Sunday, May 30, 2004


Sklansky's Hold Em Starting Hands

I took a beating last night. My plan is to focus really on hard on mastering the concepts in Sklansky's Hold Em Poker and Sklansky's Hold Em Poker for Advanced Players. I'm losing way too much money.

David Sklansky seems to think that if you master pre-flop play, you can break even. And that if you master play after the flop, then you can become profitable. I don't think I've come even close to mastering pre-flop play, so I'm going to focus on that for now. I'm going to be doing some studying before I even log back on to play. Playing poker online could become a very expensive habit if I don't take it seriously enough to actually learn how to play well.

I will share a success today though. A couple of months ago I won a satellite into the Wednesday Night Super Special at Party Poker. I came in 5th out of 811 players and won $6000. So even after all the losses I've posted about here before now, I'm way up for my poker career.

I think my eventual goal will be to make a side income of some sort playing poker online.

My question is this: does Sklansky's system works for the somewhat inconsistent and sloppy poker world of on-line poker? It seems to me that people are wilder on the internet than in person. Just a thought on taking a beating.
My guess is that Sklansky's starting hands apply even more online than in real life. Seems to me like the super-tight strategy he advocates is going to make a lot more money in the long run.

Of course, I've been playing a good bit of NL lately too, and Sklansky says that the values of the starting cards are very different in NL. I tried to stick with Phil Hellmuth's Top Ten tonight, and did okay.

Phil's Top Ten are 77's and higher, AK, and AQ, whether they're suited or not. Then if you're confident in you're skill level, he recommends throwing in Axs and suited connectors in late position too.
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