re: Poker & Analyzing a hand for a beginner
Originally Posted by Brave_n_Crazy
One of the things that has been hard for me with poker is that I am a "break it apart and analyze the bits" kind of thinker. I am able to keep in mind that there are other aspects to a situation, but I do best when I focus on one thing at a time when learning something.
I thought the mechanics, which have fewer variables, was the best place to start. I will post a couple of hands as you suggested and go from there.
Just concentrate on preflop and flop.
Before the flop, assign your opponent a range.
Then on the flop decide what hands in that range fold to a bet, what hands call a bet and what hands raise that bet. When in position, decide what hands bet and what hands check etc.
Then when you have that nailed, consider the river. (most valuable street)
Then work on the turn.
When you start out, the most flawed part of your analysis will be your own assumptions of villians range and what he does with different parts of his range, hence just work on preflop and flop. The turn and river will be a lot easier once you are making flop decisions based on accurate assumptions.