re: Poker & Sweet 16
I know people love their charts and all, but I really hate them. I think you're better off understanding the type of hand that will play well versus the table in general, then against the villains you're planning to play this hand against.
How deep are the stacks? What is the normal size pot on the flop? What size bets are getting called? What will people stack off with? What kind of implied odds
are being laid? Is it normal to get to the flop by limping or is someone generally raising?
Answer questions like these, then use those answers to tailor what hands you are willing to play from various positions. A chart will never answer the questions that need to be addressed.
Case in point, the above chart posted by Rain looks great. It's pretty, has colors, is organized...great! Now tell me you're honestly going to play KTs, QTs, J9s, KJs, QJs, JTs, AJo, KQo from early position. If you want to that's fine, but in the games I was a part of you're going to get your soul crushed and your roll gone like that.
And the worst part is you won't know why you should or shouldn't play the hand. You'll only be doing it because "the chart said to". Are you in a game where players are passive, not raising much preflop, and will stack off with top pair, or 2 pair with potential flush/straights on the board? If so, then that could be the reason for playing these hands from early position. You'll limp hoping to take a cheap flop, and be playing for the straight/flush potential. If you spike top pair then you must be aware of whether villains are capable of limping behind with worse holdings such as Q9, K9, Qxs, Kxs. If villains will play any ace, then again this could rationalize playing AJo in early position. But if this is the type of game you're in then why would you not also take advantage of the fact villains are loose passive and pay off too much by playing all pocket pairs?
Anyway, that's a sore spot for me. I think players worry too much about their preflop play and playing "correctly" whatever they think that means preflop. I understand people want some guidance on starting hands, but please don't treat these things like they're rigid set in stone rules. Think for yourself!