Hi. Where should I start? Texas hold'em.

Discussion in 'General' started by ringlejames, Oct 28, 2011.

  1. ringlejames

    ringlejames Banned

    I have been thinking about getting into poker. I can personally read people like a book.

    Do I start with pairs and 3 suit after flop. Betting no more than 3x pot unless I am betting and have no less than 4 suited, 3 of a kind, 2 pair, or 1 to draw a straight after flop.

    I'll get into odds later. After I learn odds I am going tolearn more complex bets. Then bluffs. nJust want to start it simple to beat my buddies when we get together. Then I can get into veral mathematics when I am trying to read the other players for bluffs.

    I'll get into outs when I force them to play better or they just dont let me play. Remember them like Basic strategy in blackjack.

    I guess I learned blackjack first because it seemed like more of a challenge for me.

  2. blackjacktilt

    blackjacktilt Well-Known Member

    If you have never played Hold em before, I don't recommend going to a casino for a while. I don't care if you think you can "read people like a book", when money is involved it's a different ball game. Read some books on poker. Start with the basics. Doyle's Power Poker is a good start. It will give you ranks of hands you should open with, and you will learn about position. When you first start you're not even going to be thinking about tells because you're going to be so focused on what you have. Then (hopefully) after a while you will start to realize what you have and start to think about what other people in the hand have... then after you've got that down, you will start to think about what other people think you have etc. I'll give you a quick formula for outs. Flop - mulitply your outs by 4, that's the percentage you are behind. on the Turn - multiply by 2. If your outs come to 32%, you have to be getting 3-1 on your money to call so on and so forth. Start with that. I could go on and on. It's a very complex game, and it will take you a long time to become mediocre. I've been playing for (8) years, and i have a long way to go.
  3. Sucker

    Sucker Well-Known Member

    You're going about it completely backwards -
    The ability to "read people like a book" is a valuable asset to any poker player, of course. However; it's one of the LAST skills that need to be learned on the road to mastering the game of poker. Starting hands, odds, outs, proper bet sizes; and about a million other things need to be learned first - not LATER. :eek:

    Do you go into court and give your closing argument during jury selection? (Don't answer that; I don't want to know :laugh:)
  4. Canceler

    Canceler Well-Known Member

    Certainly true in my case!

    I really like that sentence! I think it ranks right up there with “takes ten minutes to learn, and a lifetime to master” as a description of Hold’em.
  5. blackjacktilt

    blackjacktilt Well-Known Member

    The grind

    Alot of people think (especially those new to the game) that poker is easy. Especially Hold em. Limit is ABC, but the "One bet to call factor" kills alot of people. No Limit is alot different because every hand you get involved in risks your stack. People think they can just get lucky and try outrageous moves they see on TV. What people fail to realize is the fair amount of skill involved (yes short term luck is a factor) and they don't realize how much of a grind poker really is. If you are looking for a good time and don't wish to play the game for anything but leisure, reading and time aren't required. Poker is a skill game like blackjack and for you to contend with some of the sharks out there (even at low limit games) you must do your homework, or you're going to get crushed.
  6. ringlejames

    ringlejames Banned

    Yeah I had the bluffs last copy and pasted stiff moved things around and forgot to check read it afterwards. Lol. I played poker when I was like 5-15 just never played hold'em during that time. So the reading people like a book aint bad but I want to go at this like I did blackjack. I thought I knew how to play blackjack but I put all of my THOUGHTS to the side. Doing the same with blackjack.

    Thanks for the info guys. Going to pick up Doyles book today thanks.
  7. ringlejames

    ringlejames Banned

    Why not if it is the question of lack of evidence or the case is completely circumstantial, I might just pull a DENNY CRANE.

    However, I am not a lawyer, studying law is just one of a number of my hobbies. I got a lot of time on my hands. I have successfully gotten numerous traffic tickets and "pot" charges dropped. A couple of the traffic tickets I even successfully argued at the pre-trial arraignment hearing. I mean what judge wants the whole courtroom to find out that state is defrauding you and the government is allowing it just for revenue and then have someone tell them exactly why and do it right. Would you like sanctions with your tea Mr. Prosecutor. :grin:
  8. aslan

    aslan Well-Known Member

    Like you, I played poker from an early age. Have you ever heard the term, "Quantum leap." It applies to the difference between draw/stud poker and hold'em. I was good at the former, not a champion, but good, and no one could beat me easily. Hold'em is a different order of magnitude altogether. I have been studying it off and on for a few years now and still don't feel comfortable playing for any significant money. Confidence is good-- over-confidence is a sure recipe for disaster. Take it slow and easy. The books will explain it better than I can.
  9. ringlejames

    ringlejames Banned

    Thanks. When it comes to casino games or any game objected around gambling, I like to start fresh and have no preconceived notions. That includes bluffs and reading tells.

