of that 15 dollars you called preflop with 10 9, you are in position to take his stack, especially if he's firing away. There are many times where I took 93 suited and won a HUGE pot off someone who had A3 by flopping a full house... and your losses are minimal if you miss. This is a winning NL cash-game strategy that I employ to great results, but in terms of limit play, you simply need to play a straightforward game. Play mostly hands that have merit (middle, to big cards, and all pairs) and avoid playing cards that will lose big in the long run. Your payoff in a limit game by flopping a miracle is 3-4 big bets, and that hardly merits the risk you run by calling sub-par hands... although in certain instances, even rags merit a look at the flop if the pot odds
are there. In no-limit, it can mean doubling up. I suppose many of you will disagree with my strategy, but it works well for me.