Welcome mobsters, if you are reading this blog for the very first time, I thank you for your initial interest. I think that if you give it a little time, you will find something that will peak your interest.
I am a semi-pro poker player and an author. I am currently working on several projects for publication, and will be discussing them on occasion in this blog. If you are a fan then I warn you, from time to time there will be spoiler book ideas discussed.
Section 1: Poker Tips & Concepts
This poker tip is aimed at the beginner or amateur level poker player. One of the most frequent mistakes that new players make is playing to many hands. Many new players fall prey to the idea that any two cards can win. Yes, this is a truth in poker but I however I would remind you that certain starting hands are far more likely to win, and that, it is these superior starting hole cards that will most often win you more money.
You should be selective as to which hole cards you frequently play, continually playing inferior starting hands will cost you a great deal of money and most assuredly guarantee you will be a losing player over all.
Remember it is your job in poker to win the most money and you need to make good decisions repeatedly to achieve that goal. It might seem hard for some to believe but often the best decision pre-flop is to just fold and await better hole cards to play.
If you are a truly new Texas Hold'em Player you might want to consider only playing the top 10 starting hands. If you stick to only playing the top 10 starting hands until you get some practice and experience built up, then you should be well on your way to becoming a winning player. Once you gain some much needed experience, you can add more starting hands to your arsenal and look at position as well.
So for now you need to know what the top hands actually are so I have gone online and copied the following two lists for you. These two lists will actually show you the top twenty starting hands but just stick to the top ten at first.
The Best 10 Texas Hold'em starting hole cards are the following.
1. A A
2. K K
3. Q Q
4. A K (suited)
5. A Q (suited)
6. J J
7. K Q (suited)
8. A J (suited)
9. A K
10. T T
The new 10 of the top 20 starting hands is....
11. A T (suited)
12. K J (suited)
13. A Q
14. 9 9
15. Q J (suited)
16. K T (suited)
17. 8 8
18. Q T (suited)
19. A 9 (suited)
20. A J
Until next time
Section 2: "Ronin's Bankroll Management Challenge"
Well this section is going to be familiar to the forum regulars as I have been running this section for awhile in the forums, It is about the single most important skill a poker player must have in their arsenal in order to be a successful winning player.
Bankroll Management has been estimated to be the single most neglected poker skill by almost 95% of all players. Countless books have been written on the subject, and yet most players most often just ignore the rules of proper bankroll management.
I too fall into this trap at times.
This section is intended to show how proper bankroll management can ensure that and good poker player who approaches his bankroll and poker play from a solid and disciplined position can succeed.
It also is intended to help me to remain focus and discipline in my own bankroll quest to succeed.
The new plan is a simple one.
The challenge will run for 8 weeks, Monday - Friday.
I am going to try to play 1000-2000 hands a day.
Going to try and maintain a minimum buy in level of 40 buy ins for whatever current base level I am playing on at any given time.
I will take a two table shot at moving up in stakes whenever I have my 40 buy in's + 4 buying for the next higher level. During the shot upward move I will only play two table maximum and will have the auto rebuy feature turned off. If I lose the 2 attempted buy in then I go back to playing the lower limit until I once again build back up to at least 40 + 4 buy in's again then repeat.
Once I have 40 full buy in's for the new upper level it will become my new base line level.
Yes I will also play so small Mtt's but the buy ins will be a 1-5 ratio. That means with a $100 bankroll I can play in a $1 buy in tournament with a $5 stop lose in place, so I will allow myself to lose no more than 5% of my total bankroll on any given day of play in Mtt's.
Hope this explains things well enough for you mate.
Week 4 update:
It was a horrible week in every way.
I started the week with over $160 US and finished the week down to just $12 left in my bankroll. I am going to take a full week off the get my head surgically removed from my arse then begin clawing my way back up out of the manure pile I ran into full speed without slowing down to think about the stupidity of the act.
Until later amigos.
Section 3: The daily rant.
It has come to my attention that, some people I know seem to think the best way to deal with any situation is to complain about it. Well this section is devoted to my ranting so, who the heck I am to disagree with them. I find it infinitely easier to deal with a problem after complaining about it.
The only problem I can see with this is there are some things which you are not supposed to complain about. You know the types of things that are too personal or embarrassing to mention to other people.
These pent up frustrations can be quite depressing. But I have just decided on a course of action when faced with such a dilemma, have you guessed it yet? I recommend that you just complain that you are not allowed to complain.
Well until next time, be cool.