Question re: Position Basics
New Player, First Post, Still Learning
I've been reading up on hold'em, and I think I have a basic understanding of the importance of position before the flop. The books I've read, though, make recommendations for pre-flop starting hands that seem to be absurdly intricate, depending upon position, how aggressive the table is, what has happened before you bet, etc.
My impression, though, is that all of this just boils down to a simple consideration: If you are playing a drawing hand, then you want a lot of people in the pot and to get in cheaply yourself. If you have a high pair/high card hand, then you don't want many people in the pot, but you don't mind multiple bets from those who are in. All of the rest about position, previous bets, aggressiveness of the table, etc., are just factors that you consider in trying to predict how many people will stay in the pot.
But maybe this is wrong. Nobody ever seems to put it in such simple terms, so maybe I'm missing something.