    I totally understand where you are coming from though. You could be playing say five card draw and no one in the town can touch you in the long run. But hold'em. Thats another story. A whole lot more luck is needed as well as mathematical ability and the ability to read tells.

    Speaking of tells, a guy named Darren Brown has a few papers on forcing tells out psychologically, which pertains nothing to card games or anything like that. More of magicians tricks. But I cant seem to find them. Would be great to use in a casino environment, however best left to the poker games with faily and friends for fun until they don't want to sit down at the table.
  10. blackjacktilt

    blackjacktilt Well-Known Member

    Luck is not key, but a little factor.

    I don't like the "whole lot more luck is needed" statement, but you are new to the game and you will learn that although short term luck is factor, luck alone will not and cannot beat this game in the long term. The luck factor applies to tournaments moreso than cash games. As far as reading material on tells, google "poker tells" and you will literally find hundreds of books. Matt Hilger, Phil Hellmuth and Mike Caro have the best books available on poker tells.
    If I were you (and I'm not), I would focus on starting hands, recognizing the importance of position and betting before I go for tells. After you get the above, learn the math of the game, then move on to tells. Tells should be the last thing you attempt to learn. When you do play, and when not in the pot, pick someone (or 2 people) and study them. Find their tell, try to guess what they are playing and what they are trying to do. It will all fall into place, but it will take a long time. You will progress, then you will be stuck for a while. You will progress some more, then be stuck for a while. It's a sick pattern and can be frustrating at times. Poker is about the three "P's". People, Position and Patience my friend. Good luck.
  11. ringlejames

    ringlejames Banned

    Lol. I agree with most of what you said. except the luck part. When I first hought of blackjack. I knew I need luck. Learning basic strategy was all about finding some of that luck. Then there was the learning counts systems. I have found most of the luck I am going to find in blackjack almost. I'm good. Some days I am great hitting up the high end of the standard deviation getting very lucky. Hold'em will be no different. I have to find the luck in my first two cards. Find the luck in probability and odds. Find the luck in proper betting. Finding the luck that reading tells gives you. And more.

    I will however be taking it in stride. Not to get ahead of my self and walk in to the game with no preconceived notions. A Study hard for about a year by my self and another 2 or something penny and nicklin it with the friends and fam. All in due time and at its due time.

    Being skilled at a casino game is all about finding the luck or wwhat others think is luck. lol My opinion.
  12. blackriver

    blackriver Well-Known Member

    Hold em is easy

    Many casino gift shops have a basic strategy card for poker like they do for blackjack. If you can't find it go to where you should always go, wizard of odds (http://wizardofodds.com/holdem). there is a lot of depth to the game, but if you follow basic strategy, DONT try to use tells and keep from going on tilt then you will be a winner in most games spread in a casino. To improve just pay attention when you are not in a hand, be rested, and learn to foster a fun atmosphere so fish will want to gamble, and discuss hands with other regs AWAY from the table, this is important because you should never talk poker strategy at the table. Its always tempting to tell everyone how great you played or bad they played or get a pros opinion about what you could' ve done better. But it reminds players that this is money and a battle field. any time someone starts talking about strategy you should immediately try to change the subject to strip clubs and golf/fishing.

    This is the best out line of how to get good at poker I've ever seen. Good luck
  13. Gamblor

    Gamblor Well-Known Member

    Maybe even over-confidence is good in NL Hold-em :)

    Before playing BJ, used to be a more conservative play the odds type player, and basically ground out to even over hundreds of hours. Now that I play BJ more often, what usually happens is I wind up "fleeing" to the poker tables, almost with the intent of just wiling away my time and throwing around my money, and my results have been good. I try to lose and I win! :grin:;):rolleyes:

    Poker is an odd game like that.

    Before anyone gets too carried away with what I say, I just did piss away 1000 in less than an hour in 1-2 NL no less :grin: Poker has less variance than BJ my a$$. OK, at least the way I play.
  14. Dyepaintball12

    Dyepaintball12 Well-Known Member

    Watch "Rounders".
  15. ringlejames

    ringlejames Banned

    Does bankroll management not lay a crucial part? I wouldn't play no-limit without less than $2500. I would bring all of it out at once. Find a table witht that tired tired player that has been playing for a while. That guy you just know is drunk because you just saw him in the lobby. Huh I just saw that guy playing penny slots. That guy has money but he is losing like crazy. I played a few kinds of poker over the years. Finding the weak links and bottom feeders that are just there for "entertainment" cough cough gamblers cough cough. Those ones getting lucky playing for the first few times blushing after winning what is thought to be a huge pot. I can foresee I will be good. It is always the same looking players that lose no matter what game you are playing. I just want to get to that level first to where they wont know what hit'em. Low ballin it. High ballin it. There are many different ways to take money in every game of chance against another player.

