Welcome to the FRNL Master Sticky. Updated Dec 1, 2007.
This thread was created to be a master sticky. It will have links to our FAQ, the previous digests, essays and other works by our posters, and any bits of news that come up. This way we can get the information to everybody without cluttering up the front page.
All posters need to read the Posting Guidelines and the FAQ at the minimum, but you really should read everything here. It will make you a better player & a better poster.
FRNL is the newest NL forum and rather than reinvent the wheel, we will be linking to a number of the other NL forum's FAQs and guides.
Where should I post my hand?
High Stakes NL - above 5/10 (above NL1000) Mid Stakes NL - (NL400-NL1000) Small Stakes NL - (NL100-NL200) Micro Stakes NL - (NL50 and below) Full Ring NL - (all full ring hands and B&M hands)
FRNL Required Reading & Really Important Reading
All forum users are expected to be familiar with the following posts before contributing. The most common reason for thread locks by a mod is because you asked a question addressed in one of these two posts. Please read!
How does online poker compare to live poker? Online players are much, much better than live players at the same stakes. There are a number of reasons why:
1 - Live, the lowest stakes are $1/$2 NL. Online, the lowest stakes are $.01/$.02 NL. So online the worst players are playing $.01/$.02 NL. Live they're playing $1/$2 NL. Online, $.01/$.02 NL is SIX levels below $1/$2 NL.
2 - Getting into a live game is far more casual than an online game. Live games often have inexperienced players stumble into the game on their way from the blackjack tables to the slots. Online you need to download and install the software, register an account and figure out a way to deposit. Online takes a far greater level of dedication JUST TO GET STARTED.
3 - When a player wants to make more money live, he moves up in stakes. Online, he multi-tables. In this way online players are able to put much more money in play while limiting their exposure in any one hand and avoid playing with better players. Online $.5/$1 NL players can make a nice living out of multi-tabling. There aren't very many live $1/$2 NL pros.
4 - No HUDs or Pokertracker live.
5 - Online players see many more hands per hour, particularly if they multi-table. More hands per hour equals more experience equals better play.
6 - Free alcohol in casinos.
Obviously this is a generalization. If you looked hard enough you could find tough, low buy-in live games somewhere. If you truly think your live game is that hard, you're playing in the wrong time or place.
Post one hand per thread usually, but you may post several if they are part of the same session and it's intended to be a session analysis. Use a hand converter, and make sure the conversion works on 2+2 by previewing before you finally submit.
Guys, please remember to title your threads clearly with the stakes being played. This will help get better responses to your threads from people playing those stakes.
Good Examples: NL 100 - Turned two pair, how do i extract? NL 25: Suited connector on the button Poker theory - Playing small pairs OOP
Bad Examples: Should I fold in this spot? What could this guy have?
Do not show the results.
Responses should be civil, and you are urged to explain the reasoning for your suggested plays here. Explanations is an aid to all, as clarity of thinking is what help to improve anyone's poker skills.
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A Pooh-Bah post is a kind of essay on a focused strategy topic. Traditionally it's written by a poster who has transitioned up the learning curve a good ways by participating on the (strat) forums, building strategy conversations and playing a lot. They have learned most of the basics (which was harder than they imagined when they first started up the curve) and many of the advanced topics. Usually they write this essay around the time when they reach 1600 posts; which is the point where thier title is changed from 'veteran' to 'Pooh-Bah', hence the name.
A PSA is a 'Public Service Announcement' and is similar to a PB post, but it might not be strictly about hand strategy. It could be a broader topic (such as bankkroll or tilt control), or about contributing to the board. These will go here too.
A stranger is being shown around a village that he has just become part of. He is shown a well and his guide says "On any day except tuesday, you can shout any question down that well and you'll be told the answer" . The man seems pretty impressed, and so he shouts down: Why not on tuesday? and the voice from in the well shouts back: Because on tuesday, its your day in the well .
A number of FRNL regulars have appeared in the well. Here's a sample: