Where do I begin? A guide for beginners
Ok, I know this has been done in the past...(i.e. C9, Jagsti, prob others I'm forgetting)
but I feel like after being on CC for awhile now, It's time to start contributing something more than sarcastic poasts in the cash thread. ( dont worry, I wont give this one up )
but anyways, I remember back when I joined CC, i didn't have a clue where to start. So I stumbled on C9's compendium post, read some articles and felt completely overwhelmed as to what was fold equity, 3/4 betting and wtf was ICM?!?!?
Needless to say, I was overwhelmed. If you don't know what FE is, then how can you read an article about it and understand how employ the strategy?
So to combat this, I thought I would put together a little "beginner's guide", the first few articles to read so you will be able to understand the forum. CC only articles btw
There will be some overlay, the same concept being discussed in different articles, but consider that to be a review.
Also, this isn't going to be "how to be a good cash game player, read this" Theres plenty of that here, this is just to introduce people to the forum/help beginners cross the threshold of "complete noob" to beginner.
(You'll notice alot of familiar faces in each article. I did not write any of these, just put this together to help some learners out. Cheers )
This is Savage Penguin's article on "Pitfalls of Thought". It is very informative to new players, as it debunks some "common myths" about poker/gives helpful insight into the "mental" aspect of the game.
Also, read this:
Since many players on CC are building from freerolls
, this should be very helpful to new players. This was written by OzExorcist discussing building up a baby bankroll.
Now your ready to move onto:
written by FP, this is a good beginning point on how to "study" your game. Without good studying habits, you will not progress far.
Since Tilt is a major leak in new players games...:
Storm Raven wrote a few helpful tips to combat tilting
Pick your poison:
written by FP, this explains a "TAG" or tight-aggressive approach
For LAG, or loose-aggressive, try this written by ChuckTs:
note* LAG is considered a more "advanced" approach than TAG.
I recommend reading both to get an outlook on the different styles of play.
Moving on, if your playing online, your going to need to figure out how to use a HUD, or heads up display:
written by ChuckTs, this guide should introduce you to how a HUD actually works:
Finally, a full post summing up the important skills needed to elevate your game:
Written by ChuckTs:
Ok, this should be a nice foundation for CC beginners to get started with. I encourage everyone after reading these to look through the Golden Archive, (located under "General Poker") and dive into the more complex ideas. Again, hopefully this crash course overview helps people progress