This is a discussion on Slow or aggressive within the online poker forums, in the General Poker section; I guess this is just a question to gauge general strategy and what most people tend to lean towards. I read that most top players
I guess this is just a question to gauge general strategy and what most people tend to lean towards. I read that most top players on average only play 25% of hands. When a tournament starts out I use to go in on almost every hand because in my mind it was cheap to do so. However since reading this I've changed my style a lot. I mean I still go in on more hands at the beginning then once blinds get expensive (depending on what my stack looks like) however I will fold a lot more preflop then I use to and I've had much better results. What does everyone else think?
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that's right, you say. as long as you have a large stack, you can participate in many cheap sweepstakes. but when the blinds increase, you need to narrow your spectrum.
That's not exactly what I am saying though. I'm saying I stopped playing so many hands even when the blinds are cheap because it can really dwindle your stack and leave you weak even when you finally get a decent hand.
of course it is always a good strategy to play a lot of hands at the start of the game. but that does not mean that it is always the strategy which it is absolutely necessary to adopt on all your parts. because several factors come into account. the variance of your opponent's playing style or your image at the table. what is certain is that you must always analyze and adapt to all situations.
There are different strategies. Playing lots of hands because the blinds are still small is not a good idea. On the one hand, you're going to make tough decisions when you hit the board with small cards. On the other hand, especially in bounty tournaments you might miss important bounties because you're 1-2 bbs shorter than your opponent.
I also play more hands when it is cheap to do so early in tournaments/freerolls.; then as it gets expensive I'm much more selective on when I play suited connectors, low/mid pairs, aces with low/mid kickers. It has made my results better overall and deeper results more often now.
I've done a day or two on the 30 day course poker. I must admit, following some of their advice about passive and aggressive play, whether it's just coincidence, I won 2 games and was in the money on the other 3 yesterday.
Personally, I think each game should be a mixture of each. I don't have much time for players who are aggressive all the way through. If that's the way to be successful financially at poker, the pros would do it. Surprisingly, they don't. Says it all...