This has to be the biggest generalization in Poker.

I love a good debate, that’s my problem. If I have an opinion on something I’m going to air it especially when its something that I care about.

So I managed to find myself in the midst of a couple of interesting debates on 2+2 mainly based around peoples generalizations about what is standard.

Adjective: Used or accepted as normal or average: “the standard rate of income tax”.

Who decides what is standard in Poker? The saying goes that if you say something often enough no matter how true, then people will start to believe it. I think this holds some truth especially when it comes to Poker forums. This can work both ways, we see people giving good advice and people follow it and it helps them, we also see bad advice and the same again except this time it will harm their development but in most cases people do not understand why they are doing that something and just take it as read.

Fold Pre.

One of the best pieces of advice or worst pieces of advice you will see on a forum and without a doubt the biggest waste of time there is. Of the two hands that brought these debates we have A4s and 44 in EP with people giving the advice of Fold Pre without offering any explanation what so ever about why that should be. Why is that? Im going to hazard a guess that most of the time its because they have read on a Poker forum that you dont open x Hand from X position. Have they thought about it for a second though as to why this may not be true? Probably not.

Thinking Outside The Box

We all do this don’t we? No we don’t. You say you do, but you don’t. most people don’t even consider their actions at the tables and just do things they have got in to the habit of, this is great if you already are a good player but if you are doing it wrong then those habits are going to be the hardest to break. Before we make a decision at the table the simplest questions to ask ourselves are Why? and What? Why am I folding this hand pre? What if I raised instead of folding? Every decision should be made in that moment and not on some tatty looking hand chart that you have stuck to your monitor.

Try thinking for a change, your game will thank you for it.

I included quite a few generalizations in this post but you probably spotted them? šŸ™‚


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