The first skill in Ed Miller’s The Course — and really, the first skill any poker player needs to master — is having a good pre-flop range.
Many poker books for beginners advocate a set range from each position, and their suggestions are usually quite conservative to keep new players out of trouble. We trust you’re savvy enough to know that poker takes a modicum of aggression, and open ranges are not set in stone. You are going to want to play tighter or looser depending on a wide variety of factors including table dynamics, stack size, player images, your comfort and skill level, and the list goes on.
Luckily, coach Doug Hull came up with a handy guide to help you with your open range in a variety of positions and situations. Print it up and hang it by your computer screen while you’re grinding online, or download the mobile images at the bottom of the page to take with you on your smartphone to the live poker room. Then Tweet at Doug or us and let us know how it’s working out!