    Fun Fun. :grin:
  16. blackjacktilt

    blackjacktilt Well-Known Member


    Bankroll management is huge, so if you only have $2500 and sit down with it all, you are just silly. This also implies you think you will playing something like $5/$10 NL... If you study for a year and play small ball poker for a year and hit a $5/$10 NL table, you will get crushed. $5/$10 is one of the most solid games out there. You are also talking like you watch too much poker on TV. You have no understanding of how much a grind poker really is. So my advice to you is, just play. Go out to your local casino, take $300 to a $1/2 NL game and see how you do. Keep track of your wins / losses, hours played, profit for each session and move up if you think you can. I'm trying to give you advice that I never received. I, like most, had to learn the hard way and it appears you will learn the hard way also. Most players who start out only progress so far because they think they are better than what they really are. Most rely on luck and blame the "stupid plays" that other people make. What they fail to realize is their own play is so predictable, they are fresh fish.
  17. ringlejames

    ringlejames Banned

    I am talking no limit 1-2 with $2500. Playing to make say $300 a sit down. Small ball it pairs and 3 card flush or straight after flop going in no more than 3 times pot. Small ball strategy works great if you choose your prey right. But lets not get ahead of our selves. Learn in strides. I been playing other forms of poker since I was 4. With the adults. I just never got into hold'em. I was just mentioning that there are those weak weak players in all forms of poker. It would be wrong for me not to take advantage of these moments. No hold'em for a year or so though on a casino level. Might get into some other ones but for the time being books, good games, and friday night poker. Advice taken. No problems. I just have this thing where leprechauns seem to dance on my shoulders. Reading people is key. Being an empath helps that. Being able to sense other peoples feelings. Very native background. Alright. Im ramblin now. I think its time to watch a movie or two.

    1, 4 slugger
  18. Gamblor

    Gamblor Well-Known Member

    I have no idea what your talking about as usual, but if you're implying that you require a $2500 bankroll for 1-2 NL for a session, that is way too much. I would say $600 is more than sufficient the way most people play.

    As far as poker variance vs blackjack variance, I was being somewhat facetious when I brought up "losing" $1000 before (not really, playing style is a consideration). In general I would agree yes poker is less variance than BJ - but its difficult to compare since the betting limits are different, its like comparing apples and oranges.

    Just from my own personal experience, from hundreds of hours of play in limit holdem vs BJ play, I would definitely say poker is less variance. In limit hold-em, I don't recall ever more than lets say 3 session where I lost or won. Its usually lose 1, win 1, lose 3, win 2, lose 1, win 2, win 3, lose 2 in a row, etc. In BJ, its quite common where you lose, lets say 7 of 8 sessions, and then win 7 of 8 sessions.

    Can't say I logged in enough hours in NL to form an opinion.
  19. ringlejames

    ringlejames Banned

    I dont need to play poker. I could most likely play blackjack for the rest of my life and make a great living. Oh man. Love it love it love it. Hit up a blackjack win for 3-4k pays six months rent. Have maybe two of them a year. That is pretty much the only big thing I have spent my winnings on.

    Learning blackjack the way I play was a grind. I count yes but do more. Love 1 4 sluggs. I used to sit and play blackjack 4 hours a day minimum 16 hours a day max for almost three years. A grind. 4 straight days of playing marathon sessions starting with just $500. Lost alot won more. Alot smoother now days. May not win as much as fast but dont lose nearly as much as I used too. Mainly because I now use a bankroll with heft too it. Last long. Out last a lot of those small-medium bouts of negative e.v.

    Same idea I have for hold'em. Now granted I should probably have the 2500 in my pocket and use smaller banks of $300 to play with. Instead of just taking it all out. Try to pick up all the players that only got about $40 or something else real low. And after practice, alot of practice, that over sized bankroll should play nicely in picking them apart. mmmmhhhhhhhh hungrey. Cant wait but it is going to be a good long while. Man here I go rambling again. The math WILL work itself when I get done with it. And then the entrance strategy going after weak willed people. Building confidence and reading capabilitys. This next year is going to be fun. but the one after is going to be so much better. :cool:
  20. aslan

    aslan Well-Known Member

    [Boldface added above]
    Don't forget to include those $3-4K losses in your equation. ;) If you haven't experienced them as a counter, you most certainly will, if I can use your expected, occasional $3-4K wins as a gauge of your expected betting level. I don't want to put a damper on your enthusiasm, just want to temper it a bit with a dose of reality learned both from sims and real life experience. :)

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