Analyze Miller’s 6-point poker list – In a recent magazine article, poker guru Ed Miller discussed playing the $ 1- $ 2 no-limit hold’em preflop. He offers a checklist of six “principles.” Very nice! However, he did make one statement that needed to be corrected – at least for low-limit games:
“If you think like everyone else, you’ll play like everyone else, and you’re going to lose the table rake – about $ 10 an hour.”
All things being equal, in the long run, the average low-limit player will lose over $ 10 per hour at $ 5 rake per hand. Explanation: Thirty to 40 hands are dealt per hour of play – an average of about 35 hands per hour. (Check it out for yourself.) Therefore, the hourly rake is $ 5 x 35 = $ 175. With nine players at the table it was nearly $ 20 per hour each. With fewer players, that $ 5 rake will cost more.
In addition to the rake, there’s also the Bad Beat Jackpot drop – $ 1 per hand – $ 35 per hour for the table, or around $ 4 per hour for each player. Then there’s a tip to the dealer. In low limit games, that adds up to nearly $ 30 per hour per player if the table is full – a lot more if the table isn’t full.
Buy it for $ 100, and it will cost the average player a low limit all that after 3 to 4 hours.
But, your goal is to come home victorious. Poker is a game of skill. Being very skilled, you play much better than the average player.
Luck – chance – is also a key factor. You cannot influence which card on the deck will be dealt next. However, you can control how you play your hand and influence your opponent’s play – making luck less significant. Basically, that’s Miller’s checklist.
Selection of the starting hand is important. “If you get out of position, play about 15 percent of your hand. If you’re on the button, play around 35 percent. “
Using the Percentage Hold’em Algorithm it is correct. More importantly, the algorithm also provides criteria for selecting the hands. Avoiding bad starting hands – playing pretty tight – you are likely to lose. And, you rise above the average player.